Selena Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas. She made her television debut alongside the purple dinosaur on Barney & Friends in 2002 before landing her breakout role on the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place. She would play Alex Russo, the lead role on Waverly, from 2007-2012.
Gomez was named after the Tejano pop star Selena, who was tragically murdered at age 23 in 1995, three years after Gomez was born.
Gomez became friends with fellow Disney star Demi Lovato back when the two were auditioning for Barney & Friends.
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