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Selena Gomez Talks Rehab & Her Next Acting Challenge in ‘GQ’

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The past year has been a huge one for Selena Gomez. She scored her first top five hit with “Good for You” from her most mature effort to date, Revival. And she continued her slow re-emergence into the spotlight after a publicized January 2014 trip to rehab, which, she tells GQ magazine in a cover story, was not what it appeared to be.

“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,” she explained about the events that led her to check into the Meadows rehab facility in Arizona. “I needed time to just be okay. And I was going through leukemia.” [The writer believes she meant chemotherapy to treat the auto-immune disease lupus and a spokesperson for Gomez confirmed that she misspoke]. “And I went to two different locations for those treatments. It’s really frustrating, because I am 100 percent allowed to have that, but I think people just want to have some sort of… my past seems to be way more fascinating for people than my future, which bums me out.”

Which might explain why, after parting ways with her momager, label (Disney’s Hollywood Records) and longtime boyfriend Justin Bieber, Gomez, 23, has tried to scale things back over the past year.

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The child star, who had a memorable cameo in the Oscar-nominated The Big Short, has a TV series in development at Netflix, co-stars in Neighbors 2 and recently became the most-followed person on Instagram (27 million and counting!), attempted to avoid the limelight by moving into a low-key house in Calabasas non-stars Ashley, a real estate broker, and Courtney, who works for a non-profit. They watched movies and had sleepovers until recently, when Courtney and Selena moved back to the city.

After spending more than half of her life in front of the camera amd appearing in more than a dozen movies, Gomez is still looking for the next challenge. If she has her way it would involve working with one or both of Hollywood’s notoriously gifted, but super intense, directors: David Fincher and David O. Russell. In fact, reminded of a story about how Amy Adams was often in tears on the set of Russell’s American Hustle, Gomez described how that was even more reason to get on the director’s radar.

“Because I saw her performance,” she said. “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.”

Gomez knows it not that easy, and besides, there’s that still-pesky transition from kid star to adult that the press seems obsessed with. “We’re easy targets,” she said about why the move is so hard. “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.”

he road has had some bumps along the way, but Gomez is working with her mom, Mandy Teefey, again. They’re developing the YA novel 13 Reasons Why with Tom McCarthy and partnering with Kevin Spacey’s production company on a TV series she describes as “Entourage meets Girls.” The story line Gomez — who is an open book when it comes to her Christian faith — describes sounds familiar. It’s about “what girls deal with, even the perception of religion and things like that, how it affects you, and how impressionable Hollywood is.”

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Selena Gomez Autobiographical Drama In the Works At Lifetime With Kevin Spacey

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Selena Gomez is set to executive produce a scripted drama inspired by her own life experiences for Lifetime, which also is Lifetime_Logo_Vector_CMYK_1_Coral_031313_02executive produced by Trigger Street’s Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti. The project is among the highest-profile entries on the network’s development slate, which is being unveiled today in conjunction with Lifetime’s upfront presentation. It also features the Shakespeare-themed horror drama A Midsummer’s Nightmare, which I hear has been heating up for a pickup after a year and a half in development at the Search is underway for a writer to pen the untitled Selena Gomez project, which draws from the young actress’ experience navigating a career in Hollywood as seen through the eyes of her friends who quickly become her most trusted inner circle. The drama, which draws parallels to the HBO comedy Entourage, inspired by executive producer Mark Wahlberg’s life as a young Hollywood actor surrounded by his close friends, is also executive produced by Mandy Teefey, Samantha Droke and Troy Searer for A+E Studios and Trigger Street.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare (working title), which was originally set up at Lifetime in 2014, is an anthological concept where each season takes a classic Shakespearean tale and twists it into a modern-day horror-mystery. A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspires the first season as two young lovers escape their lives on a romantic getaway into the woods until their journey takes an unexpected twist when their friends arrive trying to lure them back home. Something hiding in the forest has other plans, however, and they are targeted one by one while a thrilling and desperate tale of survival unravels. Feature writer Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows) wrote the pilot script for the project, from A+E Studios and The Firm, with Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry executive producing Gomez has been ramping up her portfolio as a producer. She and Teefey also are executive producing Netflix’s upcoming series 13 Reasons Why, which has set Tom McCarthy to direct the first two episodes, as well as a Latina Empire drama in development at Freeform.

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Selena Gomez Is Creating a Latina Version of Empir

Selena Gomez, who won the Triple Threat award at last night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, can now add another credit to her résumé: television producer. On Monday, Deadline Hollywood reported that the Revival singer is currently developing a new show for Freeform, which is being described as a Latina version of Empire.

The upcoming series will follow an 18-year-old girl from Los Angeles who is “destined for greatness.” Producer Aaron Kaplan, who is also developing Nicki Minaj’s semiautobiographical show, came up with the idea after hearing high school senior Ana Cobarrubias deliver an inspiring speech about her community involvement in her poor East L.A. neighborhood at last year’s Zimmer Children’s Museum Discovery Award dinner. Kaplan was so moved by Cobarrubias’s story that he even hired her as a consultant for the project. Is it too early to nominate Salma Hayek as the Latina version of Cookie Lyon?

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Selena Gomez on Acting: ‘I Haven’t Touched the Surface of What I’m Able to Do’

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After “Spring Breakers” and a cameo in “The Big Short,” former Disney star Selena Gomez continues to expand her movie career with the Sundance indie “The Fundamentals of Caring,” in which she plays a hitchhiker. Netflix has landed the worldwide streaming rights to the road trip comedy starring Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts (as a teenager with muscular dystrophy) for $7 million. Gomez will head to Park City later this week for the film’s premiere, but first she spoke to Variety about the role, the pressures young women face in Hollywood and wanting to direct. Continue reading Selena Gomez on Acting: ‘I Haven’t Touched the Surface of What I’m Able to Do’