NEW YORK (May 29, 2014) – Actress, multi-platinum recording artist and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez just returned from a visit to Nepal, where she traveled to bring attention to children in need within the country and across the globe. During her trip, Gomez saw firsthand the impact of UNICEF’s programs that help children survive and develop. She had an in-depth look at UNICEF’s work focused on education, nutrition, health and protection.
“This visit to Nepal was extraordinarily powerful—at times, devastating and heartbreaking, but also incredibly inspiring,” said Selena Gomez. “At first when you witness children living in extreme poverty you wonder how it is possible that they can be deprived of their basic human needs and rights. Then you talk to these children and you see hope, promise and a bright future. This generation of children believes they can make a difference, and they take action. It starts with quality education and leadership opportunities, like those UNICEF is providing. I’m so proud to serve as a UNICEF Ambassador and be part of a greater movement to help the world’s children.”
During her trip, Gomez visited the child-friendly Satbariya Rapti Secondary School, supported by UNICEF, that has a safe, interactive, creative and fun learning environment for students. After observing children studying math, science and language, she sat down with members of a ‘child club.’
“It was amazing to learn from these young boys and girls about how they are influencing their peers as well as adults on issues that have an impact on their lives,” said Gomez. “Many of the children I talked to expressed a desire to be future leaders in their society, and I was moved to hear them emphasize the importance of education.”
Music was in the air at the Satbariya school as the child club members broke into a Nepali folk song, playing musical instruments presented to them as a gift by Gomez. She later joined students as they performed traditional dances of the Tharu community.
Gomez met UNICEF-supported Female Community Health Volunteers in Gangaparaspur Village and learned about their efforts to reduce illness and death among children and mothers. “It was incredible to learn about the services being provided by these volunteers. They’re dedicating their time to helping women stay healthy during pregnancy and deliver their babies in a safe environment,” said Gomez.
In Hapur Village, Gomez met with the women of the Paralegal Committee and the Gender-Based Violence Watch Group who mediate cases of conflict, divorce, domestic violence, child abuse and more. Gomez spoke with a couple of survivors who had been helped by the Committee. Later that day in Dokrena/Khaira Village, Gomez interacted with youth and came to learn how they act as change-agents in their communities, spreading the message about the importance of sanitation facilities and hygiene. Gomez saw these adolescents perform a skit about sanitation and practiced proper hand-washing techniques with them.
In the village of Kohalpur, Gomez met with young people who had been recruited into the armed conflict that ended eight years ago and learned how, with UNICEF’s support, they reintegrated back into their families and society. “It was difficult to hear about the harsh lives these girls led in the camps, but I was inspired by their motivation to build a better future,” said Gomez.
Calling the trip an “eye-opener,” Gomez said, “The children of Nepal have taught me that with a lot of passion, optimism and hard work, anything is possible. That’s the message I would like to convey to young people across the world: Believe in your dreams and pursue them.”
Selena Gomez is a recording artist, actress and designer. A UNICEF Ambassador since 2009, Gomez has played an active role in advocating for the world’s most vulnerable children by participating in numerous campaigns, events, and initiatives on behalf of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, including headlining charity concerts and serving as a previous spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. This was Gomez’s third trip on behalf of UNICEF. She previously visited Ghana and Chile.
Source: UNICEF USA
Selena Gomez has just hired a brand-new management team!
After parting ways with her mom and stepdad, Mandy and Brian Teefeyearlier this month, the 21-year-old actress has signed with WME and will be represented by new managers at Brillstein, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Selena‘s big move is signaling a shift to try and find more adult projects likeSpring Breakers rather than the Disney fare that she is known for.
In case you missed them, check out all the pics from Selena‘s new adidas NEO summer campaign!
It sounds like Selena Gomez can be secure in the knowledge that she has a loyal, concerned friend in Demi Lovato.
The fellow pop stars and former Disney Channel princesses had dinner together just last night in L.A., the pair enjoying a girls’ night out hours after Selena’s ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber was arrested for alleged DUI in Miami.
So, how is Selena doing now that the aftermath-spotlight is inevitably following her around as well, considering her history with Justin?
"We’re really, really close," Demi said of Selena, talking to On Air With Ryan Seacrest tonight at the KIIS-FM pre-Grammys party, one of the bashes leading up to Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
"And," Demi added, "any advice I had for her, we talked last night and—you know—it’s between us. But I love her so much."
The longtime pals have known each other since the child-actor audition circuit back when they were little girls.
"We have an incredible friendship," Demi continued. Selena "is strong! She’s doing really well right now!"
The “Skyscraper” singer, whose hair is currently dyed a perky pink, also agreed that Selena is looking great. “She’s doing really well right now and I’m really happy for her,” Demi said.
Selena Gomez says working on her film “Rudderless” that’s debuting at Sundance — and even dodging paparazzi at the indie film festival — has been an escape from “the everyday madness that I’ve got to go through.”
"I could just wear my own clothes and not have to worry about anything and just be with these cool people," Gomez said in an interview Monday alongside actor-turned-director William H. Macy and the film’s star, Billy Crudup.
Macy picked Gomez for a small part in his music-filled directorial debut after seeing her in “Spring Breakers” last year.
"I was stoked," Gomez said. "I was about to go on tour and I knew it was going to be a year long. I kind of get this panic attack when I know I’m not going to be on a set for a year. Just because I do love both a lot."
So the panic attacks subsided after stepping on set with the cast that includes Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman and Laurence Fishburne? “Yeah, what does that say about me actually?” Gomez said, laughing. “That’s exactly what happened. It felt good. It felt like I got to be just in that world and kind of step out of it all.”
The film revolves around a father who discovers his son’s musical talents — and then some of his own musicality — after his son’s death.
When asked when Gomez found her musical talent, she said, “I don’t think I have yet.
"No, I’m actually serious," she said, as Crudup laughed next to her. "”I started music when I was 14. And I had like four Number 1 club songs before I was even allowed in a club. So I think that journey still kind of is happening for me. . I’ve never really had the opportunity to share a lot of that side of myself through lyrical content. So that’s stuff that I get to explore later."
"Rudderless" is set to premiere Friday as the festival’s closing night film.
Selena Gomezs star may have risen through her work on the Disney channel and her pop music, but it’s no accident most of her movie career has been more independent than mainstream.
"I’m just drawn to this kind of stuff," Gomez told me last night at the Sundance Film Festival, where she was promoting her latest film, Rudderless. “There’s a sense of freedom that I’m given in the indie world where I can just go and play and be a part of a really great cast. These crews, they really love what they’re doing. That’s just fun to be able to step into.”
In Rudderless, a father discovers his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. He forms a band to play the music to help him heal. Gomez play’s the son’s girlfriend.
"It’s pretty dark," Gomez said, adding, "She’s in a lot of pain. She’s angry. "
Gomez says it’s not hard for her to go those dark places.
"I find myself comfortable in that stuff—I don’t know what that says about me," she said. "It’s a good contrast to what I am all the time and being on tour and all that life."
She shot her work in just eight days.
"I was about to go on tour," Gomez said. "I get anxiety when I know I’m going to be off a set for a while so I rushed there."
Gomez first showed her indie chops in Spring Breakers, the 2012 hit in which she plays one of four college girls who get involved with a drug dealer while on spring vacation. In the film, Gomez is seen dancing around in her underwear and doing drugs.
Selena Gomez had a great 2013, and one of her milestone moments was turning 21! But to her dismay, the first time she went out to a bar she didn’t get carded.
Backstage at #Z100JingleBall, she told JJ that when she goes out, she prefers a glass of wine or Jack and Coke.
When JJ asked about some of the negative responses to her single “Come And Get It,” she said, “I think people can’t handle growing up,” adding, “I’m getting older and I’m confident in myself.”
Selena went on to talk about how she’s not one to talk badly about other female artists, “Everybody has their own thing… there’s so much room for everyone.”
Thanksgiving is a time of year to reflect on what we’re thankful for and give back. For Vanessa Hudgens, that includes being inspired by her longtime pal Selena Gomez to get involved with UNICEF this year.
"Selena loves working with UNICEF so much. She is just such a beautiful, stunning person on the inside with all that she does. I see how much she cares about the kids and how they’ve really touched her life," Hudgens revealed to omg!. "I was aware of UNICEF and their amazing deeds and I was excited to take part, as well."
The 24-year-old actress is starring in a new PSA for UNICEF’s “There for the Philippines” campaign — which supports the immediate and long-term relief efforts for children and families whose lives were upended by Super Typhoon Haiyan — and has an important message this holiday season about helping others in need.
"It is simple. We all have moments where we need help. Right now the Philippines is at a time where they need our help more than ever," Hudgens shared. "Typhoon Haiyan was something that really affected me. I am part Filipino and I just feel like I have a connection there and I love kids. I dropped everything I was doing and rushed over and did the PSA."
On Thursday, the brunette stunner tells omg! that she’ll head to the Thanksgiving table with her friends. “I am so fortunate right now that I have a bunch of friends who are super welcoming me into their homes and into their families for Thanksgiving.”
But she emphasized that the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan won’t be far from her thoughts. “Anything can you give, it is a blessing that will come back to you two-fold.”
If there is a “predictions thematic” playing out here it’s the number of films with actors who move behind the camera. Chalk up Park City regular William H. Macy (last visited the festival with The Surrogate aka The Sessions) as one who could shore up at the fest with his shot in Oklahoma, music drama starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne with Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman showing up as supporting players. Rudderless commencedproduction in April of this year.
Gist: Written by Macy, Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, this centers on a grieving father in a downward spiral who forms a band after stumbling across a box of his deceased son’s original music.
Production Co./Producers: Amberdale’s Brad Greiner (Welcome to Me), Unified Pictures’s Keith Kjarval (Why Now?!), Jeff Rice Films’ Jeff Rice (Frozen Ground)
Prediction: Premieres category.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available – Radiant Films Intl
Selena Gomez has canceled several concert dates in eastern Europe after Russian authorities reportedly denied the pop star’s visa request.
The “Come and Get It” singer was slated to perform in Minsk, Belarus today and in Kiev, Ukraine on Sept. 21, then travel to Russia for dates in St. Petersburg on Sept. 23 and Moscow on Sept. 25. All the concerts have been erased from her itinerary.
Organizers believe Gomez, who supports gay rights, fell victim to a controversial new law in Russia that bars “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships” to minors. It is thought that the visa process for international musicians has become more rigid in Russia since Madonna and Lady Gaga spoke out for gay rights there last year.
In a report published Wednesday in the Russian-language RIA Novosti, an event promoter voiced optimism that the issue regarding Gomez’s visa had been resolved.
"But it turned out not so simple in our country," the person said, according to a translation. "Problem is not us, the problem is - in the bureaucratic moments."
A rep for Gomez told E! News that the singer would not be traveling to Russia. Billboard’s request for comment regarding the visa and cancellations has not be returned at press time.
Gomez’s planned trip to Russia inspired gay rights activist John Becker to launch a Change.org petition urging the singer to “stand up for Russia’s LGBT community” while in the country. More than 10,000 people have signed the petition, which has since been updated with news of the cancellations.
"The Russian government is clearly on edge and aware of the bruising its reputation has taken in the wake of their anti-LGBT crackdown," Becker writes onLGBTQ group blog Bilerico.com.
It is unclear whether Gomez’s work-visa issues extended to the governments of Belarus and Ukraine. Regardless her concert in Minsk, scheduled for today, was canceled leaving fans distraught.
Boyfriends come and go, but Selena Gomez has a few very special – and very, very famous – faces to depend on.
The starlet, 20, counts Taylor Swift, 23, andVanessa Hudgens, 24, among her inner circle, and she has plenty of compliments for their support along the way.
“It’s helped having Taylor and Vanessa both be older than me,” she told PEOPLE at her New York City acoustic concert benefit for UNICEF, the children’s rights organization for which she is a goodwill ambassador. “They’ve kind of experienced a little bit more, and at the same time we’re experiencing the exact same things together.”
Her pals are just a call away, and “it’s nice just to be able to pick up the phone and be like, ‘Ugh, I had this person say this and it’s annoying,’ and have someone understand and really get what you’re going through,” adds Justin Bieber’s on-again, off-again girlfriend. “I think that’s [our] main connection. I just enjoy having people in the business in my life because it helps.”
She recently worked with Hudgens on Spring Breakers, a comedy following four college gals that arrives in theaters in March. “I feel like I want to be her,” Gomez says of her costar. “She’s been such an incredible person, and she’s fantastic in [Spring Breakers]. “She’s a really good friend.”
And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, her feelings on Swift – whom she called “one of the most inspirational, positive, good-hearted people that I know” – were clear by an addition to her concert set-list: a cover of the Red singer’s hit, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (Yes, she alsolearned a dance to her friend’s tune, just before the two hit the Utah ski slopes in December with their boyfriends at the time.)
“I met [Swift] when she was 18. This is before [Swift’s 2008 album] Fearless came out, and it was absolutely incredible to see someone so successful and so humble,” she says. “I think she has been a big part of me kind of staying the way I am too.”