Selena Marie Gomez, an American singer, actress, businesswoman, and producer, was born on July 22, 1992. She has had great success, breaking 16 Guinness World Records, winning an American Music Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, and being nominated for two Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and four Emmy Awards. Gomez is one of the most popular users on social media, and she has one of the highest Twitter and Instagram follower counts. She was voted Woman of the Year by Billboard in 2017 and was listed in the Time 100 in 2020.
As a young actor, Gomez made her acting debut in the children's television programme Barney & Friends (2002–2004). For her starring role as Alex Russo on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place (2007–2012), she gained notoriety and became a teen idol. Gomez also appeared in the 2009 films Princess Protection Programme and the series' companion movie. 2008 saw her signing with Hollywood Records. She founded the pop rock group Selena Gomez & the Scene in 2009 as the main vocalist, and the group produced three studio albums between 2009 and 2011; all of the band's albums and singles have received gold certification from the RIAA.
Ricardo Joel Gomez and Mandy Teefey, a former stage actress from Texas, welcomed Selena Marie Gomez into the world on July 22, 1992, in Grand Prairie, Texas. Selena Quintanilla, a Tejano singer who passed away in 1995, inspired her name. Her mother, who was adopted, is of Italian origin, while her father is of Mexican descent. In the 1970s, Gomez's paternal grandparents moved from Monterrey to Texas. Gomez has stated that she is "a proud third-generation American-Mexican" and that her family does quinceaneras and attends the Communion Church. We do everything Catholic, however other than barbecuing in the park after church on Sundays, we don't really follow any traditions.
Until the age of seven, Gomez spoke Spanish with ease. When she was five years old, her parents had a divorce, and she stayed with her mother. Gomez has three younger siblings: Victoria "Tori" and Marcus Gomez through Ricardo and his second wife, Sara, and Gracie Elliot Teefey through Mandy and her second husband, Brian Teefey. In May 2010, she completed her high school education at home.
Watching her mother get ready for theatre plays was how Gomez initially developed an interest in having a career in the entertainment industry. She made her acting debut in 2002 playing the role of Gianna on the kids' television programme Barney & Friends. She made her acting debut in the show. "I was very shy when I was little and I didn't know what 'camera right' was," Gomez recounted of the incident. I had no idea what blocking entailed. Barney taught me everything. Between 2002 and 2004, Gomez had thirteen appearances on the show before the producers decided she was "too old" for the programme. Gomez had small supporting appearances in the made-for-television films Walker, Texas Ranger, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over while she was working on Barney & Friends.
In 2007, Gomez was cast as pop sensation Mikayla in a recurring role on the Hannah Montana Disney Channel series. Gomez shot the pilot episodes for two prospective Disney Channel programmes at this period; the first was a spin-off of Suite Life called Arwin!, and the second was a spin-off of Lizzie McGuire called What's Stevie Thinking? In a subsequent audition, she was selected for the lead role of Alex Russo in the network's sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place. Later, Gomez and her mother relocated to Los Angeles. Gomez played a teenage girl in a magical family who runs a restaurant in New York City on Wizards of Waverly Place. It was Gomez's entry into the public, and it rapidly became a hit for the Disney Channel.
Selena Gomez & the Scene went on pause after Gomez announced in January 2012 that she would be taking a break from music. After four seasons, Wizards of Waverly Place's Disney Channel tenure was formally ended that year. Gomez received the Kids' Choice Award for Favourite TV Actress five years in a row (2009–2013). She presently holds the record for the most individual Kids' Choice Award triumphs. Alongside James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, Gomez participated in Harmony Korine's contentious comedy-crime Spring Breakers in 2012. The movie was released a year after its world premiere at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.