17 Surprising Selena Gomez Facts

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Did you know all these facts about Selena Gomez? Some may surprise you.

1. Did you know that...

Did you know that...
... Selena first appeared on television on an episode of Barney & Friends?

2. Were you aware that...

Were you aware that...
... Selena's mom, Mandy Dawn Teefey, was a stage actress and she inspired her daughter's future career?

3. She was named after...

She was named after...
... Selena Quintanilla Perez, the singer who was shot and killed in 1995.

4. Before becoing Alex Russo...

Before becoing Alex Russo...
... Gomez filmed a pair of television show pilots. Neither got picked up.

5. Before Bieber...

Before Bieber...
... Selena dated Nick Jonas. They were an item in 2008.

6. Before Adidas...

Before Adidas...
... Selena was the face of the Sears. She was featured in a back in school ad campaign in 2009.

7. She has her own clothing line...

She has her own clothing line...
... which is called Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez and which uses eco-friendly materials.

8. You can smell like Selena!

You 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."

9. She has an idea...

She has an idea...
... for pickle gum! Yes, pickle gum! Selena says she would love to create this flavor.

10. She has SIX dogs

She has SIX dogs
They are all rescue dogs and they're named Willie, Wallace, Fina, Chip, Chazz, and Baylor.

11. She's the Youngest UNICEF Ambassador in History

She's the Youngest UNICEF Ambassador in History
She earned the post, at 17 years old, in 2009 and then traveled to Ghana with the organization for her first field mission.

12. Her first credit was...

Her first credit was...
... as Waterpark Girl in 2003's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.

13. Her best friend is...

Her best friend is...
... Taylor Swift! The singers often bake cupcakes together.

14. She has had three RIAA Platinum singles

She has had three RIAA Platinum singles
They are: "Naturally," "Who Says," and "Love You Like a Love Song." Selena also has three Gold albums.

15. She has A LOT in common with Demi Lovato

She has A LOT in common with Demi Lovato
Both appeared on Barney and Friends, both have dated Jonas Brothers and both starred in Disney Channel programs.

16. She turned down High School Music 3

She turned down High School Music 3
Said 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."

17. She learned TWO British accents...

She 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.

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Selena Gomez is a Disney Channel star. She appears on the hit show Wizards of Waverly Place and is considered by many fans to be "the... More »
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Selena Gomez Quotes

I'm not going to be a solo artist. I want to be in a band with four other guys.

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I'm kind of lame. I prefer quiet evenings at home, hanging out with my family.

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