Regarding her Hispanic heritage, Gomez has stated: We do everything that's Catholic, but we don't really have anything traditional except [that we] go to the park and have barbecues on Sundays after church.
In , Mandy remarried Brian Teefey. This led to the family having financial troubles, with her mother struggling to provide for them. I remember having a lot of macaroni and cheese but my mom never made it seem like it was a big deal.
She was really strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility. My mom gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me, sacrificed her life for me. I was frustrated that my parents weren't together, and never saw the light at the end of the tunnel where my mom was working hard to provide a better life for me.
I'm terrified of what I would have become if I'd stayed [in Texas]. While attending school as a child, Gomez has stated on numerous occasions that she was the victim of bullying. But, ultimately, it makes you a stronger person to turn your cheek and go the other way. I had two friends, but I just sat at the back of the room and got on with my work. School is such an awkward time in your life. I was never confident in school. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in May She later had minor roles in Spy Kids 3-D: Gomez also starred in the television movie Brain Zapped.
Gomez previously taped two different pilots that were spin-offs to two previous Disney series. The first one, What's Stevie Thinking? Gomez played Stevie Sanchez, Miranda Sanchez's little sister. The other show was titled Arwin! Neither series was picked up. The show premiered to an audience of 5. Many news outlets began dubbing Gomez the next 'Miley Cyrus' causing some controversy and a reported 'feud'.
Gomez clarified that there was no feud and that she was flattered by the comparison, saying: She's obviously extremely successful, and I think she's a wonderful performer So being compared to her, I was very, very flattered. In , Gomez recorded a cover of " Cruella de Vil "—which included a music video—for the compilation album DisneyMania 6. In July , before Gomez' sixteenth birthday, she signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records , a music label owned by Disney.
She also had a minor voice-over role as one the Mayor's ninety-six daughters in Horton Hears a Who! In February , Gomez signed on to star as one of the two female leads in Ramona and Beezus, a film adaption of the children's novel series by Beverly Cleary.
Gomez stated that she felt no pressure in taking more adult roles: I wouldn't do a role I don't feel comfortable doing or that my audience wouldn't feel comfortable seeing. However, the pressure of the media became too much for them and caused the two to break-up. The telecast garnered 8. The Movie , a made-for-television film based on the show. The film premiered to an audience of Gomez's first theatrical film Ramona and Beezus premiered on July 23, and met with generally positive reviews.
In the film, Gomez plays Grace, a girl who's "mistaken for a socialite while on a trip to Paris. The same year Gomez confirmed that the fourth season of her hit Disney Channel show, Wizards of Waverly Place, would be its last.
The record debuted on the Billboard at number 4, selling 66, copies. As of April , the band has sold 1,, albums in the United States. Production for the final season of Wizards of Waverly Place came to a wrap on May 14, The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard , selling 78, copies its first week and the following week, the album rose to number 3 on the Billboard chart, becoming the band's highest charting album to date. On November 17, , the album was certified platinum.
The album's lead single, " Who Says " was certified Platinum by RIAA on June 23, and has become the band's highest charting song on the Billboard Hot to date, peaking at number Films and debut solo album Gomez at the premiere of Hotel Transylvania, In January , Gomez announced that she would put her music career on hold in order to focus on her acting career, and that the band would be taking a hiatus: This year is all about films and acting and I want my band to play music wherever with whoever.
We will be back but, it will be a good while. She first appeared in Hotel Transylvania , an animated film, voicing the character of Mavis , alongside Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi. The film premiered at the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival and was released on September 21, On April 7, , Gomez posted a video for fans in which she revealed that she would be filming a new movie called Getaway in Bulgaria with Ethan Hawke and Jon Voight.
The film wrapped up in May and is scheduled to be released in Gomez was considered for the role of Carrie in the remake of the horror film Carrie, although she never auditioned. The film, entitled Behaving Badly , will be directed by Tim Garrick. Alex , that began production on October 22, , and finished filming on November 10, The album was released on July 24, , and promoted through a world tour.
On November 22, , she perfomed her single "The heart wants what it wants" for the first and last time on the AMAs. After, Gomez released her first greatest hits album, For You.
This is her last album under Hollywood Records as she is now signed with Interscope Records. As of , Gomez is scheduled to star in three upcoming films. In the same month her album was released. Her tour started on May, but because of her Lupus, the singer stopped the tour in August, On October of the same year she was spotted in center of rehab.
Other ventures Gomez starring in a commercial for Borden Milk products, Gomez was part of Sears back-to-school fashion ad campaign. As part of the campaign Gomez was featured in the television commercials. As part of the agreement Gomez will have the opportunity to option articles, hire writers and create talent packages to shop to studios. She is also a spokesperson for State Farm Insurance and is featured in their TV commercials, which air on the Disney Channel, to raise awareness of being a safe driver.