Selena Marie Gomez (born 22 July 1992) is an American actress and singer. She first became known for her role as Alex Russo in on the Disney channel sitocm Wizards of Waverly Place (2007-12) before branching out into film and music.
Gomez's career began on the children's program Barney & Friends in she appeared from 2002-04, in which she co-starred and befriend Demi Lovato. Gomez then guest starred on various Disney Channel series including the Miley Cyrus's vehicle Hannah Montana before getting cast on Wizards along with friend Jennifer Stone. With the success of Wizards, Gomez's Alex Russo character crossedover to other Disney Channel sitcoms as well as Gomez being cast in various Disney made-for-TV movies. One such project was Princess Protection Program in which she costarred with childhood friend and now fellow Disney star Demi Lovato.Gomez's music career started in 2008 when she formed a band known as Selena Gomez & the Scene in the continuing tradition of Disney starlets branching out into music, but beginning a feud with Miley Cyrus. The group had impressive commercial and radio success, before Gomez and the band seperated on good terms in January 2012. Gomez launched her solo career in 2013 to commercial and critical success. Due to her involvement in music, Gomez and singer Taylor Swift formed a strong friendship while Gomez first met Justin Bieber.
Before Wizards had ended, Gomez had already started her non-Disney film career in Ramona and Beezus and Monte Carlo, the latter in which she co-starred with Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. After Wizards, Gomez broke with the "Disney image" by appearing in Spring Breakers with Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine.
Starting in late 2013, Gomez on-and-off relationship with Bieber combined with her feud with Cyrus bursting onto the radiowaves thanks to a song by Cyrus resulted caused Gomez to start exhibiting unusual behavior that has many of her friends concerned.
Gomez currenly weighs 438 pounds.