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Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas) is an American actress, singer, and businesswoman. Gomez began her acting career on the children's television series Barney & Friends, portraying Gianna in seasons seven and eight of the show. Her role as Gianna was one of her first appearances on television. Gomez is one of the most well-known actresses to have appeared on the show.

Following her role in Barney & Friends, Gomez is known in other television series such as Wizards of Waverly Place and Only Murders in the Building and appearing in films such as Ramona and Beezus, the Hotel Transylvania franchise and Spring Breakers. In addition to her acting career, Gomez has released several songs and albums.


Barney & Friends

Gomez first gained an interest in pursuing a career in entertainment watching her mother prepare for stage productions. Her mother found an open casting call audition for Barney & Friends online. While excited, she spent her ninth birthday auditioning for the show.[1] She sat in line (alongside her mother) with 1400 children before being picked as one of the cast members.[2] Gomez, who was in fifth grade at the time,[3] debuted in the role of Gianna in 2002. While appearing on iHeartRadio's "The Box" in 2019, Gomez compared her time on the show to feeling like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory due to the fun and colorful sets. The final appearance of Gomez as Gianna was released in 2004.


Selena Gomez holds a (Barney Buddies, 2018) Barney plush on iHeartRadio's "The Box".

Following her time on Barney & Friends, Gomez has discussed being on the show numerous time in various interviews. In relation to her music career, Gomez would sell t-shirts of her and Barney at her concerts, which is the shirt that would sell out the most.[4]

While appearing on the UK radio show BBC Radio 1 on February 15, 2018, Gomez partook in a game in which she was to finish the lyrics to songs she's sung during her career. Out of the three songs that played, which were “I Want You to Know", "One and the Same" and "The Idea Song" (from Barney & Friends), Gomez only remembered the latter to her surprise.[5]

On May 14, 2022, Gomez made her debut as host of Saturday Night Live. In her opening monologue Gomez cited Barney as a Hollywood icon she worked with as well as crediting Barney & Friends as her first show to be on. She ended her monologue by singing "I Love You" encouraging the audience to join in.[6]

Personal Life

Selena Gomez's cake for her thirtieth birthday.

Barney & Friends

For Gomez's thirtieth birthday in 2022, she had a cake with a photo of her and Barney on it, paying homage to her time on Barney & Friends.[7] In multiple interviews, she admitted that her classmates would tease and make fun of her for acting in a show aimed at preschoolers.



Behind the scenes


Barney alumni

  • Gomez shares a birthday with Madison Pettis, who portrayed Bridget on Barney & Friends. Gomez is six years older than Pettis.
  • Gomez attended Cathryn Sullivan's Acting for Film which is also where Lovato, Pettis and Jaren Lewison (former cast members of Barney & Friends) attended.[9]

Demi Lovato

  • During auditions, Demi Lovato was in front of Gomez.
  • Gomez, alongside Lovato, had a crush on Carey Stinson, who was Barney's costume performer during their time on the show.[5]