Selena Gomez’s Backup Plan: Culinary School


Selena Gomez recently chatted with USA Weekend about life, love and her career.

On her backup plan: “It’s smart to have a backup plan. I’d love to go to culinary school. I find cooking very therapeutic. I have zero time to ever do it, but once I have a house of my own, one day, I’ll have time to do that.”

On finding roles: “I have an audience. The audience I have now, I want them to grow with me. I want to make a transition,” she says. “I want to learn and grow.”

On “Princess Protection Program”: “It’s about a young princess, played by Demi. Her country is threatened. My father rescues her and she comes to live with us. I’m more of a tomboy character not comfortable in her skin,” Gomez says. “It’s a good, strong friendship movie. A lot of girls look up to Demi and my friendship because we’ve known each other since we were 7. And I think it’s wonderful.”

On working with Demi Lovato: [While auditioning for Barney] “She turned around and asked me to color with her, and that’s where everything began. It’s like going to lunch with your best friend but with the cameras watching. It didn’t feel like work. [We’re] not competitive. We’ve been through so much together. I remember going to concerts of hers when only a few people would show, at fairs. We don’t have room for that. We’re so blessed.”

On her album: “The record is going to be pop-rock with a bit of dance to it. The music is fun, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to try,” says Gomez, whose CD is slated for a fall release. “I would not be happy if I was doing nothing.”

On Taylor Lautner: “I’m single. I’ve never dated him. He’s a really nice guy. He’s become one of my really good friends, and he’s made me the happiest I’ve ever been.”

On choosing friends: “I’ve been through a lot and I’ve cut those people out of my life,” she says, obliquely referring to people in her inner circle who were less than kind to her but not elaborating any further. “I’ve been very mistreated. I’m just really careful who I surround myself with.”