Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Alex Russo on the Emmy Award winning Disney Channel Original Series, Wizards of Waverly Place. She has starred in the Televisione movies, Another Cenerentola 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 Cenerentola Story and Wizards of Waverly Place soundtracks. Her band, Selena Gomez & the Scene, released their debut studio album baciare & Tell on September 29, 2009.
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. Her mother Mandy remarried in 2006 to Brian Teefy. Gomez was named after Tejano singer Selena. Her father is Mexican and her mother is of Italian descent. Gomez stated that when she was a child she'd developed an interest in recitazione 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 mostra and put on her makeup, I would sit behind her and color. She said, 'You have my lines memorized better than I do!' [...] One giorno I detto [to her], "I want to be like you!."
Gomez began her recitazione career at age seven, playing Gianna on Barney & Friends. She detto 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 o the 1st grade. She later had minor roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial da Fire. In 2004, Gomez was discovered da the Disney Channel in a nation wide scouting. Gomez appeared as a guest stella, 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 Cenerentola 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 mese 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 Televisione mostra Sonny With a Chance, entitled "Battle of The Network Stars". Gomez, along with two cast members of Wizards of Waverly Place appeared in a Televisione 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 stella, star as one of the two female leads in Ramona and Beezus a film adaption of the children's novel series da Beverly Cleary.. In October, 2009, it was confirmed that Gomez was to attached stella, star as the lead in What Boys Want.
In 2008, Gomez recorded a cover of "Cruella de Vil" -which included a Musica video for - for the compilation album DisneyMania 6. Gomez recorded three songs for the Another Cenerentola 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 Musica label owned da Disney. In 2008, Gomez appeared in the Jonas Brothers Musica 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 (often stylized as Selena Gomez ♥ the Scene) is an American Pop rock band that formed in 2008. The band consists of Gomez on vocals, Ethan Robert on guitar, Joey Clement on bass, Greg Garman on drums, and Dane Forrest on Keyboards.
During an interview with Jocelyn Vena, of MTV in August 2008, she detto of her future Musica career that: "I'm going to be in a band — no Selena Gomez stuff. I'm not going to be a solo artist. I think that I don't want my name attached to it. I will be singing, and I'm learning drums and playing electric guitar. Gomez along with her band, Selena Gomez & The Scene released their debut studio album, baciare & Tell on September 29, 2009. The album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 with the sales of over 66,000 copies in its first week of release. The album's first single, "Falling Down" was released on August 21, 2009, and the song's Musica video was premiered after the world premiere of Gomez' TV-movie Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie on August 28, 2009. She and her band performed the song on Dancing with the Stars season nine. Gomez stated, via her Twitter that the band was currently preparing to release their secondo single, "Naturally". The Musica video was shot on November 14, 2009 and premiered on Disney Channel following the premiere of Phineas and Ferb Natale Vacation on December 11, 2009, and the single was officially released the same day. They are currently on their House of Blues 2010 Tour. The band also performed their secondo single, "Naturally" on The Ellen DeGeneres mostra and at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
Gomez was involved in the UR voti Count campaign which helped encourage teenagers learn più about their 2008 Presidential candidates (Barack Obama and John McCain). In October 2008, Gomez was named a spokesperson for UNICEF's 2008 Trick-or-Treat campaign, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. She detto that she was "extremely excited" to "encourage other kids to make a difference in the world." 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 Televisione ads. She is the ambassador of DoSomething.org after being involved with the charity Island Dog, which help Cani 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 sicuro, cassetta di sicurezza 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..
Gomez at the Young Vogue Hollywood Party in 2008.In August, 2009, Gomez was named and currently, at the age of 17, is the youngest UNICEF ambassador. 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 detto during a interview with Associated Press that she wanted to use her stella, 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 detto of her role as ambassador that: "Every giorno 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 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. 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. Gomez was named spokesperson for UNICEF's 2009 Trick-or-Treat campaign, for the secondo anno in a row, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world. Gomez, whom raised over 700,000 for the charity in 2008, stated that she hopes to be able to raise 1 million dollars, a 300,000 increase from the precedente year, In 2009. Gomez participated in a celebrity auction in support of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. As part of the auction, Gomez donated 4 VIP tickets to a concerto - of the bidders choice - with a backstage meet and greet and signed CD of her album baciare and Tell. On October 29, 2009, two days before Halloween, Gomez will take part in a live web cast series hosted on Facebook, and will speak to viewers about and taking part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. On October 6, 2009, Gomez made a surprise visit to a Los Angeles elementary school as part of the "A giorno Made Better" program that was sponsored da OfficeMax. During her visit, Gomez gave the school an award, and gave them $1,000 worth of school supplies. Gomez spent the giorno with the students and talked about the importance of giving back to the community.
As of September, 2009, Gomez currently is the new face of Sears back-to-school fashion ad campaign. As part of the endorsement deal Gomez is featured in their Televisione commercials and recorded "Dont Just Go Back Arrive". 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 Musica Awards on September 13, 2009.
In October 2008, Gomez launched her own production company, July Moon Productions, and partnered with XYZ Films (Xamien Your Zipper) to create stella, 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 negozio to studios. Also, as part of the deal, "XYZ Films will allow Gomez to stella, star in and produce at least two films. Variety reported that: "In August, XYZ [Films] 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, [Selena] 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 da 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 o eco-friendly materials. Gomez detto 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 o down, and the fabrics being eco-friendly and organic is super important [...] Also, the tag will all have some of my inspirational Citazioni 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 detto 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 Amore 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 da Adjmi CH Brands LLC; which is the holding company for the brand.
Gomez began wearing a purity ring with "true Amore waits" engraved when she was 12 years old. As of December 2009, Gomez has five dogs, and has described herself as being a "huge animal lover”. Gomez is best Friends with Demi Lovato - her co-star in Princess Protection Program and Barney and Friends, whom she has been Friends with since the two met at a Barney and Friends audition. After the two postato 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 Cyrus were arguing over Nick Jonas, o that Gomez and Lovato might replace Cyrus. On replacing Cyrus, Gomez clarified: "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."