Rose to fame for her starring role as Alex Russo on Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place . In 2008, she formed the band Selena Gomez & the Scene. She released three hit albums with the band, then embarked upon her solo career. Her first two solo albums, Stars Dance (2013) and Revival (2015), hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart.
She grew up observing her mother rehearsing for theater productions. Before Wizards of Waverly Place, she played minor roles in Spy Kids 3 , Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire, and Barney & Friends .
She voices the character Mavis in the Hotel Transylvania films and she plays lead roles in the movies Another Cinderella Story , Princess Protection Program and Ramona and Beezus . In October 2015, she announced that she had lupus, and two years later, Francia Raisa donated a kidney to her.
Her parents are Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Joel Gomez . She has two half-sisters named Gracie and Tori . She had an on-off relationship with pop star Justin Bieber . She also previously dated R&B singer The Weeknd , actor Taylor Lautner and DJ Anton Zaslavski , AKA Zedd.
She appeared alongside Miley Cyrus in three episodes of the series Hannah Montana from 2007 to 2009.