Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the only child of Ricardo Gomez and Mandy Cornett. Mandy Cornett was a versatile stage actress herself. She gave birth to Selena when she was just 16. By the time Selena was five, Ricardo and Mandy parted ways. Selena was named after the Tejano music singer by the same name. Her father's Quintanilla Mexican lineage and mother's Italian lineage gives Selena Gomez her much-hyped-about charisma. She is a 2004 Disney discovery.
A Comprehensive Bio of Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez made her first stage appearance at the age of seven. She spent her seventh birthday at the casting call for Barney & Friends. Competing with thousands didn't deter young Selena at all. Her confidence and attitude won her the role of Gianna, a recurring character in the hit children's television series. She became an integral part of the cast in seasons seven and eight. She has made a mark as a model, too, and is the face of national commercials designed for Wal-Mart, T.G.I. Friday's and Hasbro. She has appeared in films like Spy Kids 3D, Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire, and Brain Zapped. In the latter, her role as Emily Garcia won her national recognition as an actress in the reckoning.
Selena has excelled as an actress in her performances as 'Gwen' in 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody' and 'Mikayla', Hannah Montana's rival, in the Disney serial 'Hannah Montana'. Gomez lent her voice and attitude to the animated films 'Horton Hears a Who', 'A Cinderella Story', and 'Another Cinderella Story'. She is also seen as 'Carter', the insecure tomboy, in the Disney Channel Original Movie, 'Princess Protection Program'. She has also hosted the Studio DC: Almost Live, second show. She has recently launched her own production company that goes by the name of 'July Moon Productions'.
Her contributions to the music world include:
- 'Everything Is Not What It Seems' and 'Make It Happen', in Wizards of Waverly Place.
- 'Cruella de Vil', in the film 101 Dalmatians.
- 'Tell Me Something I Don't Know', 'Bang a Drum' and 'New Classic', for Another Cinderella Story.
- 'Fly to Your Heart', in the animated film Tinker Bell.
- 'Whoa Oh!', a duet with the band Forever the Sickest Kids.
Selena shares a warm camaraderie with fellow actress Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. Her stance at philanthropy extends towards an awareness program aimed at making drivers commit to a better traffic sense. For this, she has teamed up with the State Farm Insurance Company. She is part of the company's TV commercial ads. She is also the ambassador of a street-dog awareness campaign in Puerto Rico that goes by the name 'DoSomething.org'. Her celluloid achievements include:
- Beatrice 'Beezus' Quimby, in Beezus and Ramona.
- Nick's Love Interest, in the Jonas Brothers' music video 'Burnin' Up'.
She won the Kids' Choice Award for the category 'Favorite TV Actress' in 2009, for her role in Wizards of Waverly Place. She also bagged the Young Artist Award in the 'Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special - Leading Young Actress' category, for her performance in Another Cinderella Story. Her screen image, with the famous smile and Converse sneakers, is now synonymous with the Disney Channel. Selena Gomez idolizes actress Rachel McAdams. She is adept at cheer-leading and skateboarding and a true teen icon, living up to the meaning of her name, which means 'moon' in Greek.