Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American singer and actress. She was first featured on the children’s series Barney & Friends in the early 2000s. In 2007, Gomez came to prominence after being cast in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, in which she starred as the lead character, Alex Russo, until its conclusion in 2012. She formed the band Selena Gomez & the Scene after signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2008; they released the studio albums Kiss & Tell (2009), A Year Without Rain (2010), and When the Sun Goes Down (2011) before beginning a hiatus in 2012.
As of 2016, Gomez is scheduled to star in three upcoming films. In January 2015, it was announced that Selena would star in the upcoming movie The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving alongside Paul Rudd. It was also announced that month that she would also star in In Dubious Battle alongside her Spring Breakers co-star James Franco. In September 2015, Gomez was added to the cast of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Gomez was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live for the episode dated January 23, alongside host Ronda Rousey.