Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992, in Grand Prairie, Texas, to a 16-year-old mother. Her mother was a stage actress throughout Selena's youth, which led to her eventual interest in the entertainment industry.
Gomez's first role was as the character Gianna on "Barney and Friends," which she held for 14 episodes until the producers released her because she was too old for the show. She made her first appearance on a Disney program in 2006 in a guest appearance on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." She was later given a small recurring role on "Hannah Montana" before landing the lead roles of Alex Russo on "Wizards of Waverly Place." Once she was cast in the show, she and her family relocated to Hollywood.
Between 2007 and 2012, Gomez released three albums as part of her pop group Selena Gomez & the Scene. After starring in many Disney productions, Gomez was cast in her first mature role in 2012 as part of "Spring Breakers." Gomez scored her first top 10 single with "Come & Get It" in 2013, off her first solo studio album "Stars Dance." The song is Gomez's highest charting single to date, as of 2015.