EXCLUSIVE: Selena Gomez Talks Vulnerability, Enjoying Life and the People She Loves
By Jackie Willis
Selena Gomez is loving life and you can see it all over her face.
ET's Katie Krause spoke exclusively with the 24-year-old star at the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, which Gomez served as an executive producer, on Thursday, and shared why the show is so important to her. The program follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah (Katherine Langford), and her decision to end her life.
"I'm really big on vulnerability," Gomez said of the show. "I think people are really scared to be honest with themselves and strength is looked upon as, 'Oh I'm strong, I don't need anything, I can handle everything,' and that's just not the truth."
"I think kids especially, with social media sometimes, they just feel a little claustrophobic, and I don't think their voice is actually being heard," she added. "I want people to know that every single life is valuable, that their voice can be heard, and that there are people who are willing to be there for them."
At the premiere, Gomez turned heads in an orange Oscar de la Renta dress and Giuseppe Zanotti heels, as well as blue fingernails, a trend on the red carpet that was her idea. "It's actually Hannah's color, which is our main character," she explained.
Gomez has faced her own trials -- in August, she checked into a treatment facility in Tennessee, citing that she was having anxiety, panic attacks and depression as a result of her lupus -- but told ET that she's in a really great place right now. "I'm very honest though in general, I feel like you could be able to see in my face. I love what I'm doing right now," she shared. "I'm enjoying my life, and I'm getting to do things I'm passionate about with the people that I love."
In addition to executive producing 13 Reasons Why, Gomez also did a cover of Yazoo’s 1982 hit “Only You," which is featured on the show's soundtrack. When asked about her upcoming album, the "It Ain't Me" singer teased, "I think people are going to be a little surprised, I'm excited for what's coming."