Selena Gomez Believes She Hasn't 'Touched the Surface' on Her Acting Career

by Antoinette Bueno 11:12 AM PST, January 28, 2016
Playing Selena Gomez Believes She Hasn't 'Touched the Surface' on Her Acting Career

Looks like we haven't seen anything close to Selena Gomez's best on the big screen.

Although the 23-year-old former Disney star has been creating more headlines for her singing career lately, Gomez says she's definitely just getting started when it comes to her acting.

"I think there's a lot for me to explore," Gomez tells Variety. "I'm in a place with my music where I've gone through this transition and I feel with this album I've been able to grow as an artist. But I feel like in acting, I haven't touched the surface of what I'm able to do."

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"I hope I can continue to grow and get better," she continues. "I know that's going to take a lot of time, especially if music continues to do what it does."

Clearly, Gomez is looking for more mature roles as opposed to her previous kid-friendly fare. But she says her fame gets in the way of a lot of film opportunities.

"Being known in a different way. I grew up in it," Gomez explains about a problem she faces when it comes to casting -- being too well-known. "My intention was always to be an actress and a singer. Unfortunately, it just kind of got clouded. I never really wanted to be on tabloids or anything like that."

Still, she has no regrets.

"I think it's wonderful now," she reflects. "I've been able to build my platform up because of who I am on the inside and just doing what I love, which is film, which is music. I'm not oblivious to that being the road bump. But I'm also prepared to keep fighting through it."

Gomez is certainly taking steps in the right direction. She currently has a Sundance indie to promote, The Fundamentals of Caring -- which has just been acquired by Netflix -- in which she plays a hitchhiker. She's also shedding her good girl image in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, starring alongside Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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When ET caught up with Gomez earlier this month at the UNICEF Ball, she was still all about her music, specifically, her highly anticipated Revival tour, which kicks off on May 6 in Las Vegas.

"I'm so excited -- it's going to be big. I haven't toured in two years," the singer said. "It's going to be really emotional. I want it to be real, and I want it to feel like they're a part of the experience with me."

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