Selena Gomez has revealed her time on the Wizards of Waverly Place set was not as magical as it seemed. She revealed that she was the victim of bullying during her time on the Disney channel show.
While discussing her involvement in the new Netflix show Thirteen Reasons Why, Gomez shared that her own history made her a good fit to tell the story.
“I think he understood that I knew what it meant to be bullied,” the singer told the NY Times of her conversation with the book's author, Jay Asher. “I went to the biggest high school in the world, which is the Disney Channel. And my mom had a lot of history dealing with [bullying]. I heard her stories growing up. She’s very open about it.”
Gomez was just 15-years-old when she optioned the rights to the book. She is now working behind-the-scenes on the project.
She also got candid about her decision not to have a role on screen.
“Once I left my series [and] started to go for roles that weren’t that age range, it organically began to become a project that I knew I would be behind the scenes with,” she said. “I actually like that I’m not in it. To be honest, this book has such a huge following. I wanted it to be credible. If I’m a part of it, that’s going to cause a whole other conversation.”
13 Reasons Why premieres March 31 on Netflix.