Selena Gomez To Executive Produce A Latina Version Of ‘Empire’

Selena Gomez will be working with Freeform and Aaron Kaplan to executive produce a new drama series that is being described as a Latina version of Empire, according to a report from Deadline. Selena will executive produce the show alongside Kaplan’s company Kapital Entertainment and Mandy Teefey.

The show doesn’t yet have a title and is in pre-production at this point. The Gomez and Kaplan show is described as the story of an 18-year-old girl who is destined for greatness and lives in a low-income Latina neighborhood. Gomez’s team is still looking for a writer.

Currently also on the team developing the show with Selena is a high school senior from Los Angeles whose name is Ana Cobarrubias. She is serving as a consultant. Ana is the inspiration for the show. Kaplan saw her give a speech at the Zimmer Children’s Museum Discovery Award Dinner and approached her about the show. The two later spoke to Gomez about working on the project as executive producer. There are no plans at this point for Selena to act on the show. This will be her second gig as an executive producer. Gomez is currently executive producing the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, which is based on the young adult book by the same name.

Selena Gomez’s latest project will focus on Ana Cobarrubias defying expectations.

In her speech, Cobarrubias said, “I know I’m more than the general expectations of dropping out of school, getting pregnant, going to jail. I see a strong, confident person who is more than the expectations others have of me.”

Selena is on a hot streak, as she recently received news that her single “Hands to Myself” hit the coveted No. 1 spot on the pop songs chart, according to Us Weekly. Gomez’s second album is titled Revival. “Hands to Myself” is the third single from that album to reach the No. 1 spot. The other two songs from the album to do the same were “Good for You” and “Same Old Love.” This makes Selena the sixth female artist to accomplish this achievement. The others are Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift.

In addition, in recent months, Gomez has released the video for “Hands to Myself” and appeared on Saturday Night Live.

Selena is also currently preparing for her highly-anticipated world tour for Revival. It’s scheduled to begin on May 6 with an appearance in Las Vegas. Among other stops on her tour are Toronto, New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and Vancouver.

Selena Gomez rose to fame when she starred in the Disney Channel show titled Wizards of Waverly Place. She appeared in the lead role on that show from 2007 until its close in 2012. During her stint there, Selena formed a band named Selena Gomez & The Scene. They released three albums before going on hiatus in 2012. The multi-talented performer has also appeared in numerous films, including Ramona and Beezus in 2010, Monte Carlo in 2011, Hotel Transylvania in 2012, and Spring Breakers in 2013.

Gomez’s debut album was titled Stars Dance and went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That album also included Selena’s single “Come & Get It” that hit the top 10. She also owns a production company, July Moon Productions, and a Kmart clothing line called Dream Out Loud.

Selena Gomez is 23-years-old. Her parents are Ricardo Joel Gomez and former stage actress Amanda Dawn “Mandy” Cornett. Selena was named after the Tejano singer by the same name. Her parents divorced when she was 5-years-old, and Gomez stayed with her mother. She has two sisters: Gracie Elliot Teefey, who is Amanda’s daughter from her second marriage, and Victoria Gomez, who is Ricardo’s daughter from his second marriage.

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