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The Secret life of ... Disney star Selena Gomez

Slo_gomez_k988w5nc_400 Selena Gomez doesn't want to talk about whether or not she's dating Nick Jonas (though she most recently denied it -- again -- to reporters.) But it's hard to blame the 16-year-old star of Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place" for wanting to downplay her personal life when her brand is booming. She's busy working on a new album for next year and running her just-unveiled production company, July Moon Productions. And while she won't be voting in today's presidential election, Gomez has spent the last half of 2008 encouraging teens to get involved in politics, as the national spokesperson for the organization Ur Vote Counts.

"We prepare them for the election as though they were going to vote, talking to them about issues like national security, the economy and education," Gomez said. "When I thought about the fact that I'd be voting in two years I freaked. I wanted to prepare myself. What's awesome is I can get other kids involved as well."

During some rare free time, Gomez talked about being in the limelight, the first time she got recognized in public, and the one thing she likes to do all by herself.

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 and 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 was the first movie you ever saw?

The first movie I remember seeing was "Alice in Wonderland." That and "The Wizard of Oz" are the reason I wanted to be actress. Judy Garland was my role model when I was like 6.

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.

The Secret Life ... is a regular feature in which celebrities talk about the highs and lows of being famous.

-- Denise Martin

Photo credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

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Dear Selena Gomez I LOVE your T.V

thank you to make us know more about her !!!

dear selena i love your t.v shows and i really want to be your friend

I am not dating Nick Jonas, now leave me alone!

why dont you just leave Nick Jonas alone he does not love you and never will so leave him alone

by the way i hate you and everyone knows your dating him

this is such a fake
selena is a nice person
so leave her alone
let her live her own life

all of you guys need to leave selena alone!!! this is her life not yours she is a regular person just like you and me. and who cares if she is dating nick it is there choice and if you are a true fan of her and nick and care you will be happy that there happy. All of you that are mad at selena because she is dating nick are being stupid because you are just jealous of her when the truth is you need to get a life and realize nick is never going to date you. Thanks to everyone else who is also on my side on supporting selena and nick.

a sweet guy like nick and a cool girl like selena would not be mean.they could be dating or they could't.so wha,t people need to stay out of some eless live, please just leave them alone.{that means book editers.}

SELENA GOMEZ I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SELENA GOMEZ IS ahh-maziiingggggg! :)

ur n awsum person..b da same...no matter woteva hapns..luv u..

selena iv always wanted to be an actress and a singer sinse i saw you on disneychannel you what i hate about reporters is that they exagertate on everything so the news can spread on more faster im lookin forward to meeting you and becoming an actress and a great singer just like you!lov you

Il ove you selena

hey i looooooooooove u selena im ur biggest fan but i mean ur beautiful ,smart,elegant and u look fabulous in the tinkerbell.but u cant bet up hannah montana or we can say miley she is more beautifuler than u and better than u and i dont know why nick likes u

hey i love u u r like my fav singer

Hi Selena I'm Nicole Mulligan and I live in CO.Longford Leinster Ireland. I just wanted to say I look up to u so much ur my Idol and when I get older I want to be just like u.:)

Hey Selena, my name is Divara, Im from South Africa. And i love your personality, u so bubbly..n funny. Id lyk tn b your, friend, and please reply to me, thanx.,=)

Listen i dont care i just want to become famous

I am ay fan of selina gomez

i love selena gomez.

selena is so cute i love you selena your cute very im female
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hey selena ure so hot wish i cld get to meet u

selena you look so awesome beautiful cute there is this girl that looks just like you but she has ugly teeth :):(hahahahahhahahha

hi selena gomez can you be my mom my mom is fat

my sister stephanie one time she has been to yuur concert but she said she touched your hand she says she hates you but i will never ever hate you isnt that so sad a fan that loved you is now hating you:( by melanie gomez


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