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, Walker Texas Ranger, 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, Ramona and Beezus, Monte Carlo and Spring Breakers. In October 2015, she announced that she had Lupus.
Her parents are Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Joel Gomez. She has two half-sisters named Gracie and Tori. She had a longterm relationship with pop star Justin Bieber and in 2017, she began dating The Weeknd. She also previously dated 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.