Selena Marie Gomez was born on July 22, 1992. The American-born actress and musician has gained quite a strong following in the United States and abroad. A known United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, Selena Gomez has come a long way from her modest beginnings.
Born in the town of Grand Prairie, Texas in the Deep South, Selena Gomez’s father was of Mexican American descent, while her mother is half Italian. Selena Gomez’s mother was a former stage actress; her name is Mandy Teefey. When her parents divorced at the age of 5, Teefey raised Gomez alone afterwards.
Selena Gomez was named after the Tejano singer Selena. Selena Gomez grew up homeschooled, and earned her high school degree by doing so as well. In addition, Gomez revealed in an interview with People Magazine that she developed an interest in acting after she watched her mother practice and act in theater in her youth. These passions lead Gomez to start acting herself, and she displayed a natural knack for it.
At the tender age of seven, Selena Gomez began her career as an actress. She played one of the students on Barney & Friends, the PBS children’s show in her first role. She also made appearances in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire, both movies. At the age of 12, the Disney Channel discovered Selena Gomez during a scouting program across the United States.
As Selena Gomez moved to the Disney Channel, her personal profile grew. Soon she was a guest star on the sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. On Hannah Montana, she landed a recurring role in two seasons. Finally in 2007 Selena Gomez got a show of her own – Disney sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place. She would also star in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.