Selena Marie Gomez ( sə-LEE-nə GOH-mez; Spanish: [seˈlena ˈɣomes]; born July 22, 1992) is an American singer and actress. Gomez began her career starring in the children’s television series Barney & Friends (2002–04). She rose to fame playing the lead role of Alex Russo in the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place (2007–2012). Gomez has also starred in films such as Ramona and Beezus (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), Spring Breakers (2013), Rudderless (2014), The Big Short (2015), and The Fundamentals of Caring (2016). She is also known for voicing the character of Mavis in the Hotel Transylvania film franchise.
Gomez formed the band Selena Gomez & the Scene in 2008. The group released the albums Kiss & Tell (2009), A Year Without Rain (2010), and When the Sun Goes Down (2011). They disbanded in 2012, and Gomez released her solo debut album Stars Dance (2013). The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200, and included the top ten single "Come & Get It". After putting out a compilation album as her fifth and final release through Hollywood Records, which was preceded by her second top ten single, "The Heart Wants What It Wants", Gomez signed a new recording contract with Interscope Records. She released her second solo studio album, Revival, in October 2015. The album debuted on top of the Billboard 200, while the first three singles "Good for You", "Same Old Love", and "Hands to Myself" all topped the Mainstream Top 40 chart in the United States. Among music collaborations, she has worked with Charlie Puth on the song "We Don’t Talk Anymore", and with Kygo on "It Ain’t Me". In 2017, Gomez released two singles, "Bad Liar" and "Fetish". According to Billboard, Gomez has sold over 7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide.
Outside entertainment, Gomez released her own clothing line through Kmart in 2010 and a self-titled fragrance in 2013. She has worked with various charitable organizations for years and became a UNICEF ambassador at the age of seventeen. As of September 2017, Gomez is the most followed Instagram user in the world. Gomez has earned numerous awards throughout her career, including an ALMA Award, a Billboard Women in Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, and fifteen Teen Choice Awards.