Selena has her reasons

Selena Gomez’s upcoming ‘13 Reasons Why’ is a reality check for teens who need episodes of fear to make them care for their lives

90 days rehabilitation has, apparently, given Selena Gomez a deep insight into teen psyche, on issues that are similar to those that the characters in her upcoming series ‘13 Reasons Why’ face. The topics that the Netflix show will discuss include suicide, depression, bullying and emotional abuse.

“I was actually going through a really difficult time when they started production. I went away for 90 days and I actually met tons of kids in this place that we’re talking about (with) a lot of the issues that these characters are experiencing,” Selena is quoted to have said.

What irked her was the obvious indifference among the kids. “They don’t care. They have to see something that’s going to scare them. They need to see something that’s frightening. I want them to understand it…” she’d said.

She has lots of hopes for this Netflix series, which is being produced under her production house, ‘July Moon Productions’. The series is her way of leveraging her influence on the teenagers. “I would do anything to be able to have a good influence on this generation… I was there for the last episode and I was a mess just seeing it all come to life because I have experienced that. Whether I like it or not, people have seen my mistakes and I have to use that as a good thing. It definitely hits home. That’s why I wanted to make sure I was still apart of this project in any way,” she told an entertainment magazine.

24-year old Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer, who appeared as a child in the children’s television series ‘Barney & Friends’. She found fame with her leading role in the Disney Channel series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’. In 2008 she signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2008 and subsequently formed her band Selena Gomez & the Scene the following year.

But the lure of films saw her continuing her tryst with films in ‘Ramona and Beezus’ and ‘Monte Carlo’, among others. Around this time, in 2013 to be specific, she released her solo debut album ‘Stars Dance’, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 in the United States. Shortly after, she fired her parents as her managers and signed with the WME and Brillstein companies. She also signed a new recording contract with Interscope Records, releasing a compilation album as her fifth and final release through Hollywood Records.

Her second album, ‘Revival’, also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. She is currently working on her third studio album. Selena has sold over 7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide, since the start of her career. She has several awards and nominations in her kitty and was the most followed Instagram user in 2016. She has to her credit her own clothing line and a self-titled fragrance.

A go-getter, she has made success her mantra. As she says, “The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve learned that I have to open myself up to all opportunities. Maybe I’ll get burned and not meet the right people, but I won’t know until I do it.”

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