6 Roles Selena Gomez Could Have Slayed… But Didn’t
Selena Gomez has a lot of eyes on her all the time, and that’s putting it lightly. The 25-year-old had the most Instagram followers out of everyone using the platform this year — 129 million — to be exact, which means everyone and their mother is following her every word and post. Even the fact that she needed a kidney transplant from her BFF, The Secret Life of the American Teenager alum Francia Raisa, didn’t stop the papz from covering her. If anything, it only gave her even more headline potential.
That’s why it’s always a shock when we find out new information about the Texas native because what don’t we already know? From her recent breakup with The Weeknd and reunion with Justin Bieber to her lupus diagnosis and everything in between, we know more about her than we do most people — even people we’ve physically spoken to! Like the fact that her favorite color is green and her first kiss was on camera… with Dylan Sprouse! Or that the first artist she ever saw in concert was Britney Spears and her TV debut was on Barney and Friends at only 7 years old. See? And that’s just barely scratching the surface!
But even with all these random tidbits stored up, some things still manage to get through and surprise us every once in awhile. Not the case for you, Selena expert? Well, maybe it’s time for a little test. We did some sleuthing and rounded up every role the “Wolves” singer almost played, whether she was rejected for the part, turned it down herself or simply signed onto a failing project. We think a couple of these might come as a shock, and even if all of them are old news to you, you have to admit they’re still pretty hard to believe. Come on — a Suite Life spin-off?!
Back when the novel 13 Reasons Why was first in talks for a movie in 2011 — and Netflix wasn't even on our radar yet — Selena had the starring role of Hannah Baker in the bag. But by the time the series aired this year, a lot had changed.
For starters, Katherine Langford was the one with the tapes, while the "Wolves" singer had a role behind the camera instead. Selena and her mom acted as executive producers.
When explaining why she'd switched things up, Selena told The Hollywood Reporter, "A book is frightening for me because I know the cult following it has, which is the reason why I didn't want to be in it."
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