Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas) is an American actress, singer, and businesswoman, who portrayed Gianna in seasons 7-8 of Barney & Friends. Her role as Gianna was one of her first appearances on television.

It was on the set of Barney that she met what would become her long-time friend, Demi Lovato who was playing Angela. Like Lovato, Gomez quit Barney and Friends in 2004 because the producers felt she was getting too old for her role.

She is most well known for portraying Alex Russo in the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place. She also appeared in films such as Ramona and Beezus, Hotel Transylvania and Spring Breakers.

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