4. After her Barney gig, she had cameos in the movies SpyKids 3D: Game Over and Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire. And so began her presence on the big screen alongside some established Hollywood stars.

5. She also guest starred on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. And like so many other Disney stars, guest spots on popular shows led to a whole lot of attention and a show of her very own.

6. These roles led to a starring role in The Wizards of Waverly Place on the Disney Channel, which was received with great critical and commercial success over the years. In this popular family sitcom—a huge fan favorite among teens—Selena portrays a teenage wizard with magical abilities. The show aired for five seasons and opened up many doors for Gomez.