Disney Star Selena Gomez Looks Forward To More 'Challenging' Work

'Wizards of Waverly Place' actress cites Kate Winslet as inspiration.

[artist id="3079282"]Selena Gomez[/artist] doesn't want to bite the hand that feeds her, but she also doesn't want to be a tween Disney star forever. She has plans to do more "challenging" work someday.

"I love the Disney Channel, and I always want to keep that relationship because they gave me my start," she told Us Weekly. "But I'd love to someday make a transition and do roles that are really challenging for me. I'd like to do comedy, romance, anything."

The 16-year-old cited [movieperson id="166088"]Kate Winslet[/movieperson]'s Golden Globe-winning role in [movie id="345049"]"Revolutionary Road,"[/movie] revealing that it's her top contender for the Oscars. "That is the movie I want to take all the awards. I can't even get over it."

But for now, Gomez is perfectly happy starring on "Wizards of Waverly Place" and working on her yet-untitled debut album. "Hopefully I'll finish up in April and debut my album in July," she said. "I'm really excited that people will see a whole other side of me."

Gomez plans to tour in support of the album, and she already knows who she'd like to take on the road with her: her BFF, [movie id="387102"]"Camp Rock"[/movie] star [artist id="3079280"]Demi Lovato[/artist]. "I'm so happy to be with her," she said. "We're going to have sleepovers on the bus, and we'll never actually get any sleep!"