All you ever wanted to know about . . . Selena Gomez

Suzy Belton

Teen sensation Selena Gomez stars alongside Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy as three friends posing as rich people in Monaco in the movie Monte Carlo due to open on October 21. American actress Gomez is best known as Alex Russo in the Emmy Award-winning series Wizards of Waverly Place.

The 19-year-old is dating singer Justin Bieber (17) who recently took time off from his My World tour to take her on an extended date around Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

1 In 2009, Selena was named as an ambassador to Unicef, making her the youngest celeb ambassador in Unicef's history.

2 Selena has admitted that she likes to eat lemons with salt. Yikes!

3 At one point, Selena was associated with a Lizzie McGuire Show spin-off called What's Stevie Thinking?, and was going to play Miranda Sanchez's sister. However, the show was never picked up by Disney.

4 Chewing gum helps her relax during film takes, and she wants to create pickle-flavoured gum!

5 Selena says that if she could have any magical trait or talent, she would like to be able to make any food she wants appear whenever she's hungry.

6Selena loves pizza, and her favourite toppings are cheese, mushrooms, and jalapenos.

7 She just loves scary movies, and has said: "I love getting scared watching really cheesy films like Hallowe'en and I Know What You Did Last Summer."

8 Selena owns two dozen pairs of Converse sneakers, like the pair she wore at the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End premiere.

9 Selena turned down a role in High School Musical 3 because she felt it would be a good opportunity for somebody else, and she wanted to pursue more serious roles.

10 Actress Selena is also a singer. Her group, Selena Gomez & the Scene, has released two gold-certified albums, selling more than 1.3 million records in the US.

> Suzy Belton