Selena Gomez’ movie career is off to a good start. After wrapping TV’s The Wizards of Waverly Place, she’s shot the indie drama Spring Breakers and upcoming action thrillers Aftershock and Getaway. She’s just signed on for the comedy Parental Guidance Suggested but first you’ll see her in Hotel Transylvania. Or rather, you’ll hear her because she provides a voice in the animated film.
Gomez plays Mavis, Dracula’s rebellious teenage daughter. “I’m in that place a little bit,” Gomez said. “I’m nineteen, so it’s fun for me to kind of grow up. I want to be able to see places too. I get to travel, and I’m very lucky to get to go the places I go to, but I’ve never actually been to those places alone, or by myself, or with my friends. I never actually had that. So I think I’m going through that a little bit, doing things on my own a little bit more, and having a bit of that freedom, and like I said before I do kind of mumble, and I am a little kind of quirky in the sense of Mavis. I feel like I relate to her in that sense.”
Parental Guidance still casts Gomez as a teenager, which she won’t be able to play forever. Using her voice, she was able to stay in the teenage zone for at least a little longer.
“Actually to be honest with you, I’m really not that great with animation, because I feel that sometimes it’s harder to act with your voice than your actual self, but this was such a great experience. They were wonderful to work with, and it was a good thing for me to do in that area, because I was doing a couple of movies that were a little out of my comfort zone. So, I felt like it was nice to go back to that.”
Hotel Transylvania opens September 28.