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Who is Selena?
Selena Marie Gomez was born to Mandy Cornett and Ricardo Gomez on July 22, 1992. At a young age, she moved from New York to Grand Prairie, Texas. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living “paycheck-to-paycheck”. Selena started out on “Barney & Friends” (1992) as “Gianna” in 2001 where she really discovered her talent. Unfortunately, they dropped her from the series after just two years. In 2003, she had a very small role in the movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and a bit part in 2005 when she played “Julie” in Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005) (TV) with Mitchel Musso and in 2006 as “Emily Grace Garcia” in Brain Zapped (2006) (TV) when she recorded a song for the movie. She she guest starred as “Gwen” in “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (2005) and as Hannah’s rival, the ‘evil’ “Mikayla”, in “Hannah Montana” (2006). Selena’s amazing talent landed her roles in two Disney series, both spin-offs. Unfortunately, neither show was picked up until 2007 when she got the role of “Alex Russo” in the magical series “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007) which she auditioned for three times. In March 2008, she made her first animated movie Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and later starred in Another Cinderella Story (2008) (V) with Disney Channel star Drew Seeley for ABC Family. Her two Disney Channel Original Movies Princess Protection Program (2009) (TV), with real-life BFF Demi Lovato, and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009) (TV) which both aired Summer 2009.
Selena is an only child and soon is about to become an older sister as her mom is pregnant. There’s a bit of an argument if Selena will be the sister of her brother or sister.

Facts About Selena
-Is from Grand Prairie, Texas.
-Before landing the role of “Alex Russo” in “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007), Selena wasn’t a fan of neither magic or the Harry Potter franchise.
-Her favorite subject is Science.
-Favorite sport is Basketball.
-She became interested in acting after watching her mom, Mandy Cornett.
-Her favorite band is Paramore.
-She adopted her dog named Baylor from an animal shelter.
-Discovered by Disney in a nation-wide casting call.
-Sung the theme tune to her Disney Channel show “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007).
-Has four dogs – Chip, Willy, Fina and Wallace (& now Baylor)
-Her mom, Mandy Cornett, remarried in 2006 to Brian Teefey.
-She is of Mexican and Italian heritage.
-Her mom gave birth to her at the age of 16.
-Her parents divorced when she was 5 years old.
-She is named after Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez.
-Although she straightens it, Selena was born with naturally curly black hair.
-She went to Danny Jones Middle School located in Texas.
-Her name ‘Selena’ means Moon in Greek.
-Her celebrity crush is Shia LaBeouf.
-Both her family and Fernanda Romero are from the same town in Mexico.
-Had a YouTube show with her best friend Demi Lovato called “The Demi and Selena Show”.
-Has a song written and sung about her on YouTube called “Selena Gomez” by Greg Kurka.
-Was named the youngest ambassador to UNICEF at age 17 (2009).
-Lead singer of the band Selena Gomez & The Scene.
-In relationship with Justin Bieber [2010-present].
-Selena and her mom, Mandy Cornett (Teefey), said good-bye to friends and family in Grand Prairie, Texas to start a new Life in Los Angeles after hearing the life-changing news of Selena’s new role on “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007).
-Is a fan of Britney Spears and considers Britney to be one of her idols.
-In June 2011, she released her album “When The Sun Goes Down”.
-Best friends with Demi Lovato since childhood.
-Hospitalized with nausea and terrible headaches after appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1992). She was later diagnosed with physical exhaustion and food poisoning [June 13, 2011].
-The youngest person ever to be appointed a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador.

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