Selena Gomez gets candid about her time when she felt sexualized while shooting an album cover.
Tracee Ellis Ross, Amy Schumer, Molly Shannon, Quinta Brunson, and Bridget Everett recently joined The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Actress Emmy Roundtable, for a long discussion about their time in the industry. Selena Gomez was praised by Amy Schumer for charting her route to the top, particularly with "Only Murders in the Building."
During the discussion, Amy said how someone like Selena Gomez, who was sexualized at an early age, rejected a lot of things and created her style and presence. Amy explained that she knows how the producers push them through a system and make them feel that this is the only way they can do things, especially when they are receiving favorable comments and people want to see them. It takes a lot of courage, according to Amy, to say "no, I'm not going in this way."
Selena Gomez said it's unjust, recalling one album cover she made after which she felt guilty, but she had to go through her sentiments because she knew it was linked to something deeper going on in her life. The singer said that it was a difficult decision, but she liked to think that she had done her best, or at least attempted to be her best self, in making it. She continued and said that she has done a very good job of detaching herself from the Disney persona element and is now honest about her shortcomings adding that once she started changing, she seized charge of the narrative of her life.The actress added that she now understands that there are certain boundaries that she needs to set for herself, and she respects and adores so many people, but she has got to do what’s best for her.
Selena Gomez did not mention the record by name, but several people pointed out that when her second studio album, Revival, was released in 2016, she went naked for the cover and uploaded it on social media in September 2016, although she did not look happy about having to do so. Selena Gomez noted during the interview that she isn't overtly sexual and that she enjoys feeling attractive on occasion, but it doesn't imply it's for someone else; it may be for her.
Selena Gomez admitted in a 2020 interview with Allure that the pressure she felt behind the cover of her 2015 album Revival, where she had to pose naked while keeping covered up, was great. She added that she merely did things she didn't want to do and that there was pressure to appear more adult on her album Revival, where she felt she needed to display skin, but she is not that person.
In her previous interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, Selena Gomez mentioned that the transition from being a Disney star to acting in adult roles took her some time because she always felt like the people in the industry did not take her seriously, but now she has started to push through that and she is very glad about it. Selena Gomez is now gearing up for the second season of "Only Murders in the Building," which drops on August 28th. June said that although she is happy where she is today, she feels that she has not been able to reach the mark of her potential and there is a long way to go for her.
The singer said that both Steve Martin and Martin Short are such wonderful co-stars to have who have such specific takes on their characters and explained that when they are not filming, the two talented actors are constantly doing bits and running them by her and she added that not that she has a say but just for fun.
Selena Gomez is now also the founder of mental health platform Wondermind through which she wants to raise awareness for mental health among people and provide tools for the ones who need it. Recently she was one of the guests who was invited at Britney Spears marriage and while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live she said that she is really happy for Britney Spears and Sam Asghari and said that the wedding was really beautiful.