Selena Gomez, the star of Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, has apparently had it with her “wholesome” reputation. Unfortunately this is an all too common theme among these young Disney princesses, who are, for some reason, annoyed with their angelic media portrayal. Will Selena join fellow Disney icon Miley on her downward spiral? Not exactly.
The eighteen-year-old actress and singer/songwriter states, “The funny thing is, I really don’t like it when people say I’m wholesome. [...] I never said I was that and I never tried to portray it. I’m honestly doing what I feel like I’m doing… and I’d just like to figure out who I am.”
Alright, that’s fair. As long as “who she is” doesn’t turn out to be someone completely inappropriate for her G-rated audience, she shouldn’t have a problem. Self-reflection is an important process for all young women, and is understandably more difficult when the media seems to have already decided where one fits.
“I look up to people my family loves. [My inspirations] are Rachel McAdams and Sandra Bullock. They’re very strong women in the acting world and really real people and I love them,” Gomez explains.
Very positive role models indeed. It seems that straying away from her wholesome image may not result in as big of a disaster as I assumed. It’s a tricky situation, especially when an actress has such a young, impressionable audience that can’t always separate their favorite character from the actress that plays her on TV. Have you ever tried telling a crying 7-year-old that she can’t go see the Hannah Montana concert out of fear that the star may be half-naked and gyrating on a pole? Trust me, it isn’t pretty.
Getting away from a wholesome image doesn’t mean she will jump towards the other image starting with “who…” Hopefully she will keep it classy, for the sake of her young fans and the mothers that have found themselves having to place parental controls on the Disney channel.