Selena Gomez – A versatile actress and a pop star

Few entertainers have gone from child stardom to enduring entertainment careers as gracefully as Selena Gomez. Born in the summer of 1992 from a young theater actress, she is named after the superstar of Tejano Selena. It wasn’t long before she felt compelled to step into the spotlight as well. Historical re-enactments led to acting work, first on Barney and his friends from 2002 to 2004, and soon in films like spy on kids. Shortly after leaving the Barney role, Selena attended an open casting call in Austin and was welcomed into the world of Disney Channel’s children’s programming.

She has been on two of Disney’s most popular series, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montanaand in 2008 she starred in a hit show, playing magician Alex Russo on The Wizards of Waverly Place. It was a breakthrough role for Selena, who became a gateway to music by singing the show’s theme song. That same year, a lead role in the musical Another Cinderella Story spawned his first single to crack Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”. In 2009, Selena starred alongside fellow Disney star Texan and Barney alum Demi Lovato in the Disney Channel Original Movie Princess Protection Program. She also began a long stint as a UNICEF Ambassador, a philanthropic role that took her around the world.

That year, Selena’s newly formed band Selena Gomez & the Scene released their debut album. Kiss and say, spinning two more rocker hits “Falling Down” and the club “Naturally,” his biggest hit to date. They quickly followed the album with two more in 2010 and 2011, leaning into a dance-pop sound and launching platinum top 40 hits including “Round & Round”, “A Year Without Rain”, “Who Says” and “Love”. You like a love song. Also in 2010, Selena starred in the film Ramona and Beezus, and his band contributed one song to the soundtrack. More films followed in 2011, including Monte Carlo and an appearance in The Muppets.

In 2012, The Wizards of Waverly Place ended its four-season run and Selena Gomez & the Scene went on hiatus as Selena ramped up her acting career. After replacing fellow Disney star Miley Cyrus in the cast of the animated film Hotel Transylvaniaa role she would later reprise in two sequels, she took a leap to more adult fare with Harmony Korine’s edgy and controversial spring breakers in 2013. The same year, she co-starred with Ethan Hawke in Go away. The adult acting roles fit Selena’s more mature solo debut star dance, which debuted atop Billboard’s 200 album chart to become her first No. 1 album. Its bhangra-influenced debut single “Come & Get It,” co-written by Ester Dean and Stargate, became Selena’s top 10 success. The following year began with a turning point in Selena’s personal life, as she missed tour dates to undergo chemotherapy for lupus. In the months that followed, she appeared in other films such as Without rudderthe directorial debut of William H. Macy, and added a second top 10 hit with the soaring trip-hop ballad “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”

After guesting on EDM-pop producer Zedd’s hit “I Want You To Know,” Selena’s 2015 and 2016 would be largely defined by The comebackhis most acclaimed and successful album to date, featuring a stellar cast of contributors like Max Martin, Charli XCX and the songwriting team of Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. The comeback debuted at No. 1 with the biggest sales week of Selena’s career and had three top-10 hits in the sultry A$AP Rocky collab “Good For You”, the lively “Same Old Love” and the slinky “Hands To Myself”. ,” all of which reached No. 1 on pop radio. In support of The comebackSelena played the role of Saturday Night Liveis the musical guest of for the first time.

Beyond the hit album, this era saw Selena release collaborations that were both poppy (the #9 hit “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Charlie Puth) and experimental (“Trust Nobody” by Cashmere Cat). ) and act in mainstream comedy films Neighbors 2 at Sundance indie The basics of support. As the calendar rolled forward in 2017, she landed in the top 10 with “It Ain’t Me,” a genre-blending gem in tandem with house producer Kygo. Critics and fans alike swooned at Selena’s next single “Bad Liar,” which sampled the famous bass line from Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” She ended the year with two more collaborations, “Fetish” with Gucci Mane and “Wolves,” an electro-pop guitar singalong with Marshmello that became a radio mainstay and topped the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. from Billboard.

Selena’s success in 2017 extended beyond the musical realm and behind the camera. She produced Netflix’s hit adaptation of the young adult novel 13 reasons why, a sobering look at teenage suicide. The show became a conversation starter and cultural phenomenon, leading to a second season in 2018. Selena contributed “Back To You” to the soundtrack, though the video for the song dives into a different kind imagery: that of French New Wave cinema. . The following year, Selena released the multilingual single “I Can’t Get Enough” with a pair of producers – American pop mainstay Benny Blanco and reggaeton hit-maker Tainy – alongside Colombian superstar J Balvin.

2019 has also seen her continue to expand her footprint in Hollywood, both as producer of Netflix docuseries Living without papers and as part of Jim Jarmusch’s comedy horror set The dead don’t die. In October, she released the power ballad “Lose You To Love Me”, the lead single from her long-awaited new album. Rare, followed a day later by the surprise release of a second single, “Look At Her Now”. Within weeks, “Lose You To Love Me” became her first career No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. At the peak of 2020, Rare became her third consecutive album to debut at No. 1.

What followed was one of Selena’s most eclectic years to date. She voiced a giraffe in the fantasy adventure film Dolittle. She produced and hosted the HBO Max cooking show Selena + Chef, in which she features a different notable leader each episode. She guest-starred on two very different trap-infused pop tracks, Trevor Daniel’s acoustic “Past Life” and Blackpink’s K-pop delicacy “Ice Cream.” Along the way, she was named to the Time 100, a list of the most influential people in the world. The versatility continued in 2021 with a dip into Spanish pop on releases like the Revelation EP and the launch of the Hulu series Only murders in the building, a savvy send-up of murder podcasts pairing Selena with comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short. In 2022, before the second season of Only murders Dropped out, Selena continued her musical winning streak with an appearance on Coldplay’s “Let Somebody Go.”

With success as a singer, actress, producer and more, Selena has become a prolific multi-hyphenate. Each new development in her career seems to further cement her place among the most beloved stars of her generation.