The Texas native got her first lead role at age 15 when she landed the part of Alex Russo on Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place" in 2007. Gomez had been a guest star on Disney programs "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" in 2005 and "Hannah Montana" in 2006. She did 97 episodes and two made-for-TV movies for "Wizards." Gomez, left, shares a duet with Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira during a special episode of "Wizards of Waverly Place."
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