Selena Gomez





Grand Prairie, Texas

Birth Name

Selena Marie Gomez




Selena was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to Ricardo Gomez and Mandy Dawn Cornett. She is named after the Tejano singer, Selena. Her parents divorced when she was five and she was raised by her mother. Selena got her start in the children show Barney and Friends, where she played the character of Gianna for two seasons. She then worked with Alan Cumming, Cheech Marin, Mike Judge, Tony Shalhoub, and Daryl Sabaraon the film Spy Kids 3-D:Game Over.

She was eventually discovered by a Disney Channel talent scout at an open casting call in Texas. She originally won the title role of Stevie, Miranda Sanchez's sister in the Lizzie McGuire spin-off, Stevie Sanchez. Although the Disney Channel executives liked her work in the pilot, they decided not to pick up the series. Selena was then cast in another pilot for Disney called Arwin!, but the executives chose to pass on that show as well. She went on to guest star on the Disney Channel Series Hannah Montana where she played Mikayla, Hannah Montana's rival. After much trial and error, Disney finally found a starring role for Selena, the part of Alex Russo, in the series Wizards of Waverly Place, making Selena a household name.

She has appeared in feature films (Ramona and Beezus and Monte Carlo), and TV movies (Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program). She is also the lead singer for the pop rock band Selena Gomez and the Scene and has a record deal with Hollywood Records.

Selena, her mother and her stepfather, Brian Teefey, created the July Moon Productions company in October of 2008 and in 2010, she partnered with Kmart to release her own fashion line, "Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez." The "Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez" line brought in $100 million dollars worth of sales for Kmart in 2011. Brian and Mandy work with Selena on all projects and they take care of some of the more difficult business decisions that she is not yet able to handle. She has a line of perfumes and is also developing a line of nail polish for O.P.I.

She is actively involved as a UNICEF Ambassador and was involved in the UR Votes Count campaign in 2008.

Selena is currently dating Justin Bieber.