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.
She was discovered by the Disney Channel when they were doing a nationwide search in 2004. She appeared as a guest star on The Secret Life of Zack & Cody. After that she had a recurring role on Hannah Montana where she played Mikayla from season two to three. Then in 2007 came her starring role on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place as Alex Russo. The show was a hit and lasted 4 seasons!
Selena starred as one of the two female leads in Ramona and Beezus, a film adaption of the children’s novel series by Beverly Cleary. This film had a great cast some which included Selena Gomez, Joey L. King (she has been in over 100 commercials including Walmart & Eggo, she has appeared in various TV shows including CSI, Entourage, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, The Suite Life and Malcolm in the Middle, her first film was Grace), Ginnifer Goodwin (you may know her from such films as Mona Lisa Smile, He’s Just Not That Into You, Something Borrowed and the HBO series Big Love), Bridget Moynahan (of the film Coyote Ugly, I, Robot and she can be seen in the TV series Blue Bloods which also stars Tom Selleck & Donnie Wahlberg), John Corbett (starred in the hilarious film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, was in the TV series Northern Exposure, was Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriend, on Sex and the City and has been seen on the NBC TV series Parenthood), Josh Duhamel (I remember first seeing Josh on the Soap Opera All My Children where he played Leo du Pres, I also watched him on the TV series Las Vegas and he has been in such films as Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and Transformers), Sandra Oh (of Grey’s Anatomy).
Selena did a guest appearance as herself in one episode of long-time friend Demi Lovato’s Disney Channel television show, Sonny with a Chance, entitled “Battle of The Network Stars”. That same month she appeared alongside Lovato in the made-for-television Disney Channel movie, Princess Protection Program. Selena, along with two cast members of Wizards of Waverly Place appeared in a television three-way cross-over episode with Hannah Montana and The Suite Life on Deck, entitled Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana.
As well as acting Selena can also sing! She recorded a cover of “Cruella de Vil” for the compilation album DisneyMania 6, which also included a music video. She recorded three songs for the Another Cinderella Story soundtrack and she recorded “Fly to Your Heart” for the 2008 animated film Tinker Bell. In July 2008, before her sixteenth birthday, she signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records, a music label owned by Disney. She recorded a duet with co-star Demi Lovato titled “One and the Same” for Princess Protection Program in 2009. She recorded four songs, one of which was a cover, for the Wizards of Waverly Place soundtrack, only one single (Magic) from the album was released.
In 2009 Selena Gomez & the Scene was formed which consists of Selena Gomez on vocals, Ethan Roberts on guitar, Joey Clement on bass, Greg Garman on drums and Dane Forrest on keyboards. The bands debut album titled Kiss & Tell was released on September 29, 2009. The band’s second album A Year Without Rain was released on September 17, 2010. Both albums were certified Gold by RIAA! The band’s third album When the Sun Goes Down, previously titled Otherside, was released on June 28, 2011.
Selena is a spokesperson for Borden Milk and State Farm Insurance (to raise awareness of being a safe driver). She is the ambassador of DoSomething.org after being involved with the charity Island Dog, which help dogs in Puerto Rico. She is involved with RAISE Hope For Congo (to raise awareness about the violence against Congolese women and the issue of conflict minerals in eastern Congo). In 2008 & 2009 she was named UNICEF’s spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign (encourages children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world). In August 2009, a 17-year-old Selena became the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever! She is also the owner of five rescue dogs and describes herself as a “huge animal-lover”.
In October 2008, Selena launched her own production company, July Moon Productions. In October 2009, she announced her plan to launch her own fashion line, called “Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez”. The clothing line launched in the fall of 2010. The collection consists of and features bohemian dresses, floral tops, jeans, skirts, jackets, scarves and hats, all made from recycled or eco-friendly materials.
On July 14, 2011 it was announced that Selena had signed a license agreement with Adrenalina, an extreme sports and adventure-themed lifestyle brand, to develop, manufacture, and distribute the actress’ fragrance. It is expected to debut in the spring of 2012.
Selena Gomez Tidbits:
-She remains close to her childhood friend and fellow Disney star – Demi Lovato.
-She is of Mexican and Italian decent.
-Her mom gave birth to her at the age of 16.
-She is named after Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez.
-Her name ‘Selena’ means Moon in Greek.
-She Rescued Her Dog Named Chip From An Animal Shelter.
-She has Four Dogs, Chip, Fina, Willie And Wallace.
-She Enjoys Cheerleading, Surfing And Skateboarding.
-Her favorite candies are snickers and good n’ plenty.
-Although she straightens it, Selena was born with naturally curly black hair.
-She wears a purity ring that says “True Love Waits”.
-Her Favorite Sport Is Basketball.
-Her Role Model And Favorite Actress is Rachel McAdams.
-Her first appearance on Radio Disney was on October 26, 2007.
-Sings the theme song for The Wizards of Waverly Place, “Everything Is Not What It Seems.”
-While Filming The Animated Movie ‘Horton Hears A Who!’ (2008), She Played Steve Carrell’s Daughter But She Never Got To Meet Him.
-In The Movie ‘Horton Hears A Who!’ (2008) Selena Played All 90 Of The Mayor’s Daughters.
-Before Landing The Role Of Alex Russo in “Wizards Of Waverly Place” (2007), Selena wasn’t a Fan Of Neither Magic Or The Harry Potter Franchise.
-Selena Turned Down A Role In “High School Musical 3: Senor Year” Because She Felt It Was A Great Opportunity For Someone Else, And She Wanted To Tackle Something More “Serious”
-She has a YouTube show with her best friend Demi Lovato called “The Demi and Selena Show”.
-She is a huge fan of Johnny Depp and her celebrity crush is Shia LaBeouf.
-Singer Katy Perry gave Selena a song she wrote for Selena and The Scene’s second album!
This girl sure has done a lot in her 19 years! I am sure we will be seeing much more of her in the future as she seems like a sweet gal.
And if the strawberry shortcake doesn’t go swimming with the gold fish in the lemonade and catch cold, I’ll tell you next about another exciting star!
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