Selena Gomez admits she "signed" her "life away to Disney" at "a very young age".
The 'Heart Wants What It Wants' hitmaker started her career at the television network when she was just 10, starring on Barney & Friends between 2002 and 2004.
She later rose to prominence for her role as Alex Russo in the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place.
Speaking about her latest role as Mabel Mora in the Hulu comedy Only Murders in the Building, Selena, 29, told reporters at the TCA Summer 2021 Tour press conference that she had no idea what she was doing when she joined Disney.
She said: “I signed my life away to Disney at a very young age and I didn’t know what I was doing. What I’d say is the level of sophistication of the material is the first reason why I wanted to do this.
“I didn’t know what I was doing. I was just running around on set.”
In Only Murders in this Buildings, Selena stars alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short as three strangers who share an obsession with a murder that occurred in their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building.
The show marks Selena's first TV role since Wizards of Waverly Place concluded in 2012, and she relished playing someone her age. She said: “It’s really nice to be back on TV and it’s nice to be cast as my actual age, which never happens.
“I don’t know if I’m a good actor. I just do my job.”
The 'Lose You To Love Me' singer previously revealed she was bullied during her time at the Disney Channel.
She told People in 2017: "I think he understood that I knew what it meant to be bullied. I went to the biggest high school in the world, which is the Disney Channel. And my mum had a lot of history dealing with [bullying]. I heard her stories growing up. She's very open about it."
Her mother Mandy added in the joint interview: "When I was growing up, I was always bullied because I was the outsider, the weird girl with the purple hair and combat boots. Then I was a teen mom. You get really judged. I had counselors telling me how I'd ruined my life, [Selena's] life and how I ruined the father's life, even though he participated."
Besides, Only Murders in this Building, premiering on Disney+ on Aug 31, you can also catch Selena in her cooking show Selena + Chef on HBO Go, streaming from Aug 12.
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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