Star Spotlight:
Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez may seem like the latest and greatest on the Hollywood scene, but this entertainment veteran has been working on some of your kids' favorite shows since she was just a kid herself. Here, we turn the star spotlight on this hot young performer.

Selena GomezVital stats

Birthday: July 22, 1992
Home town:
Grand Prairie, Texas
Height:
5 feet 5 inches

Selena Gomez: in the beginning

Selena Gomez may be getting a lot more press lately because of her romance with teen idol Justin Bieber, but the 18-year-old actress has been part of the Hollywood scene for 11 years -- starting with a role in the favorite show of an entire generation of kids.

Gomez landed her first acting gig atdi the age of 7, when she was cast as Gianna in the hit kids' show Barney & Friends. Here, she developed what would become a best friendship with fellow cast member and future TV star Demi Lovato. Selena's love of performing was fostered by her mother, a teen mom who struggled to raise Selena by herself while juggling multiple jobs and stage roles.

In fact, her mom holds the credit for keeping Selena on the straight and narrow instead of under the so-called Disney curse that befell the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Mom keeps Gomez under her watchful eye, telling People in 2008, "She never goes to movie premieres, wrap parties or anything related to the business without a parent. Period. That rule is not changing until she is 21! If she wasn't allowed to do it in Texas, she's not allowed to do it here."

Selena Gomez: TV star

Selena Gomez's big break came in 2006, when she was discovered at a nationwide Disney scouting event. After a guest spot on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and a guest-starring role in two seasons of Hannah Montana, Selena scored her own show with the popular Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2009, she was able to star with BFF Demi Lovato again, this time in the Disney channel movie, Princess Protection Program. When Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie hit the small screen, it drew 11.4 million viewers, making the premiere second only to High School Musical 2 for the Disney Channel and cementing Selena's reputation as a key tween draw.

Music & movies

Two major things have happened for Selena Gomez in the past year: She turned 18, and Wizards of Waverly Place wrapped. What's an aging teen star to do? Parlay her small screen success into a music and movie career, of course! Selena Gomez & the Scene released their first album in 2009; it was certified gold within six months. The group's second album, Kiss & Tell, debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200; its third album, When the Sun Goes Down, is due out on June 28, a perfect tie-in to her new flick, Monte Carlo.

About that new movie: It's just one of what Gomez hopes is many more in her new focus on film. Her first theatrical release, Ramona & Beezus, was met with positive reviews. She really dug into her role for Monte Carlo, learning how to play polo and working with a dialect coach to get two accents down pat.

Giving back

Selena Gomez is one performer who consistenly gives back to her fans and communities. She's been involved with the UR Votes Count campaign, encouraging teens to become politically active during the last presidential election. She acts as an ambassador for DoSomething.org and UNICEF, and is involved with Disney's Friends for Change, promoting environmentally friendly behavior.

Selena Gomez: From child star to a grown-up entertainment force... from the small screen to the recording studio and finally to major motion pictures, Selena Gomez is proving that she is a star for all ages.

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Comments on "Star spotlight: Selena Gomez"

juliette eaton July 01, 2011 | 2:22 PM

NO NO NO TAYLOR IS MARRIED FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!!

juliette eaton July 01, 2011 | 2:19 PM

ok guys you need to stop this cuppel is in love and just cuz he is dating selena dose not mean you need to threaten them ok you now i love him too but just chill out he dosent want you to be sad and not be a fan any more nether would selena they love you to we are how they became famouse so show that you give him/her respect or else they could stop being a top seleb!!! just take my word for it and if justin your reading this or sealena i wanna let you know you can do whatever you want! your bigest fan,juliette eaton :]

SHAIRRY June 30, 2011 | 4:57 PM

I CANT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE TO COME OUT!!

anna red June 30, 2011 | 4:04 PM

i really want to see the movie i think it gonna be a great movie!;)

bettyjames June 29, 2011 | 2:10 PM

you know that justin beiber is chating on you selena gomez with kelly

JUSTIN DREW BIEBER June 26, 2011 | 3:03 PM

GIRLS DONT FIGHT OVER ME I NEVER LIKED SELENA I JUST WANTED TAYLOR TO BE JEALOUS SO SHE WOULD BE MY GIRLFRIEND. SINCERELY, JUSTIN BIEBER

ms.bieber June 26, 2011 | 2:58 PM

selena gomez just want justin bieber so she can be in the hottest RELATIONSHIP in hollywood . BUT JUSTIN LIKES TAYLOR SWIFT THATS HOW HIS LEG GOT BROKEN ,TAYLOR SWIFT TOLD HIM TO BREAK A LEG AND HE BROKE SO HE LOVES TAYLOR NOT SELENA WANT TO BE BIEBER.

yosuf June 26, 2011 | 3:38 AM

hi and its good that iam commenting a bout selena gomez,s she is the best i love her every thing

I hope i dont become constapited June 24, 2011 | 7:01 PM

HEY MOM YOU ROCK........wait this isnt my moms blog about how to how do i put this not become constapaited! I LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY! and it is also about how to poop poos propely! Thanks For your time Billy Bumbardo

Juliet Bumbard June 24, 2011 | 6:54 PM

Justin BIEBER IS NOT RIGHT FOR U HE IS RIGHT FOR ME!!!!!!!!! SOOOOO HES MINE AND WE ALREADY KISSED TWICE BABY TWICE!!!!!! Ps:I RULE AND ROCK AND IS AWESOME Just Kiding

Amber Whitlock June 24, 2011 | 3:09 PM

yes i'm Mollie i think he is the hottest guy on the earth

cami bieber June 23, 2011 | 8:19 PM

selean should die cause justin is my lost brother .if she has a baby i want 2 see it.kkkk justin Bieber.im glad i have found you . me and you have the same last name.iwas put in adopted.now my last name is gonzalez.love you brother

jolie June 23, 2011 | 4:55 PM

are you really in love with justin bieber?

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