Selena Marie Gomez was born July 22, 1992. She is best known for portraying Alex Russo in the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. She is the daughter of former stage actress Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Joel Gomez. She developed an early interest in acting from watching her mother prepare for and act in theater productions.
Selena’s acting career started when she was seven on the children’s television series Barney (you know that big purple dinosaur) where she played Gianna. She had a couple of small roles which included Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire.