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Biographical Information
Full Name: Selena Marie Gomez
Gender: Female
Date of birth: July 22, 1992
Age: 23
Height: 5′ 5″

Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992 is an American actress and singer best known for portraying Alex Russo, the protagonist in the Emmy Award-winning television series "Wizards of Waverly Place".

She subsequently ventured into feature films and has starred in the television movies Another Cinderella Story, 'Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, and Princess Protection Program. She made her starring theatrical film debut in Ramona and Beezus.

Her career has expanded into the music industry; Gomez is the lead singer and founder of the pop band Selena Gomez & the Scene, which has released three RIAA Gold certified studio albums, Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain, and When the Sun Goes Down, spawned three RIAA Platinum certified singles, "Naturally", "Who Says" and "Love You Like a Love Song" and charted four No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. Gomez has also contributed to the soundtracks of Tinker Bell, Another Cinderella Story, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Shake It Up after signing a record deal with Hollywood Records.

In 2008, Gomez was designated a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the daughter of former stage actress Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Teefey (née Cornett) and Ricardo Joel Gomez. Her father is of Mexican ancestry, and her mother is of part Italian descent. Regarding her Hispanic heritage, Gomez said: "My family does have Quinceañeras, and we go to the communion church. We do everything that's Catholic, but we don't really have anything traditional except [that we] go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church."

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 was named after Tejano singer Selena, who died almost three years after Gomez was born. 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 began her acting career at age seven, playing Gianna on Barney & Friends. She later had minor roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire. Gomez also starred in the television movie Brain Zapped. (Selena Gomez also found out that she wanted to be an actress because in E Special she states that "I would also watch my mom on stage do her lines".)

In 2004, Gomez was discovered by the Disney Channel in a USA-wide scouting. Gomez appeared as a guest star on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and had a guest appearance – that later turned into a recurring role – on Hannah Montana from seasons two to three. Gomez previously taped two different pilots that were spin-offs to two previous Disney series.

The first one, What's Stevie Thinking?, was the spin-off to Lizzie McGuire. Gomez played Stevie Sanchez, Miranda Sanchez's little sister. The other show was titled Arwin!, the spin-off to The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in which she played Alexa. Neither series was picked up.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Waterpark Girl
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Julie
2008 Another Cinderella Story Mary Santiago Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special – Leading Young Actress
Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer – Celebrity Dancer
Horton Hears a Who! Helga Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Voice-over Role
2009 Princess Protection Program Carter Mason Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer - TV Star (Female)
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Alex Russo Nominated—Imagen Award for Best Actress – Television
Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard Princess Selenia (Replaced Madonna)
2010 Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds Princess Selenia
Ramona and Beezus Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Summer Movie Star (Female)
2011 Monte Carlo Grace Bennett/
Cordelia Winthrop Scott
Hollwood Teen TV Awards for Favorite Film Actress
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Summer Movie Star (Female)
Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress in a Musical/Comedy
The Muppets Herself
2012 Hotel Transylvania Mavis
2013 Spring Breakers Faith
Aftershock Cameo
The Getaway Kid
Thirteen Reasons Why Hannah Baker

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Barney & Friends Gianna Recurring role
2006 Brain Zapped Emily Grace Garcia Unsold pilot
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Gwen "A Midsummer's Nightmare" (season 2: episode 22)
2007–2008 Hannah Montana Mikayla "I Want You to Want Me... to Go to Florida" (season 2: episode 13)
"That's What Friends Are For?" (season 2: episode 18)
"(We're So Sorry) Uncle Earl" (season 2: episode 22) (uncredited)
2007–2012 Wizards of Waverly Place Alex Russo Lead role
2008 Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream Herself (Season 1, episode 7)
2008 Studio DC: Almost Live Herself Second Show
2008 Disney Channel Games Herself Third annual
2009 The Suite Life on Deck Alex Russo "Double-Crossed" (season 1: episode 21)
2009 Hannah Montana Mikayla "Super(stitious) Girl" (season 3: episode 19)
2009 Sonny with a Chance Herself "Battle of the Networks' Stars" (season 1: episode 13)
2011 So Random! Herself "Selena Gomez & the Scene" (season 1: episode 3)
Musical guest singing "Who Says"
2011 PrankStars Herself "Something to Chew On (Pilot)" (season 1: episode 1)
2012 Funny Or Die Woman "'Fifty Shades Of Blue'" Parody Video

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