Becoming Instagram’s most-followed user is just the latest on Selena Gomez’s long list of feats. The 23-year-old released chart-topping album Revival, cameo starred in The Big Short, is producing the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (with Spotlight director Tom McCarthy on board) and is set to star in James Franco’s film In Dubious Battle. To top it all off, she also boasts a killer style game.
The actress and singer recently made a stop at the BBC to talk about her recent and upcoming projects. The takeaway: she still has some tricks left up her sleeve, and it involves pursuing music more closely (a follow-up album is on the way). Read the highlights below, then check out her full interview on BBC.
On her first impression of her song, "Good For You": "I had previously released [Bieber-inspired break-up song] ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants,’ which was very sad and vulnerable. It was good for me to get that off my chest but I was in a place where I felt this sense of empowerment and ‘Good For You’ expressed that perfectly."
On how people have called the song anti-feminist: "It’s just my definition of a woman being beautiful. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with embracing that."
On the public’s reactions to her choices: "Most of the time, people say negative things for a reaction and I can’t even bear to give them the satisfaction. So there’s something that I gain from feeling like I’m the bigger person, from walking away from a situation."
On her Instagram fame: "It’s insane how much press my Instagram will get. It’s weird, in a way, that I can dictate the agenda-but I love being able to have a say in all of that. Especially having being raised in it."
On being in the music industry, with respect to Kesha’s experience: "I’m very sensitive to that subject. It’s difficult to be a woman in this business, and I don’t wish those situations upon anyone. But I’ve been very fortunate."
On the younger generation’s social media habits: "The kids are fixing their eyes on social media, and the stories they’re looking at may not be the most important things. I’m guilty of that, too, Do you want to look at Instagram or the news? It’s a difficult, and weird, situation."
On Revival and making a follow-up album: "Releasing this record made me feel liberated. I definitely think I’ve found my own lane and I’m excited to explore that."
On playing a mother who gives birth in James Franco’s In Dubious Battle: "I was there when my mom gave birth to my little sister, so I got a little bit of the idea. Hopefully I did it justice. There was a lot of screaming. But filming that scene was very awkward, I have to be honest. People were down there in that area, looking and shooting. It was very weird."