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Selena Gomez

Biography of Selena Gomez
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Selena Gomez Biography

Selena Gomez is an internationally known actress and singer. One of the projects she has participated in and which has the most success is the Disney series “The Wizards of Waverly Place”.

Her full name is Selena Marie Gomez. She was born on July 22 of 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Her parents are Amanda Cornett and Ricardo Gomez. Her mother was only sixteen when Selena was born.

When she was 9, she got her first job in show business when she got the role of Gianna, in Barney and her Friends. Thus, she became one of the children who played with the most famous anthropomorphic purple dinosaur in history. Selena worked on several episodes of seasons 7 and 8 between 2001 and 2003. As a fun fact: Selena is not the only singer who worked on Barney and his Friends during this period; Demi Lovato was also part of the cast of the show.

After leaving the series, Selena Gomez auditioned for several roles in other programs and films but was not very successful. She got a small role in the 2003 film “Mini Spies 3 (Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over)” and another like Julie in “Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire”. She also was given the role of Emily Grace Garcia in the 2006 Brain Zapped program, for which she wrote a song.

Eventually she got a couple of small roles as a guest star from two Disney Channel shows that were popular at the time: “Zack and Cody: Twins in Action (whose original title was The Suite Life of Zack and Cody)” and “Hannah Montana”.

In 2007, she was chosen to play the leading role of Alexandra Margarita Russo, better known as Alex Russo, in “The Wizards of Waverly Place. The show tells the story of a family of five in which the three children are sorcerers in training. The show lasted on the air for four seasons with 106 episodes in total and gave rise to the movie “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie”. The program received a great reception and was nominated for five Emmy awards. Two of them went to Selena.

In 2008, she worked on his first animated film: “Horton hears a who!” (whose original name is Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!) and acquired a leading role in the ABC Family production called “A Modern Cinderella 2” (Another Cinderella Story) where she played the character of Mary Santiago, a dancer who suffers a lot of abuse from her legal guardian and two daughters and whose life changes when she meets Joey Parker, a famous pop singer.

Gomez began her musical career in 2008 when recorded “Cruella de Vil” for the Disney CD, Disneymania 6. The original version of the song is part of the soundtrack of 101 Dalmatians. Additionally, she recorded three songs for the film “A Modern Cinderella 2” and one for the soundtrack of “Tinker Bell”.

During her spectacular start as a professional artist, the singer created a band called Selena Gomez & the Scene with which she recorded three albums: Kiss & Tell (2009), A Year Without Rain (2010) and When the Sun Goes Down (2011).

2009 was one of the years with most impact for the actress and singer. She began her first musical work, the pop album entitled Kiss & Tell with support from the Hollywood Records production company. The album went on sale in September 2009.

On the other hand, she co-starred with Demi Lovato the Disney Channel film, “Princess Protection Program” and worked on the “The Wizards of Waverly Place: The movie”. Both works counted on her participation as a singer. For the “Princess protection program”, she performed with Demi Lovato the song “One and the Same” and in the movie of “The Wizards of Beverly place” she contributed in four songs: Disappear, Magical, Magic and Everything Is not as It Seems.

Selena was part of the cast in the 2012 film, “Spring Breakers” directed by Harmony Korine and in which she shared stage with, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, Ashley Benson, James Franco, Heather Morris, Emma Holzer, Ash Lendzion, Josh Randall, Gucci Mane. Also, in 2012, she was the voice of Mavis in the animated film “Hotel Transylvania”.

In 2013, she co-starred in the movie “Getaway” directed by Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy. The same year she released her first studio album as a soloist entitled Stars Dance.

The following year, Selena released “For You”, an album in which she compiled songs from her three previous albums with her former band (Selena Gomez & The Scene) and her solo album. In addition, she played Nina Pennington in the comedy film “Behaving Badly”.

Her fifth album, “Revival”, came out in 2015. In that year, as well Selena Gomez participated in the second part of “Hotel Transylvania” movie and became a mentor to the ninth season of The Voice for Gwen Stefani’s team.

In January 2014, the news of her fight against lupus came out to the public and was known that she had been fighting it since 2012.

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