Selena Gomez is a certified renaissance woman. In the four years since she ditched The Scene, SelGo has released three albums, starred in multiple movies, and launched a career behind the camera. Now, the 23 year old is executive producing her second television series.
Gomez and Aaron Kaplan are developing a new series for Freeform (née ABC Family). The show, which is being described as a "Latina Empire," is "set in a low income Latino neighborhood and is told through the eyes of an 18-year-old girl destined for greatness," according to Deadline. We're not entirely sure how that premise relates to Empire, but hey, it's still pretty cool. It's nice to see a narrative about an ambitious, career-driven teenage girl on TV. Right, Selena?
And the best part? It's based on real life. Kaplan got the idea for the series after watching Los Angeles high school student Ana Cobarrubias speak at the Zimmer Children’s Museum Discovery Award Dinner last November. Cobarrubias received a standing ovation from the crowd for her captivating speech about her determination to defy society’s expectations for someone like her -- a poor, young Latina from East LA. Cobarrubias, an aspiring cinema studies student, will serve as a consultant on the project, which is currently looking for a writer.
This is currently Gomez's second television series in production. Last year, it was announced that the "Hands To Myself" singer and her mother Mandy Teefey were adapting the the best-selling young adult novel 13 Reasons Why as a 13-episode series for Netflix.
Oh, and did we mention Gomez is also hard at work on her next studio album? At a time when Hollywood is in desperate need of more young female voices, the multi-hyphenate singer-actress-producer-queen is a kinetic change agent -- and we can't wait to see what she does next.