NAME: Selena Gomez
BIRTHDATE: July 22, 1992 (That makes her Sweet 16!)
HOMETOWN: Grand Prairie, TX
SELENA, BARNEY, DEMI & FRIENDS: Selena Marie Gomez was born in New York City to Mandy Cornet and Ricardo Gomez. At a very young age she tried her hand at acting and met her best friend Demi Lovato while starring on the popular children’s show, Barney & Friends — and the two have been inseparable ever since. While Selena has been achieving fame on Wizards of Waverly Place, Demi was rocking out in the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock. You can often find the girls hanging out on the Jonas Brothers’ “Burning Up” tour where Demi is the opening act and Selena is supporting her friends (and rumored beau, Nick). In recent months the girls got to spend even more time together when they shot their upcoming Disney Channel film The Princess Protection Program which is slated for a January 2009 release.
MAGIC WANDS & GLASS SLIPPERS: In 2007 after auditioning three times, Selena snagged the role of “Alex Russo” in the series Wizards of Waverly Place. The show is about three siblings who are learning magic from their wizard father and life lessons from their magic-less mother. When their Russo kids reach the age of 18, they’ll receive their adult powers. In the meantime, in order to appear like the normal family they try to be, the Russo’s keep their magic under wraps and hide the fact that they have a Magic Lair hidden behind a secret door in the kitchen of the sandwich shop their father owns. Selena’s character is the middle child, only girl, and the object of torment by her high school bully, Gigi. Wizards also happens to be the first Disney Channel series that focuses on a Latin-American family, and the Russo’s heritage also hits home for Selena, who like her character, was born to parents of Mexican-Italian decent.
When the teen actress had a filming break from the series she spent time working on the sequel to 2004’s A Cinderella Story with Drew Seeley of High School Musical fame. Selena plays “Mary”, a dancer who is raised by her evil step-mother (and a former pop star) with her equally snobbish step-sisters. When she dances with a famous singer named Joey (Seeley) who has disguised himself as a high school student at the school’s Masquerade “Black and White Ball”, the two romantically connect but when the clock strikes twelve and Mary quickly runs away leaving her Zune behind, it becomes a search for love for Joey. Will Mary and Joey find each other before the dance competition where he’ll pick the next star of his music video? Find out when Another Cinderella Story comes to DVD next month. Selena even recorded a few songs for the movie!
SELENA vs MILEY: Since Selena’s guest-star appearance as Mikayla, the evil pop-star rival of Hannah Montana on Miley Cyrus’ hit show, rumors have been flying that the tween stars are frienmies. While the two deny it and claim there are no hard feelings, the fact that Selena is rumored to be dating Miley’s ex-boyfriend Nick Jonas can’t help but generate buzz that the girls don’t get along. Earlier this year Miley and her back-up dancer/BFF Mandy, who have a popular YouTube series copied and made fun of a video Selena and her best friend Demi made for their YouTube channel. Miley insists that it was all in good fun and not meant to hurt Selena and Demi, but fans still think it was out of jealousy over a certain JoBro. We don’t see these rumors dying down anytime soon, but could Selena and Miley be taking their battles from the small screen to the stage? Quite possibly. Selena has said she’ll be recording an album this year, but you won’t see her dancing and singing — she’s supposedly playing drums in a pop-rock band!
DID YOU KNOW? This Disney Channel cutie was named after the slain Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla Perez who also grew up in Texas.
– Courtney Justice, Jul/Aug 2008