Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American actress and singer. Gomez first made her debut appearing as Gianna in Barney & Friends, lasting from 2002 to 2004. Following this, Gomez had cameo roles in films such as Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005). In 2006, Gomez appeared as a guest star on an episode of the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as well as Hannah Montana. Following this, Gomez starred in the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. The series was a critical and commercial success, earning Gomez numerous awards and nominations. Gomez later appeared in numerous Disney Channel series and films including Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream (2008) and Disney Channel Games (2008). In 2009, Gomez appeared in the films Princess Protection Program and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie before releasing her first studio album as Selena Gomez & the Scene, titled Kiss & Tell. The album was a commercial success, peaking inside the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.
Life and career
1992–2006: Early life and career beginnings
Selena Marie Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Ricardo Joel Gomez and former stage actress Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Cornett. Gomez was named after Tejano singer Selena, who died almost three years after Gomez was born. Her father is of Mexican descent while her mother, who was adopted, has some Italian ancestry.Regarding her Hispanic heritage, Gomez has stated, "My family does have Quincea eras, and we go to the communion church. We do everything that's Catholic, but we don't really have anything traditional except [that we] go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church."Her birth parents divorced when she was five years old, and she was raised as an only child by her working mother, who had her when she was 16.This led to the family having financial troubles, with her mother struggling to provide for them. On the situation, Gomez stated "I was frustrated that my parents weren't together, and never saw the light at the end of the tunnel where my mom was working hard to provide a better life for me. I'm terrified of what I would have become if I'd stayed [in Texas]." On June 12, 2013, Mandy and her second husband Brian Teefey had a daughter named Gracie Elliot Teefey.
Gomez names Bruno Mars as her major musical influence and idol, saying she is influenced in everything he does from "his style of music, his style in general, the way he performs, the way he carries himself."Gomez also cites Beyonc and Rihanna as influences.Gomez's debut solo album Stars Dance (2013) was prominently influenced by singers Britney Spears, Taylor Swift and Skrillex.
|Barney & Friends||Gianna||2002–04|
|The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Gwen||2006|
|Wizards of Waverly Place||Alex Russo||2007–12|
|Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream||Herself||2008|
|Studio DC: Almost Live||Herself||2008|
|The Suite Life on Deck||Alex Russo||2009|
|Sonny with a Chance||Herself||2009|
|The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex||Alex Russo||2013|
|Austin Mahone Takeover||Herself||2013|