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Selena Gomez Reflects on Signing Her ‘Life Away to Disney’ When She Was a Kid

While promoting her new Hulu show, Only Murders in the Building, Gomez talked about how her acting life now compares to that when she was on Wizards of Waverly Place, which began on Disney Channel in 2007.

Per Entertainment Tonight, during the TCA Summer 2021 Tour, Gomez shared her thoughts on those days.

“I signed my life away to Disney at a very young age, and I didn’t know what I was doing. I was just running around on set,” she said.

To be fair, she was a teen.

But, these days, she says her acting life feels different. “What I’d say is the level of sophistication of the material is the first reason why I wanted to do this,” Gomez said of Only Murders in the Building, in which she stars with Martin Short and Steve Martin.

She added that she felt like a “sponge” on the set of the show and aimed to “soak up all the wisdom” from her co-stars, whom she calls her “two crazy uncles.”

“It’s really nice to be back on TV and it’s nice to be cast as my actual age, which never happens,” Gomez said. She added that Martin and Short are “so humble and kind.”

She added: “They’ve been doing this longer than I’ve been alive and I would be so lucky to have a career that’s lasted that long.”

In an interview for Vogue Australia in June, Gomez reflected on her career and her past (very public) relationships.

“I think most of my experiences in relationships have been cursed,” she said. “I’ve been way too young to be exposed to certain things when I was in relationships. I guess I needed to find what was that word for me, because I felt so less than in past relationships, and never really felt equal.”

She said her album Rare and that word itself helped define how she wants to live her life going forward.

“None of what I’m doing now would have stemmed from the mindset I had before. My best stuff is happening now,” she said in an interview with her mom, Mandy Teefey, for The Newsette.

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