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SELENA GOMEZ ON WHY SHE WENT TO REHAB, STRUGGLING TO LAND THE ROLES SHE WANTS, AND MOVING BEYOND HER CHILD STAR PAST

New York, N.Y.—“No, no, no, no, no,” Selena Gomez says to GQ’s Zach Baron when asked about the rehab she began the year in. “First off, this is something that everyone always wants to fixate on. I got diagnosed with lupus. My mom had a very public miscarriage. So I had to cancel my tour. I needed time to just be okay. And I was going through leukemia”–– Baron notes she most likely means chemotherapy here––“and I went to two different locations for those treatments. It’s really frustrating, because I’m 100 percent allowed to have that, but I think people just want to have some sort of––” She gathers herself. “I understand what you’re asking but I’m just saying, I don’t think it really matters. My past seems to be way more fascinating for people than my future, which bums me out… I don’t ever really like to sit and dwell on what that experience was. Was it fun? No. Is it fun to have it? No.”

So what’s it like––to transition from child star to pop star, all in the public eye? “We’re easy targets,” she says. “Every single kid who was brought up like this is an easy target. It’s disgusting, because it’s interesting to grown adults that these kids go through weird things because they’re figuring out, ‘Do I like this? Do I love this? Maybe I love this person. Oh, I’m exposed to this, people are reporting my every move and this and that because of Instagram and Twitter and you can find out everything.’ There’s a difference between being a fan––there’s a difference between that and what you have to do… Because it’s, I don’t know, fun, maybe? It’s like watching a car crash as you’re driving past it. You want to watch it.” But Selena doesn’t do self-pity. “I chose this,” she says. “So I’m not gonna sit here and say, ‘Oh, my God, poor me, I didn’t have a normal childhood.’ I don’t give a fuck about that." And if she could fast-forward through those tumultuous early years––would she? “No, because I’m not that stupid. And I get it. I just have to be patient. It’s slowly dissolving the older I get. And I just have to be patient and make great things with quality, from producing to singing to acting. And one by one, I will be able to change the dialogue and people won’t care about everything that’s happened to me.”

To see the full story, including the photos, shot by Victor Demarchelier, go to: http://www.gq.com/story/selena-gomez-neighbors-2-rehab-gq-story

So what’s holding her back from landing the roles she wants? “I’m young, and I look younger. So the roles that I want to go for, it’s all about how the face is. I can play like I’m 16 still. Doesn’t really work for the things I want to do… I want to have an experience that I would go a little bit stir-crazy with. I like people pushing a little bit.”

If Selena could work with any director, it’d be David O. Russell (followed in a close second by David Fincher). She tells Baron that she wants to be pushed by a director like Amy Adams was pushed in American Hustle: “There’s a deleted scene that’s not even in the movie that I think is her best scene that she’s ever done. It’s five minutes long, and it’s her hysterically crying and laughing at the same time, and it’s so beautiful. Because I know––I mean, I don’t know––but I know what maybe happened for her to get there. And it was fucking amazing. It was beautiful.”

The May issue of GQ will be available on newsstands in New York and L.A. on Tuesday April 19, and will be available nationally April 26. 

 

Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016