Although she is still in her late teens, Selena Gomez biography lists numerous accomplishments as an actress and singer. She was born Selena Marie Gomez on July 22, 1992 in Dallas, Texas. She was raised in Grand Prairie, Texas and lived there until she was thirteen.
From 2001 to 2003, Selena played Gianna on “Barney and Friends” produced by Disney. It was on that show she met her co-star Demi Lovato who became her best friend through the years. Selena also guest starred on an episode of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” an episode of “Spy Kids 3D: Game Over,” and three episodes of “Hannah Montana” as Mikayla. She also played a couple of small parts in “Walker, Texas Ranger” in 2005 and in “Brain Zapped” in 2006. In 2007 she began playing Alex Russo in “Wizards of Waverly Place” which is still airing four years later. It also won an Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Children’s Program.
During 2008 Selena played the lead role of Mary in “Another Cinderella Story” which was a sequel to “A Cinderella Story.” She made her first animated movie in 2008 called “Horton Hears a Who!” She recorded three tunes for Disney and appeared in “Burnin’ Up” which was a Jona Brothers music video. Selena also became a spokesperson for Borden Milk that same year. In 2009 she starred in the Disney Channel movies “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie” and “Princess Protection Program.” Her latest starring role is in the movie “Monte Carlo.”
Selena recorded her first album “Kiss & Tell” which hit gold, and followed it up with “A Year without Rain.” Her platinum single “Naturally” started her on her techno journey. She added a techno/dance vibe to “A Year without Rain” to make people want to get up and dance. The album features themes like freedom, love, and living happily in the moment. The album includes songs like “Round & Round,” “Rock God,” “Spotlight,” “Off the Chain,” “Summer’s Not Hot,” “Ghost of You,” “Sick of You,” “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow,” and a Spanish version of “A Year Without Rain.” She toured with her band, The Scene, this year and released an album titled "Otherside" in June. The hit single “Who Says?” is featured on the album.
Selena has been a youth ambassador for UNICEF for which she recently made a trip to Africa. She also has volunteered at St. Jude’s Hospital for children and Disney’s Friends for Change, all of which have broadened her viewpoints on life. She has a new clothing line, Dream Out Loud, which is only sold at K-Mart.
– Sandi Harrison