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Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American actress and singer, she is best known to portray the role of Alex Russo on the Emmy Award winning Disney Channel Original Series, Wizards of Waverly Place.

She has starred in the television movies, Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program. Before Disney, she had one of the kid roles on Barney & Friends. In 2008, she signed a record deal with Hollywood Records and contributed to the Tinker Bell, Another Cinderella Story and Wizards of Waverly Place soundtracks. Her band, Selena Gomez & the Scene, released their debut studio album Kiss & Tell on September 29, 2009, which was certified Gold by RIAA on March 5, 2010.

Early life

Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to Ricardo Gomez and Mandy Teefy (née Cornett), a former stage actress who was 16 when she gave birth to Gomez. Gomez is an only child. Gomez' birth parents divorced when she was five years old, in 1997. She was raised solely by her working mother, who remarried to Brian Teefy in 2006. Gomez was named after Tejano singer Selena. Her father is Mexican and her mother is of half Italian descent. Gomez has stated that when she was a child, she developed an interest in acting from watching her mother perform in theater productions. "My mom [Mandy] did a lot of theater, and I would watch her rehearse. When she got ready for the show and put on her makeup, I would sit behind her and color. She said, 'You have my lines memorized better than I do!' [...] One day I said [to her], "I want to be like you!."SHE

Acting career

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Selena as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place

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Selena as Gwen in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

Gomez began her acting career at age seven, playing Gianna on Barney & Friends. She said that she learned "everything" about how to act while on the show. Season 7 of Barney & Friends, when Selena Gomez was on the show, was held up for some time. Because of this, the episodes featuring Gomez did not air until she was in 5th grade. This resulted in some mild controversy/confusion as to whether she was on Barney in the 5th grade or the 1st grade. She later had minor roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire. In 2004, Gomez was discovered by the Disney Channel in a nation wide scouting. Gomez appeared as a guest star on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and had a guest appearance - that later turned into a recurring role - on Hannah Montana from season's two to three. In early 2007 Gomez was cast in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place as one of the three main characters, Alex Russo. In 2008, Gomez appeared in Another Cinderella Story, the direct-to-DVD sequel to the 2004 Hilary Duff film, opposite Drew Seeley. She also had a minor voiceover role as one the Mayor's ninety-six daughters in Horton Hears a Who! which released in March of that year. In April, Lacey Rose, of Forbes ranked Gomez as being fifth on their "Eight Hot Kid Stars To Watch" list; and Rose described Gomez as having been "a multitalented teen". In June, 2009, Gomez appeared in the made-for-television Disney Channel movie, Princess Protection Program with her best friend Demi Lovato. On August 28, one month after appearing in Princess Protection Program, Gomez appeared in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, a made-for-television film based on the show. In 2009, Gomez did a guest appearance as herself in one episode, of Lovato's Disney Channel television show Sonny With a Chance, entitled "Battle of The Network Stars". Gomez, 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. In February 2009, Gomez signed on to star as one of the two female leads in Ramona and Beezus a film adaption of the children's novel series by Beverly Cleary. In October, 2009, it was confirmed that Gomez was to star as the lead in What Boys Want. In March, 2010, Variety reported that Gomez was set to star as one of the three lead roles in Monte Carlo. Gomez later confirmed this on her Facebook account.

Music career

In 2008, Gomez recorded a cover of "Cruella de Vil" -which included a music video for - for the compilation album DisneyMania 6. Gomez recorded three songs for the Another Cinderella Story soundtrack, which Gomez appears in. Gomez also recorded "Fly to Your Heart" for the 2008 animated film Tinker Bell. In July 2008 - before Gomez' sixteenth birthday, she signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records, a music label owned by Disney. In 2008, Gomez appeared in the Jonas Brothers music video for "Burnin' Up". In 2009, Gomez recorded "One and the Same" for Princess Protection Program as a duet with Lovato - they both appear in the film. Gomez 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 May, of the same year, Gomez was featured - with Forever the Sickest Kids, on a duet version of the non-album song "Whoa Oh!".

Selena Gomez & the Scene

Selena Gomez & the Scene (often stylized as Selena Gomez ♥ The Scene) is an American pop rock band that formed in 2009. The band consists of Selena Gomez on vocals, Ethan Roberts on guitar, Joey Clement on bass, Greg Garman on drums, and Dane Forrest on keyboards. Kiss & Tell is the band's debut studio album and was released on September 29, 2009 by Hollywood Records. On March 5, 2010, the album was certified Gold by RIAA.hi

Personal life

Gomez began wearing a purity ring on her right hand when she was 12 years old. As of December 2009, Gomez has five rescue dogs, and has described herself as being a "huge animal lover”. Gomez is best friends with Demi Lovato, whom she first met at the Barney & Friends auditions, and Taylor Swift. In January 2008, Gomez and Lovato began creating videos on YouTube for their fans.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Waterpark Girl
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Julie
2006 Brain Zapped Emily Grace Garcia
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Mayor's Daughter Voiceover
Another Cinderella Story Mary Santiago Direct-to-DVD
2009 Princess Protection Program Carter Mason Disney Channel Original Movie
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Alex Russo
Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard Princess Selenia Voice/Replacing Madonna
2010 Ramona and Beezus Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby Main role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Barney & Friends Gianna Recurring role
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Gwen "A Midsummer's Nightmare" (Season 2, Episode 22)
2007–2012 Wizards of Waverly Place Alex Russo Main role
2007 Hannah Montana Mikayla "I Want You to Want Me... to Go to Florida" (Season 2, Episode 13)

"That's What Friends Are For?" (Season 2, Episode 18)

2008 Disney Channel Games Herself
2009 Sonny With a Chance Herself "Battle of the Networks' Stars" (Season 1, Episode 13)
The Suite Life on Deck Alex Russo "Double-Crossed" (Season 1, Episode 21)
Extreme Makeover Home Edition Herself Guest Star

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