17 Surprising Selena Gomez Facts By Author Kay D. Rhodes at Sep 11, 2014 • Category Selena Gomez Did you know all these facts about Selena Gomez? Some may surprise you.1Did you know that…… Selena first appeared on television on an episode of Barney & Friends?2Were you aware that…… Selena’s mom, Mandy Dawn Teefey, was a stage actress and she inspired her daughter’s future career?3She was named after…… Selena Quintanilla Perez, the singer who was shot and killed in 1995.4Before becoing Alex Russo…… Gomez filmed a pair of television show pilots. Neither got picked up.5Before Bieber…… Selena dated Nick Jonas. They were an item in 2008.6Before Adidas…… Selena was the face of the Sears. She was featured in a back in school ad campaign in 2009.7She has her own clothing line…… which is called Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez and which uses eco-friendly materials.8You can smell like Selena!Gomez launched her first fragrance, Selena, in 2012. “I describe it as yummy,” she says. “It’s romantic. It’s not over-bearing.”9She has an idea…… for pickle gum! Yes, pickle gum! Selena says she would love to create this flavor.10She has SIX dogsThey are all rescue dogs and they’re named Willie, Wallace, Fina, Chip, Chazz, and Baylor. 11She’s the Youngest UNICEF Ambassador in HistoryShe earned the post, at 17 years old, in 2009 and then traveled to Ghana with the organization for her first field mission.12Her first credit was…… as Waterpark Girl in 2003’s Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. 13Her best friend is…… Taylor Swift! The singers often bake cupcakes together.14She has had three RIAA Platinum singlesThey are: “Naturally,” “Who Says,” and “Love You Like a Love Song.” Selena also has three Gold albums.15She has A LOT in common with Demi LovatoBoth appeared on Barney and Friends, both have dated Jonas Brothers and both starred in Disney Channel programs.16She turned down High School Music 3Said Gomez in 2008: “I think it would be a great opportunity for someone else. But I passed on it because I didn’t want to do it. I plan to take other roles in acting that are challenging for me. After Disney, I want to be taken seriously as an actress for many years.”17She learned TWO British accents…… for her 2011 role in Monte Carlo. The actress portrayed Grace in the film, a girl who gets mistaken for a socialite while vacationing in Paris.