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Selena Gomez Biography
Birth name Selena Marie Gomez
Born July 22, 1992 (1992-07-22) (age 18)
Grand Prairie, Texas,
Genres Dance-pop, pop rock
Occupations Actress, singer, songwriter, fashion designer
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts Selena Gomez & the Scene
Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American actress, singer, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador who is best known for her contributions in the role of Alex Russo to the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. She subsequently ventured into feature films and has starred in the television movies Another Cinderella Story, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, and Princess Protection Program and made her theatrical film debut in Ramona and Beezus.
Enhancing her repertoire into the music industry, Gomez is the lead singer for the pop band Selena Gomez & the Scene who, together, have released two studio albums Kiss & Tell and A Year Without Rain. She has also contributed to the soundtracks of Tinker Bell, Another Cinderella Story and Wizards of Waverly Place after signing a record deal with Hollywood Records.
1 Early life
2 Acting career
3 Music career
3.1 Solo career
3.2 Selena Gomez & the Scene
4 Other projects
5 Personal life
7.2 Other songs
7.3 Music videos
8 Awards and nominations
Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to Ricardo Gomez and former stage actress Mandy Teefey (née Cornett). Her father is Mexican American and her mother is of half Italian descent. Her birth parents divorced when she was five years old, and she was raised as an only child by her working mother. In 2006, Mandy remarried Brian Teefey. She is named after Tejano singer Selena. In a 2009 interview with People, Gomez mentioned that she developed an early interest in acting from watching her mother prepare for and act in theater productions. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010.
Gomez on the studio set of Wizards of Waverly Place before filming an episode for the show's first season in April, 2007Gomez 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 then 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.
Selena on location in Paris, France filming Monte Carlo in June 2010In 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 March, 2010, Variety reported that Gomez was set to star as one of the three lead roles in Monte Carlo.
Music careerSolo career "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" (2008)
Gomez's first song to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
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 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 SceneMain article: Selena Gomez & the Scene
Formed in 2009, Selena Gomez & the Scene (aka Selena & The Scene) is a teen pop band which 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. The album's single, "Naturally", was certified Platinum by the RIAA on July 15, 2010. The band's second album A Year Without Rain was released on September 17, 2010. The record debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 4, selling 66,000 copies.
Other projectsPhilanthropyGomez was involved in the UR Votes Count campaign which helped encourage teenagers to learn more about 2008 Presidential candidates (Barack Obama and John McCain). In October 2008, Gomez participated in St. Jude's Children's Hospital "Runway For Life" benefit. Gomez is a spokesperson for Borden Milk; she is featured in the campaign's print and television ads. She is the ambassador of DoSomething.org after being involved with the charity Island Dog, which help dogs in Puerto Rico. She got involved while filming Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie in Puerto Rico. Gomez is a spokesperson for State Farm Insurance, and is featured in their TV commercials; which air on the Disney Channel, to raise awareness of being a safe driver. Gomez is also involved with the charity RAISE Hope For Congo, the charity helps raise awareness about the violence against Congolese women, in the Congo.
In October 2008, Gomez was named UNICEF's spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. She said that she was "extremely excited" to "encourage other kids to make a difference in the world."
In August 2009, a 17-year-old Gomez became the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever, passing fellow songstress Hayley Westenra, who had been 18. In her first official field mission, Gomez traveled to Ghana on September 4, 2009 for a week to witness first-hand the stark conditions of vulnerable children that lack vital necessities including clean water, nourishment, education and healthcare. Gomez explained during an interview with Associated Press that she wanted to use her star power to bring awareness to Ghana: “That’s why I feel very honored to have a voice that kids listen to and take into consideration I had people on my tour asking me where IS Ghana, and they Googled it and because I went there, they now know where Ghana is. So it’s pretty incredible.” Gomez said of her role as ambassador that: "Every day 25,000 children die from preventable causes. I stand with UNICEF in the belief that we can change that number from 25,000 to zero. I know we can achieve this because every moment, UNICEF is on the ground providing children with the lifesaving assistance needed to ensure zero becomes a reality."
Gomez was named spokesperson for UNICEF's 2009 Trick-or-Treat campaign, for the second year in a row. Gomez, who raised over $700,000 for the charity in 2008, stated that she hopes to be able to raise 1 million dollars in 2009. Gomez participated in a celebrity auction and hosted a live web cast series on Facebook in support of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. Gomez will return as the UNICEF spokesperson for the 60th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign in 2010.
Gomez is involved in Disney's Friends for Change, an organization which promotes "environmently-friendly behavior", and appears in its public service announcements to raise awareness for the cause on the Disney Channel. Gomez, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and the Jonas Brothers recorded "Send It On", a charity single which serves as the theme song for Disney's Friends for Change in 2009. The song debuted on the Hot 100 at number twenty. Disney's Friends For Change will direct all of its proceeds from "Send it On" to environmental charities to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. On October 6, 2009, Gomez made a surprise visit to a Los Angeles elementary school as part of the "A Day Made Better" program that was sponsored by OfficeMax. During her visit, Gomez gave the school an award, and gave them $1,000 worth of school supplies. Gomez spent the day with the students and talked about the importance of giving back to the community.
Gomez on the set of her music video for "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" in July 2008Gomez was part of Sears back-to-school fashion ad campaign. As part of the campaign Gomez was featured in the television commercials. In August 2009, Gomez also hosted the "Sears Arrive Air Band Casting Call" – to select five people for the first-ever "Sears Air Band", which performed at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
In October 2008, Gomez launched her own production company, July Moon Productions, and partnered with XYZ Films to create star vehicles for Gomez. As part of the agreement Gomez will have the opportunity to be able option articles, hire writers and create talent packages to shop to studios. Also, as part of the deal, "XYZ Films will allow Gomez to star in and produce at least two films. Variety reported that: "In August, XYZ inked a similar deal with Time Inc. and management-production company the Collective to finance the development of the print media giant's content for the bigscreen As part of the July Moon-XYZ deal, Gomez will have the ability to cherry-pick projects from the vast Time Inc. library, which includes Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Life."
In October, 2009, Gomez announced her plan to launch her own fashion line, called "Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez", which is set to launch in fall 2010. The clothing line will consist of and feature bohemian dresses, floral tops, jeans, skirts, jackets, scarves and hats, all made from recycled or eco-friendly materials. Gomez said that the line will reflect her own personal style and described the clothing as being "pretty, feminine, and bohemian," and: "With my line, I really want to give the customer options on how they can put their own looks together I want the pieces that can be easy to dress up or down, and the fabrics being eco-friendly and organic is super important Also, the tags will all have some of my inspirational quotes on them. I'm just looking to send a good message." Gomez, who has no background in fashion, teamed up with designers Tony Melillo and Sandra Campos, both who have worked with big-name fashion houses. Gomez said of the partnering: "When I met Tony and Sandra, I was instantly comfortable with them and now they are just like family to me They are so creative and I love how I can just call them up whenever and talk to them about everything, even if it's just about changing a button They've been so cool about everything." The brand will be manufactured by, Melillo and Campos teamed with New York-based Adjmi Apparel and formed by Adjmi CH Brands LLC; which is the holding company for the brand.
Personal lifeGomez began wearing a purity ring when she was 12 years old. She is the owner of five rescue dogs and describes herself as a "huge animal lover".
After Gomez and Lovato, whom she first met at the Barney & Friends auditions, posted a video blog on YouTube in March 2008, Miley Cyrus and her friend Mandy Jiroux uploaded a parody of that video, which caught the interest of entertainment media. Reports included the theory that Gomez and Lovato might replace Cyrus. Gomez clarified there was no feud, saying: "I'm not interested in being anybody but myself, and I'm not here to replace anyone. I think that she's a wonderful performer, and of course it's a compliment. But I would like to take a different route." In answering a question on Hispanic heritage, to stationery provider Scholastic's news service for kids and teens, Gomez said: "My family does have Quinceañeras, and we go to the communion church. We do everything that's Catholic, but we don't really have anything traditional except go to the park and have barbeques on Sundays after church."
In January 2011, Gomez began receiving death threats via Twitter from fans of Justin Bieber after pictures surfaced of the two kissing. Gomez however remained coy about their relationship stating, "We just like to hang out. They shouldn't be stopping us from going out to dinner and things like that".
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Waterpark Girl Minor role
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Julie Television movie
2006 Brain Zapped Emily Grace Garcia Television movie
2008 Another Cinderella Story Mary Santiago Direct-to-video
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Helga (Voice)
2009 Princess Protection Program Carter Mason Disney Channel Original Movie
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Alex Russo Disney Channel Original Movie
2009 Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard Princess Selenia (Voice)
2010 Ramona and Beezus Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby Main role
2011 Monte Carlo Grace Main role
Year Title Role Notes
2002 to 2003 Barney & Friends Gianna Recurring role
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Gwen "A Midsummer's Nightmare" (Season 2, episode 22)
2007 to 2008 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)
"(We're So Sorry) Uncle Earl" (Season 2, episode 22) (uncredited)
2009 Sonny With a Chance Herself "Battle of the Networks' Stars" (Season 1, episode 13)
2009 The Suite Life on Deck Alex Russo "Double-Crossed" (Season 1, episode 21)
2007 to present Wizards of Waverly Place Alex Russo Main role
Year Title Artist Notes
2008 "Burnin' Up" Jonas Brothers Played Nick Jonas' love interest
DiscographySee also: Selena Gomez & the Scene discography
SinglesYear Song Chart positions Album
2008 "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" 58 — Another Cinderella Story
2009 "Magic" (Originally by Pilot) 61 86 Wizards of Waverly Place
As a featured artist
2009 "Whoa Oh!" (with Forever The Sickest Kids) — — Non-album single
2009 "One and the Same" (with Demi Lovato) 82 — Disney Channel Playlist
2009 "Send It On" (with Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, and Miley Cyrus) 20 — Non-album song
Other songsYear Song Album
2006 "Brain Zapped" Brain Zapped
2008 "Cruella de Vil" Disneymania 6
2008 "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" Another Cinderella Story
2008 "New Classic" (featuring Drew Seeley) Another Cinderella Story
2008 "Bang a Drum" Another Cinderella Story
2008 "New Classic" (Live) (featuring Drew Seeley) Another Cinderella Story
2008 "Fly to Your Heart" Tinker Bell
2009 "One and the Same" (with Demi Lovato) Disney Channel Playlist
2009 "Everything Is Not What It Seems" Wizards of Waverly Place
2009 "Disappear" Wizards of Waverly Place
2009 "Magical" Wizards of Waverly Place
2009 "Magic" Wizards of Waverly Place
2010 "Trust in Me" (From Disney's The Jungle Book) Disneymania 7
Music videosYear Title
2008 "Cruella de Vil"
2008 "Tell Me Something I Don't Know"
2008 "Fly to Your Heart"
2009 "One and the Same"
2009 "Send It On"
Awards and nominationsYear Award Category Work Outcome
2008 Alma Award Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Actress – Television
2009 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program – Series or Special
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Won
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special – Leading Young Actress Another Cinderella Story
Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Best Performance in a Voice-over Role Horton Hears a Who!
Teen Choice Awards "Choice Summer- Celebrity Dancer" Another Cinderella Story Won
"Choice Summer – TV Star-Female" Princess Protection Program
"Choice Other Stuff – Red Carpet Icon: Female" Herself
Imagen Awards Best Actress – Television Wizards of Waverly Place Nominated
Alma Award Special Achievement Comedy - Television - Actress Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave International TV Star Nominated
2010 Gracie Award Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Comedy Series Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program – Series or Special Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Won
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special – Leading Young Actress Princess Protection Program Nominated
BET Awards YoungStars Award Wizards of Waverly Place
American Latino Awards Favorite American Latino Actor Pending
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Won
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female Herself
Choice Summer: Movie Star- Female Ramona and Beezus Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Actress - Television Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave TV Star Wizards of Waverly Place Won
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