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Q&A: Selena Gomez

The actress hits the magic books on Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place

October 15, 2007

Americans have been celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month since it kicked off on September 15. But as festivities came to an official close on Monday, the Disney Channel planned to keep its celebration going. Last week, the cable network premiered its new Friday-night series, The Wizards of Waverly Place. The show centers on the Russos, a bilingual Mexican American family living in New York City. The family of five may appear to be a normal bunch, but they are anything but ordinary. The three Russo children are training to be wizards. As they learn about their new powers, the siblings often find themselves in very sticky situations.

Selena Gomez (center) plays middle child Alex Russo on Disney Channel's magical new serie
CRAIG SJODIN —DISNEY CHANNEL
Selena Gomez (center) plays middle child Alex Russo on Disney Channel's magical new serie

Actress Selena Gomez, 15, stars as middle child, Alex Russo. TFK chatted with the Dallas, Texas, native about her magical new role, and about all of the wacky things she's seen on Waverly Place.

TFK:

Can you talk more about the show?

Selena:

The kids are learning magic from their father. But at the same time, we still go to school and deal with issues that any other normal teenager would. Our friends and classmates don't know that we can do magic, so we lead kind of a double life. The show is definitely something different from other Disney Channel shows.

TFK:

What's Alex like?

Selena:

Alex is the only girl of the three kids, so she has their dad wrapped around her finger. Also, because she's been raised with boys her entire life, she's got a little tomboyish twist. Alex is the sibling who gets into the most trouble.

TFK:

Are there any similarities between you and Alex?

Selena:

I don't get into as much trouble as Alex does, but I do like the Converse sneakers she wears. Alex has kind of a funky, laid-back, individual style. I think that's something we share.

TFK:

Why do you think kids are so attracted to things that feature magic?

Selena:

There are always times when you wish you could be invisible when something embarrassing happens. Or you wish you could rewind time because you just tripped in front of everybody. That's why I think kids will like the show. We bring to life everything that they imagine and dream about.

TFK:

If you were a wizard and could perform any spell, what would it be?

Selena:

I've always wanted to be able to zap food to anywhere at any time. For example, if you're sitting on the couch craving pizza, you could say a spell, and boom! It's right there. That would be nice.

TFK:

What's the craziest thing you've had to do on the show so far?

Selena:

Oh, man! Where do I begin? I've had to pour chocolate all over myself. I've had mashed potatoes in my hair. We've "flown" magic carpets. I get turned into a tiger in one episode! I think this show's all about the craziness, and we've done a lot of crazy stuff here.

TFK:

What's it like working with special effects?

Selena:

It's really cool. We've been up in harnesses. We've worked with animals and voiceovers. . . The special effects add a different level to the Disney Channel.

TFK:

What do you think kids will get out of the show?

Selena:

They will definitely get a lot of laughs. The parents are going to get a lot out of this, too. It's such a family-based show.

TFK:

When did you first catch the acting bug?

Selena:

I got into it when I was 6 or 7. My mom did a lot of theater back in Dallas, Texas. I asked her if I could try acting, too. Barney & Friends was the first audition I went to and the first show I was ever on. Then, when I was 12, Disney found me at a casting call in Austin, Texas. That's really where it all started.

TFK:

You've made guest appearances on Disney Channel shows like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana. What's it like to be the star now?

Selena:

It's definitely a blessing. I still love guest-starring on Hannah Montana and doing all of that stuff. It's extremely fun. But on Wizards, I'm having an even better time!


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