Selena Gomez

Active - 2003 - Present  |   Born - Jul 22, 1992 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Children's/Family

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Biography by Nathan Southern

After signing for a bit part in the Robert Rodriguez-directed fantasy adventure Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), actress Selena Gomez tackled one of her first leads. She played Alex Russo, a Manhattanite adolescent grappling with the magical powers of her wizardly ancestry, in the Disney Channel sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place (2007). Disney soon helped her launch a successful pop music career, which she nurtured alongside ongoing roles in such tween-centric fare as Another Cinderella Story (2009), Ramona and Beezus (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), and Spring Breakers (2012). In 2010 she began a high-profile relationship with teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.

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  • Debuted in Barney & Friends at age 7.
  • Discovered by Disney in a nationwide talent search when she was 10.
  • Appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and in two episodes of Hannah Montana before landing her own show, The Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • Sings the theme song for The Wizards of Waverly Place, "Everything Is Not What It Seems."
  • Released her first album as part of the band Selena Gomez & the Scene, Kiss & Tell, in 2009.
  • Was named a UNICEF Ambassador in 2009; her first field mission was a week-long trip to Ghana.
  • Released her first solo album, Stars Dance, in 2013.
  • Won a Latin American Music Award for Favorite Dance Song for "I Want to Know You" in 2015.
  • Donated money in 2017 to the University of Southern California for the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research after she was diagnosed with the disease herself.