Selena Gomez Reveals Unexpected Career Insight, Contemplates a Focused Path Ahead

The actress said she has a passion for storytelling, and likes to channel it on-screen rather than through music.
Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

While Selena Gomez has created some timeless self-love tracks (“Who Says”), girl power bops (“Single Soon”) and heartbreak ballads (“The Heart Wants What It Wants”) during her time in the industry, singing is not her first love nor main passion.

The former Disney Channel star, who won a Billboard Music Award last year alongside Rema for their Afrobeats hit “Calm Down,” made an appearance on the SmartLess podcast and divulged some details about what her next career move might look like.

“I do feel like I have one more album in me, [but if I had to pick], I would probably choose acting,” the Only Murders in the Building star shared. “I wanted to be an actress, I never really intended on being a singer full-time but apparently that hobby turned into something else. I don’t think I’m the best singer but I do know how to tell stories and I love being able to make songs.”

She gave a disclaimer that she had tons of fun with her three solo studio albums, and the three albums she released as Selena Gomez & the Scene, and noted the touring was a super exciting time in her life. However, she noted that singing was a result of being a teen star and a byproduct of working on Wizards of Waverly Place.

“The older I get, the more I’m kind of like, I would like to find something to just settle on. It just got to me because I love working and it distracts me from bad things,” she candidly shared. “Disney is, it’s safe to say, a machine and, in a way, forcefully requires that I know how to sing so I could sing the theme song. They know how to package someone and make it a whole triple threat thing.”

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.