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Interview: Selena Gomez

Though Selena Gomez only turns 19 on July 22, the Texas native already has left her mark on television, music and the movie industry. And yet, tabloids are only interested in who she’s allegedly dating (Justin Bieber) and how she’s feeling (a recent hospital stay set the Internet ablaze for days). On the morning we spoke about her upcoming film Monte Carlo, Gomez had just learned that her single “Who Says,” which is featured in the movie’s marketing campaign, had gone platinum, so we started our discussion there.

Q: Congratulations on your single going platinum.

A: Thank you! I’m so excited. I couldn’t believe it. I think it’s a goal for every artist. We just want our music to be heard in every part of the world. I’m just so excited that people are hearing these lyrics and this song.

Q: Your lyrics are very uplifting, similar to songs written by
Katy Perry, Pink, and Justin Bieber. Is this a trend, where pop songs
are skewing in a more positive direction?

A: Well, I love that, and I hope that it continues to happen because
music just affects people’s feelings. It brings out emotions in you and
makes you happy and sad. I’m thrilled that we have an array of powerful
songs out right now.

Q: Monte Carlo is one of the first films released this
summer for girls. And the season is pretty much dominated by
blockbusters aimed at teenage boys, from superhero films to Transformers sequels. Does that frustrate you?

A: No, that doesn’t bother me at all. I mean, I get it. I love those
movies, and I enjoy them with my friends, as well. But I think that
what’s exciting about Monte Carlo is it’s presented in contrast
to all of those films. I feel like it’s going to be a fun movie for
girlfriends to go to with their moms. It’s a sweet simple movie. It
never gets too loud! If anything, I’m doing it for all of my girls. The
sci-fi movies can get all of the boys, so long as Monte Carlo gets all of the girls.

Q: When you jumped from “Wizards of Waverly Place” to your first feature film, Ramona & Beezus, did you notice a drastic difference between working in television and film?

A: Oh, it’s so different. Especially when you come from a four-camera
sitcom. We’d bang out our show in front of a live audience, and I guess
it became kind of easy. But on a film, you are working 14-hour days
every day. Sometimes you are working nights. Your whole life is spent on
either a soundstage or a set. It’s definitely different, but I enjoy
both a lot, and I had a great time on Monte Carlo.

Q: You shot in some strange locations.

A: Well, most of the film was actually shot in Hungary, which was
really cool. There were certain parts of Hungary that actually resembled
Paris. We also shot in Paris for four days, and then wrapped in Monte
Carlo. I’d been to Paris before, but had never been to Monte Carlo or
Budapest.

Q: That would scare me a little. I’m not sure I could handle that culture shock.

A: No, it wasn’t at all. It was really beautiful. The people were nice, and the food was fantastic. I had a great time.

Q: OK, you have to fake a British accent and play polo in this film. Which presented the greater challenge?

A: Definitely polo. [Laughs] I mean, I’m an actress. I don’t have a
horse background. I may be from Texas, but my part of the state doesn’t
have horses. It was very funny for everyone else, because I really
wasn’t very good at it at all. I loved riding the horse. I was just
terrible at the game of polo.

Q: But you are great at Twitter. You’re coming up on 6 million
followers, and yet you only follow 600 people. What does it take to get
Selena Gomez to follow you on Twitter?

A: Here’s the thing about that. I want to follow my fans. But I’m
always usually on Twitter tweeting and talking to my fans, and whenever I
read their “@ replies,” I’m inspired by them so I’ll quickly follow
them. But I never get the chance to sit there and hit the “follow”
button on all of the people who have such nice things to say to me. I
would love to follow everybody. But I do want them to know I appreciate
everything that is sent.

Q: So that’s you. It’s not an assistant monitoring your Twitter feed.

A: Not at all! I love being able to talk to my fans. That’s all me!

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