LA Times did an awesome interview with Selena Gomez! Do you read the tabloids? Recently, I have not. I’m actually very, very proud of myself. Honestly, the blog sites and everything, I’d be on them nonstop. I’ve gone four weeks total without looking at them and I’m very proud and very happy. I was addicted. It was bad.
Do you mind being in the tabloids? Regardless how much someone says, ‘I don’t believe what they say,’ people do. I’m a person, and I have feelings. I love what I do, and I want to do this the rest of my life, but I do not want it to run my life. Unfortunately, sometimes [celebrities] let the media control their life. I’ve seen that happen. It’s not fun for me.
What was it like the first time you got recognized in public? I
actually got recognized for being on ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.’
I was 13, and I only did one episode and had maybe seven lines total,
and this little girl recognized me and I thought it was the weirdest
thing. I remember back then my signature was totally like my full name
and I took my time to write it all out. Now, I can’t even understand
what I write when I sign autographs.
After getting that first fat paycheck, what was your first big splurge? I spent $200 on a phone. Made me nauseous. But I really wanted it. It was a present for someone.
What’s the best thing about being a star? That I’m able to use my voice for good. That I am able to use my status to my advantage.
Who is your career role model? Rachel
McAdams. I absolutely look up to her in every way possible because
she’s made so many wonderful decisions. I think it’s wonderful that she
spreads herself out. You notice that she reinvents herself in every
character that she portrays. You don’t see her playing one role over
What makes you cry? Thinking about home. I’m
from Texas, and I don’t get to go home often. I miss the normality and
also that it’s not so populated. I’m from a small town, and I still
love going home and being able to drive at 7 in the morning and there
not be any traffic. And I miss my family. They’re the reason I am the
person I am today.
What’s the last song that you downloaded to your iPod? ‘You’re Not Sorry’ by Taylor Swift.
What song do you like to sing in the shower? ‘Cry’
by Mandy Moore. I loved ‘A Walk to Remember.’ I had such a huge crush
on Shane West. So I was obsessed and [the soundtrack songs] ‘Only Hope’
and ‘Cry’ were my jams.
What’s your favorite thing to do all by yourself? I love oil painting. It’s a bummer I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like. I love to paint when I’m back home.
If you could change one thing about being famous, what would it be? That
the press wasn’t so important. I think a lot of celebrities would agree
with me on that. Or that they’d focus on all the great things in
people’s lives rather than all the unimportant or bad things.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
Thank goodness, there isn’t none yet. It’s good right now, but
everyone’s telling me, ‘Just wait.’ So I’m waiting for my big one.’