Born Selena Marie Gomez to Amanda Cornett, who was 16 years old at the time, and Ricardo Gomez in Grand Prairie, Texas, Selena's career began like most entertainment careers, minor roles that hopefully turn into leads. After being dropped from the Barney and Friends show, Selena auditioned for many projects but was offered mostly small roles, including her role in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and her role as Julie on Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005). The tone of her career dramatically changed when she was offered a guest star role as Gwen in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and the role of evil Mikayla in Hannah Montana. Her career began shaping in 2007 when she was cast as the starring role, Alex Russo in the series Wizards of Waverly Place, which later became a popular show.
In 2008, Selena participated in her first animation movie, Horton Hears a Who! followed by a starring role in the ABC Family movie Another Cinderella Story alongside Disney Channel superstar Andrew Seeley. She also starred in Princess Protection Program (2009) with Demi Lovato, and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009) for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise. She also started working on music career, recording a cover of "Cruella de Vil" for DisneyMania 6, three songs for Another Cinderella Story soundtrack, and a single track for the animated movie, Tinker Bell. She also recorded the single "One and the Same" as a duet with co-star and friend Demi Lovato for her movie Princess Protection Program. Toward the end of 2008, Selene signed her first record contract with Hollywood Records and released her debut album, Kiss and Tell, in 2009. She later made a cameo in the Jonas Brothers' video for their single, "Burnin Up." In June, Selena and Demi appeared in a special edition of PEOPLE prior to premiere of their movie, Princess Protection Program, in which Selena pled the fifth when asked about her relationship with Twilight 'hunk' Taylor Lautner.
Although a great entertainer, Selena has a passion for helping others and is a spokesperson for Borden Milk, appearing in commercials and ads. She also worked on a teen-voting campaign, which encouraged teenagers to learn more about the 2008 presidential candidates. She's also heavily involved with the charity Raise Hope for Congo, which helps raise awareness about the violence against Congolese women. In 2008, Selena played a large role in the "Runway for Life" benefit for St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. She was later named the youngest ambassador to UNICEP at the age of 17 in 2009.
After launching her Kmart clothing collection Dream Out Loud in 2010, Selena released her sophomore album A Year Without Rain with her band The Scene. Reportedly, Selena started filming her new movie, Spring Breakers (2012) in February.
Selena Gomez Boyfriend & Dating HistoryAugust 2007 - September 2007
Selena dated actor David Henrie for a couple of weeks during the summer of 2007.
Selena jumped all over Nick Jonas once he and Miley Cyrus broke up. It was one of the things that ignited a rivalry between Cyrus and Selena. Unfortunately, the relationship was short lived.
Selena and Taylor Lautner were spotted getting intimate with each other while shopping with Lautner's younger sister. But the media pressure was too much and the two ended things.
January 2010 - February 2010
Selena and Nick rekindled their short-lived romance when Nick went on tour. However, they split a few months later, saying their careers got in the way.
March 2010 - April 2010
Selena and Cameron Quiseng, the bassist for the band Allstar Weekend, were spotted bowling together. Cameron was extremely complimentary of Selene in multiple interviews. Too much too soon, Cameron.
August 2010 - August 2010
Selena was rumored to be dating Glee star Mark Salling and reportedly kept in touch with him during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards (2010). A friend later revealed to RadarOnline.com "They were texting during the awards, even though Selena was front row and Mark was backstage co-hosting. Every time Mark came up on stage, she was beaming ear to ear.
January 2011 - Present
Rumors that Selena and Justin Bieber were dating began in 2010 but intensified in January 2011 when photos showed the two cuddling with each other while sitting poolside in Mexico. They made it official at the Oscars after-party in March 2011.
Selena Gomez Trivia
Full Given Name:
Selena Marie Gomez
July 22, 1992
Grand Prairie, TX
Los Angeles, CA
The Wizards of Waverly Place
Miscellaneous Trivia:Before landing the role of "Alex Russo" in Wizards of Waverly Place (2007), Selena wasn't a fan of neither magic nor the Harry Potter franchise.
Selena's role model and favorite actress is Rachel McAdams.
While filming Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Selena played Steve Carell's daughter but never met him.
Selena became interested in acting after watching her mom, Mandy Teefey.
Selena's favorite band is Paramore.
Selena adopted her dog named Chip from an animal shelter.
Selena was discovered by Disney in a nation-wide casting call.
Selena sings the theme tune to her Disney Channel show Wizards of Waverly Place (2007).
Selena is an only child.
Selena has four dogs - Chip, Willy, Fina and Wallace.
Selena's mom, Mandy Teefey, remarried in 2006 to Brian Teefey.
Selena wears a purity ring that says "True Love Waits".
Selena is of Mexican and Italian heritage.
Selena's parents divorced when she was 5 years old.
Selena was named after Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who died almost three years after Gomez was born.
Selena went to Danny Jones Middle School located in Texas.
Selena means Moon in Greek.
Selena is a huge fan of Johnny Depp and Lady Sovereign.
Both Selena's family and Fernanda Romero are from the same town in Mexico.
Selena used to do a YouTube show with her best friend Demi Lovato called "The Demi and Selena Show".
Selena has a song written and sung about her on YouTube called "Selena Gomez" by Greg Kurka.
Selena is friends with Jennifer Stone and Jeremy Sumpter.
Selena is the lead singer of the band Selena Gomez & The Scene.
Selena and her mom, Mandy Cornett (Teefey), said good-bye to friends and family in Grand Prairie, Texas to start a new Life in Los Angeles after hearing the life-changing news of Selena's new role on Wizards of Waverly Place (2007).
Selena is a fan of Britney Spears and considers Britney to be one of her idols.
Selena is a huge fan of Fefe Dobson, she covered one of Dobson's tracks "As a Blonde" on her album "Kiss and tell" and Fefe also co-wrote Selena's hit single "Round and Round".
For her 2011 music video "Love You Like A Love Song", Selena had horses spray-painted pink. This led to accusations from PETA and singer Pink about the treatment of the animals.
In June 2011, Selena released her album "When The Sun Goes Down".
Selena was hospitalized with nausea and terrible headaches after appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She was later diagnosed with physical exhaustion and food poisoning [June 13, 2011].
Selena is friends with Taylor Swift.
Selena is friends with Demi Lovato since they met on July 22, 1999 on a casting for Barney & Friends. Later they worked together on Princess Protection Program (2009) (TV) and Sonny with a Chance (2009). Also directed together The Demi and Selena Show (2008).
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