Selena Gomez Biography
Born on 22nd July in the year of 1992 in Texas, Selena Gomez is an American Singer and Actress who is best known for her works of Waverly Place. She has also featured in a number of feature films and also has to her credit a few television movies such as the Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program. However, it was Ramona and Beezus through which she made her theatrical debut. She is just not limited to acting but has also expanded her career to the music industry and is seen as the lead singer in various songs. Selena is the founder of the popular pop band Selena Gomez and the Scene which has released the two most prestigious RIAA Gold certified studio albums A Year Without Rain and Kiss & Tell.
- Nick name: Conchita, Sel, Selenita, Selly
- Date of birth: 22nd July, 1992
- Place of birth: Grand Prairie, Texas
- Origin: United States
- Profession: Television and Film Actress, Philanthropist, Businesswoman
- Known for: Being a part of the movies, music and also shows produced by Disney Universe where Selena plays the role of Alex who is a wizard.
- Website: http://www.selenagomez.com/
Childhood and growing up years:
Selena Gomez was born on 22nd July in the year of 1992 in Grand Prairie located in Texas, United States. She was born to the blessed couple of Ricardo Joel Gomez and the famous former stage actress Amanda Dawn “Mandy” Teefey who is a part of the Italian Descent while her father was from a Mexican ancestry. The Gomez family attends the communion church and they follow all the traditions and customs of a catholic but they do not have traditions of going to a park and having barbecues on Sunday after attending the church. However, sadly Selena’s parents were divorced when Selena was just five years old and subsequently she was raised by her working mother who was her only child. Her mother was remarried in the year 2006 to Brian Teefey. Selena was born when her mother was sixteen years old and she is named after the famous Tejano singer Selena who died three years later the birth of Gomez. In an interview with the People magazine in the year of 2009 Selena Gomez said that she developed an interest in acting since children while she was watching her mother preparing herself acting in theatre productions. Selena acquired her high school diploma through home schooling as she did not attend any private school in the year of 2010 in May.
Claim to fame:
Selena Gomez officially began her acting career when she was seven years old when she first showed up in the year of 2001 while performing in the popular children’s show titled Barney & Friends in which she played the role of Gianna. However, she was dropped from this role two years later in the year of 2003. The consequent year she tried her luck by auditioning for a number of shows but her efforts did not receive much success. Finally she landed with an offer where she has a very minor role to play in the famous film series of Spy Kids 3D: Game Over which was released in the year of 2003. Later she was also seen playing bit roles in the TV movie Walker and Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire which was released in the year 2005. She was gifted with the offer of playing the role of Emily Grace Garcia for a television show which was titled Brain Zapped and was telecasted in the year of 2006. Selena also recorded a song for this particular show.
However, it was in the year of 2006 that Selena Gomez had received her breakthrough as she got a major offer to play a guest role as Gwen in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody which was going to be telecasted on Disney Channel. The Disney Channel had found Selena Gomez after conducting a USA-wide scouting for this role. This offer was later followed by a recurring role as she got to play the role of Mikayla who is the evil in the series of Hannah Montana and was starring from season two to three. Earlier, Selena has recorded two unique pilots which were spin-offs to the earlier Disney show series. The first one was “What’s Stevie Thinking?” which was a spin-off to Lizzie McGuire. She was also seen playing the role of Stevie Sanchez who was Miranda Sanchez’s small sister. However, neither of the shows was picked up and saw little success.
In the earlier years of 2007 Selena was selected to be casted for the famous Disney Channel series entitled Wizards of Waverly Place in which she has played one of the three main characters of the show known as Alex Russo. The show was premiered before 5.9 million audiences and had seen huge success. In the later years, the show had become a popular fixture in the Disney Channel. Seeing Selena’s success with this show, a number of media channels had begun to comment that Selena Gomez was becoming the next “Miley Cyrus”. During the same time she was also in news for causing some kind of controversies following this she was reported as a “feud”. However, Selena cleared this comment while she explained that there was no kind of feud and she was just flattered by the comparison that was made while she also said that it was overwhelming to hear to such a great compliment. The next year in 2008 she was seen in Another Cinderella Story acting with Andrew Seeley and this film was a direct DVD sequel to the 2004 Hilary Duff film starring opposite Drew Seeley. She also lent her voice for a minor voiceover role to one of the Mayor’s ninety-six years old daughter which is an animated movie Horton Hears a Who! and it was released in the same year in the month of March. With this, she made her first animated film. In the month of April in the same year Lacey Rose who is a part of Forbes had ranked Selena Gomez has the fifth person in their “Eight Hot Kid stars to Watch” list and Lacey describes Selena as being a multitalented teen. Selena Gomez was also featured in two films for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise. The first film was titled as Princess Protection Program, released in the year of 2009 followed by Demi Lovato.
In the year of 2009 she gave a guest appearance in one episode of her best friend Demi Lovato’s Disney Channel television show which was known as Sonny with a Chance and the episode was titled was “Battle of the Network Stars”. In the same month she was also seen acting alongside with Lovato in the movie Princess Protection Program. This movie had received 8.5 million viewers at the time of its release and it had become the third most watched Disney Channel Original Movie. On 28th August which is two months after appearing in Princess Protection Program she was seen starring the Wizard of Waverly Place: The Movie which was a movie that was based on a television show. This particular show was premiered to nearly 11.5 million audiences and it had become the No. 1 scripted telecast in the year of 2009 while becoming the Disney Channel’s second most viewed film premiered after the movie High School Musical 2. In the following year this movie had won Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Children’s Program over its counterpart television show which has also won Emmy Awards.
Selena Gomez was making a mark in the music industry and in the year of 2008 she had started working for “Cruella de Vil” in which she had recorded its cover and it was a compilation album for the DisneyMania 6. She also recorded three other songs for Another Cinderella Story in which is also appears. Apart from this she also composed music and recorded the “Fly to Your Heart” in the year of 2008 which appears in the animated film ‘Tinker Bell’. In the year of 2008 on July when Selena was going to turn sixteen she signed a deal with the famous Hollywood Records which is a label that is owned by Disney.
In the year 2009, Selena formed the band Selena Gomez & The Scene which is a teen pop band and Selena takes the part of lending vocals while Ethan Roberts plays the guitar , Greg Garman on drums, Joey Clement works on the bass and Dane on the keyboard. The band made a debut album “Kiss & Tell” in the year 2009 on 29th September. The second album of this band was “A Year Without Rain” and was released on 17th September in year of 2010. This particular album took the fourth position in the Billboard 200 and sold around 66,000 copies. Followed by this success, the band released its third album which was titled When the Sun Goes Down however; previously they had named it Otherside and were release in the year of 2010 on 28th June. By now the band had become the highest charting song in the list of Billboard 200 and is stood at the 21st position.
Selena has made her first theatrical film Ramona & Beezus which was premiered in 23rd July in the year of 2010. The film had received positive reviews and in the same year in the month of March, Variety reported that Selene Gomez was going to appear to three lead roles in Monte Carlo starring opposite the famous actor Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester. In this film Selena plays the role of Grace who is a girl who is mistaken for a popular socialite while on her trip to Paris. In order to prepare herself for this role, Selena Gomez learnt how to play the game polo and also took nearly two weeks of vocal training classes so as to learn the two different British accents. In the same year, she was also signed up for the fourth consecutive season of her hit show on Disney Channel, Wizards of Waverly Place and this was going to be the last season of the show.
In the year of 2011, in combination with Strike Entertainment and Universal Pictures, Selena had received to play the lead alongside Jay Asher in the novel Thirteen Reason Why. This news was apparently reported by Deadline.com. In the same month the TV Guide had announced that Selena was going to make a cameo by appearing in the film Muppets. This year had also seen the wrapping up of the popular Disney Channel Show Wizard of Waverly Place on 14th March, 2011. Selena was bestowed with the prestigious opportunity to co-host the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards which was going to be held on June 19th. This was followed by playing the host for MTV EMA’s of 2011 on 6th November. In this award ceremony she has also performed her band’s latest single known as “hit The Light”. The same year Variety reported that Selena was in talks to appear in the upcoming movie Spring Breakers beside James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Emma Roberts. However, Selena later confirmed this news and said that the actually production would begun in the early days of the year of 2012.
Apart from making success in acting and music, Selena has also lent her efforts to participate in the UR Votes Count campaign where she strived to encourage the teenagers to know more about the 2008 presidential campaign about Barack Obama and also John McCain. Presently, she is the spokesperson for Borden Milk and is seen featuring in the campaign’s television and also print advertisements. Selena is the ambassador for DoSomething.org when this website had seen her being involved in the charity of Island Dog which was started to help dogs in the place of Puerto Rico. Besides all the above, she is often seen to various commercials that are aired on Disney Channel so as to raise awareness of being a safe driver. In the year of 2008, Selena was selected for being the spokesperson for UNICEF for the Trick-or-Treat campaign that was started by UNICEF. She was the designated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in that year.
In 2011 February Selena Gomez had traveled to Chile in order to witness and communicate with the families of UNICEF’s program “Programa Puente”. This helped her understand the families better and also develop skills to deal effectively with the development stages of childhood. She is also part of the Disney’s Friends for Change which is an organization that promotes ‘environmental friendly products and behavior’. For this purpose she has also done a number of public service announcements. Later that year Selena along with Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato had recorded the song “Send It On” which is a charity single and all the revenue where proceeded to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. This song stood at the number 20th position in the Billboard Hot 100. She is the owner of six rescued dogs and she is a animal-lover.
Trade Marks of Selena Gomez:
Dark Eyes and Dark Hair
Awards and Nominations Received:
Selena Gomez has eleven awards to her credit till date for her works in music and acting. She has won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for her performance in the movie Another Cinderella Story in the category of Favourite TV Actress in the year of 2008.
In the year of 2009 she was won the Teen Choice Awards in the category of Choice Summer-Celebrity Dancer for her Performance in Princess Protection Program and also Another Cinderella Story. In the same year she had won the Alma Awards for being the Best Television Actress for her show Wizards of Waverly Place. Apart from this she has received the Gracie Award for being the Outstanding Female Rising Star in a Comedy Series for the show Wizards of Waverly Place. In this year she also acquired another Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award.
In the year of 2010, she won the Teen Choice Awards for her performance in Herself and the following year she received the Imagen Awards for being the Best Young Actress once again for Wizards of Waverly Place.
Selena Gomez is also seen nominated in a number of prestigious awards.
“Who says, who says you’re not perfect? Who says you’re not worth it? Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting? Trust me, that’s the price of beauty, who says you’re not pretty? Who says you’re not beautiful… Who says?”
“When you take your step your dream comes true, you see the sky with fluffy clouds you take your breath-the flowers bloom you below your way to the top of the mountain you see the sky it leaves you nothing but bumps the rain comes down the lighting hits you are the thunder and Im your lighting just deal with everything Naturally.”
“who says you’re not star potential who says you’re not presidential who says you can’t be in movies listen to me listen to me who says you don’t pass the test who says you can’t be the best who said who said would you tell me who said that. yea! who says” “so cool nobody to hold me, you’re so wrong believe in what you told me, you would never leave me by myself out in the middle of nowhere, now I’m lost trying on my own I thought I could never do this alone, but now I’m walking by myself out the middle of nowhere”
“I maybe had a first love and had my heart broken, but reflecting on it, I don’t think that was love. I think as I’m getting older and having more in-depth relationships, maybe I’ll experience it. At the moment, I don’t know, exactly, if I’ve been in love.”