While appearing as Alex Russo on "Wizards of Waverly Place" from 2007 to 2012, Selena Gomez said a lot of things, but she was prohibited from saying one very common phrase.
"I wasn't a wild child by any means, but I was on Disney, so I had to make sure not to say 'What the hell?' in front of anyone," Selena, 30, told Vanity Fair in its 2023 Hollywood issue, which came out on Feb. 15.
As a child star, the singer put pressure on herself to keep a wholesome image and not steer off course.
"Now I think being the best role model is being honest, even with the ugly and complicated parts of yourself," she said.
Although Selena has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globes and two Grammys, she knows that some people will always associate her with Disney, which is something that took time for her to accept.
"I definitely feel free of it," the "Only Murders In The Building" star said. "Sometimes I get triggered. It's not that I'm ashamed of my past, it's just that I've worked so hard to find my own way. I don't want to be who I was. I want to be who I am."