HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 HITS THE BIG SCREEN WITH SELENA GOMEZ REPRISING HER ROLE
What’s it been like growing up in front of a camera for the past 10 years?
It’s awkward. The misconception of being a child star is that you’re forced into it. A lot of directors or musicians or writers are like, ‘Do you have an identity? Did your parents make you do this?’ The moment I hit 18 I was desperate to prove I had my own voice. I didn’t like that people thought that I was just this one-dimensional person.
So you’ve matured, you’re 23 now, but are you really grown up enough to be playing a mother in Hotel Transylvania 2?
I had two roles this year playing a mother! I was like, hmmm ... But the Hotel Transylvania one was wonderful because it’s a deeper message than just being a mum; it’s about having someone in your life that’s different. Using monsters and humans, it’s a way to talk to your kids about being different and learning what that means and embracing that. Especially if your kid wants to express themselves in a different way.
After the first Hotel
Transylvania movie, what did kids tell you they loved about the character you voice, Mavis?
The first question they ask me is if I’m a real vampire. They ask if I sleep upside down. The best part is they wanna meet Dracula. It’s usually a lot of younger boys that love this movie – they’re like, ‘I have a crush on Mavis’ and I’m like, ‘Call me when you’re 18’. It’s cute.
Are you OK with being a role model for young girls?
Honestly, it’s been the best gift. I don’t mean that in a cheesy way. What I would say to any young girl, about anybody they’re looking up to, is: What did that person do to get there? Do they have a good work ethic? Did they chase their dreams? Are they good women? I’m not the best, but I hope that anybody who looks at me will say: She came from Texas, she’s been working since she was seven, she works hard, she loves her fans, she tries to be the best she can, she looks bad in that picture, she looks good in that picture – at least it’s me being who I am. The problem is, I think some of these girls look up to people who don’t have the best intentions ... But my hope is that they really love on someone that will make them feel like they can do anything.
Whose career do you admire?
I love everyone from Meryl Streep to Kate Winslet to Rachel McAdams. I think their choices are singular. Rachel, she did Mean Girls and Notebook to Red Eye and Wedding Crashers – comedy, thriller, drama, romance. They reinvent themselves for a character. I love that.
How do you deal with haters on social media?
I usually try to ignore it. Intelligence is a good throwback: ‘You misspelled that, just so you know’.
What kind of time have you spent with Adam Sandler, who voices Mavis’s dad, Dracula, in the Hotel
When I did the first movie, I didn’t know if I was even gonna see him. But at my first session, he was there. He came from picking up his kids at school and he goes, ‘Well I guess it was a good thing I hired you for this movie, because all the kids at school know who you are!’
You’ve ticked a lot of boxes. Any you’re yet to tick?
I feel like I haven’t even started! I’m so grateful for the TV show ( Wizards of Waverly Place); I will never be bashful or regret being a Disney kid. It gave me a platform to reach to a younger audience. Also having four albums. There’s just so much more for me to achieve now I have a better understanding of my strengths. There’s so much people haven’t seen that I’m capable of doing and I really believe in myself and I know I can do things people don’t think I can.
Do you think your latest album Revival shows us a new Selena?
Yeah, I do. It took a lot of time and a lot of figuring out. Even down to the title of the album – it tells you it’s my time.
Hotel Transylvania 2 opens today
I WILL NEVER BE BASHFUL OR REGRET BEING A DISNEY KID. IT GAVE ME A PLATFORM TO REACH TO A YOUNGER AUDIENCE
Selena Gomez (centre) with
Hotel Transylvania 2’ s Genndy Tartakovsky, actors Adam Sandler and Kevin James, and producer Michelle Murdocca.