Selena Gomez’s new work with Hulu is a far cry from her Disney Channel days.
The multi-hyphenate is starring in the streamer’s forthcoming “Only Murders in the Building” opposite Steve Martin and Martin Short and said during the TCA Summer 2021 Tour that she gravitated toward the role because of its maturity.
“I signed my life away to Disney at a very young age and I didn’t know what I was doing,” she said. “What I’d say is the level of sophistication of the material is the first reason why I wanted to do this.”
Now 29, Gomez admitted she acted just like a kid would while working on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.”
“I was just running around on set,” she added.
Gomez hasn’t been on the set of a TV show since “Wizards of Waverly Place” ended in 2012, so she joked she’s a “sponge” trying to “soak up all the wisdom” from her comedy-legend co-stars.
“It’s really nice to be back on TV and it’s nice to be cast as my actual age, which never happens,” Gomez added, later admitting, “I don’t know if I’m a good actor. I just do my job.”
Despite the Rare Beauty founder’s self-deprecation, both Martin, 75, and Short, 71, lauded Gomez’s performance in their upcoming comedy, with Martin gushing that “when Selena is on screen the show is elevated and more mysterious. The camera loves her.”
Short added, “Selena grounds everything in this dry, hilarious delivery. It was a dream to work with this brilliant young lady.”
“Only Murders in the Building” premieres August 31 on Hulu.