Selena Gomez Talks About Challenges of Being a Disney Girl, Love for Acting and Music

On a recent trip to Miami to promote her new film, Monte Carlo, Selena Gomez discussed the challenges that come with being a “Disney Girl.” While she admits that this very “family-friendly” image does cause her to be typecast, she says that the label does not bother her. If anything, it inspires her to put even more effort into her work.

Gomez explains:

“[Being typecast] doesn’t bother me. That allows me to know that I have to work and fight hard in the movie theaters to be a better actress.”

The actress also spoke a bit about her love for both acting and music. While Gomez is perhaps best known for her acting work, most notably as the star of the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, she also has a strong music career with her band Selena Gomez & The Scene.

“I really like portraying characters who are nothing like me. That can be a big challenge. I love being able to transmit feelings and emotions to the public. The same thing happens to me with music, which inspires people and has an effect,” Gomez said.

One thing that Gomez does regret, however, is the fact that so many people have only come to know her through her high-profile relationship with Justin Bieber. She says:

“I do all I can to be able to focus on what I like. Obviously, I can’t hide. I live my life.”

Selena Gomez’s newest film, Monte Carlo, premieres in theaters July 1.