Teenage actress SelenaGomez (“Monte Carlo”) provides the voice of Mavis, Dracula's sheltered but free-spirited daughter, in Columbia Pictures' new hilarious, 3D animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania.”
In the film, Mavis is totally pampered by her father (voice of Adam Sandler); however, she is headstrong and smart, and in many ways, a typical 118-year-old teenage girl. She’s grown slightly bored with the domain of her childhood—she has lived within her father’s hotel and its grounds all her life—and she longs to travel, experience life and see the world. Now, she’s met a newcomer who could make that a real possibility: but should she leave and risk breaking her father’s heart, or remain, and break her own?
“Selena found a way to play the character that can be sweet and loving to everyone – and also be the only one who can put Dracula in his place,” says producer Michelle Murdocca. “Dracula is a softy who’d do anything for his daughter – and doesn’t she know it. Selena makes her a regular teenage daughter who knows what she wants and she’s gonna get it from her dad.”
“Mavis is like a lot of teenagers,” says Gomez. “She’s got the cute hairstyle, dresses stylishly, has a little bit of an attitude, but she’s really sincere and cares about her dad – she just kind of wants to have a little bit of independence. It’s the same thing a lot of girls my age are going through – she’s very relatable in wanting to have freedom, to see what the world is like. Everybody tells her these stories but she wants to experience it for herself and meet new people and be independent.”
Mavis is Gomez’s first starring role in an animated movie. “I really wanted to do a fun, family movie – not to mention that I grew up watching Adam Sandler, so working with him was super exciting. I’m glad to be a part of it – it’s a great movie,” she says.
The last several years have been a whirlwind for actress-singer Selena Gomez as she has wrapped up her hit Disney Channel series, released three albums and launched a film career – not to mention created her own fashion line and fragrance.
A Dallas native, Gomez made her mark playing Alex Russo in the hit Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” which premiered in 2007. With the success of the series, Gomez became an internationally known actress with a legion of fans. Gomez and her castmates won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children’s Program in 2009 and 2010.
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She landed her first feature film in 2003, when she was cast in “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.” Other films include Fox’s “Ramona and Beezus” and “Monte Carlo” directed by Thom Bezucha. She recently wrapped “Spring Breakers” opposite James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens for director Harmony Korine, in a role that will be her most challenging to date. Gomez is currently filming The Getaway opposite Ethan Hawke for producer Joel Silver.