. Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress, singer-songwriter and UNICEF Ambassador; 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 television movies Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program. In 2010, Gomez made her theatrical film debut as Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby in Ramona and Beezus.
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 Cinderella Story and Wizards of Waverly Place soundtracks.
Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to Ricardo Gomez and former stage actress Mandy Teefey. Her father is Mexican American and her mother is of 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 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 [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, 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.
Gomez 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 stationary provider Scholastic’s news service for kids and teens, Gomez said: “My family does have Quinceaneras, 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.”