While Selena Gomez has certainly thrived as an actress and musician, she has also embraced advocating for greater social change. In 2017, Gomez went to the hospital to undergo kidney transplant surgery as a result of her struggles with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder (via People). During an interview with Miley Cyrus on her virtual show “Bright Minded” in 2020 (via Elle UK), Gomez also shared that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While discussing her battles with anxiety and depression, Gomez explained that she hoped to normalize conversations surrounding mental health and therapy.
From 2017 to 2020, Gomez produced the Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why,” a show that, while controversial, attempted to explore the complexities of mental health (via Rolling Stone). In 2019, Gomez was also a driving force behind the docuseries “Living Undocumented,” which dissected American immigration policies and tracked the lives of undocumented families residing in the United States. This was another personal project for Gomez, who later revealed in an article for Time that her paternal grandparents had originally arrived in the US without legal documentation.
While it is certainly exciting that Gomez has once again stepped into the television limelight, it is equally gratifying to note the many ways in which she has used her celebrity to initiate larger change. After her thoughtful and entertaining turn as Mabel in “Only Murders in the Building,” it will be intriguing to witness what she chooses to do next.