Born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas, actress and singer Selena Gomez is the daughter of former stage actress Mandy Teefey (née Cornett) and Ricardo Joel Gomez. When they divorced, she was raised by her mother, who later remarried. Her interest in acting surfaced when she saw her mother prepare for theatre productions, leading her to start her own career. She was seven years old when she starred on Barney & Friends.
Since then, Selena Gomez appeared on shows like the TV film Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire. She began working with the Disney Channel in 2004, making her way into The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as a guest star. She was later seen on two seasons of Hannah Montana before she landed the lead role of Alex Russo in the Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place. She reprised her role in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.
She also had a number of roles in film. These include those in the direct-to-DVD movie Another Cinderella Story and on Princess Protection Program. As for her music career, she formed the teen pop band called Selena Gomez & the Scene in 2009. Their debut studio album is called Kiss & Tell, which was followed by A Year Without Rain in 2010.
Selena Gomez is also involved in several philanthropic projects. She was named UNICEF's spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign in 2008 and became the youngest UNICEF ambassador to be elected in 2009. She has also launched her own production company called July Moon Productions, in addition to her own fashion line known as "Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez