Selena Gomez was born to Ricardo Gomez and Mandy Teefy on July 22, 1992 in New York City. Soon after, her family moved to Grand Prairie, Texas where Selena spent most of herchildhood. Her namesake comes from none other than the famous Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Selena’s father is from Mexico, and her mother, a former stage actress, is of Italiandescent. Selena claims that she became interested in acting while watching her mother perform. Selena is an only child; her parents split up when she was a mere five-years-old.
Film and TelevisionCareer
Selena Gomez’s acting debut came when she was only 7-years-old. She landed a role on the famous children’s program, Barney & Friends.
In 2003, Selena’ experience earned her a cameo appearancein Spy Kids 3 and Brain Zapped. She also had roles in Walker, Texas Ranger and Trial By Fire. Disney soon caught wind of this blossoming beauty with the outstanding talent, and in 2004, she landedroles in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana. She was also given roles in two Disney spin-off shows which, unfortunately, were not picked up until 2007 when Selena landed the starringrole of Alex Russo in the Disney Original Series, The Wizards of Waverly Place.
During 2008, Selena Gomez starred in Another Cinderella Story, and also recorded a voice-over for the animatedfilm, Horton Hears a Who. She has starred in Princess Protection Program (2009) with real-life best friend, Demi Lovato. Filming for the movie rendition of The Wizards of Waverly Place began in February 2009 andis set to be released in August of the same year.
Interested in philanthropy, Selena is currently an ambassador for a charity group on Do Something.org, an organization that helps dogs in PuertoRico. She is also a spokesperson for State Farm Insurance and has appeared in several of the company’s television commercials.
Selena Gomez works off camera as much as she does on camera. She was...