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Selena Gomez on Working With Blackpink, Life in Quarantine and Why She’s Getting Political

Selena Gomez and Blackpink know how to end the summer on a sweet note — by releasing their new single, “Ice Cream,” just before Labor Day. The music video for the infectious candy-coated tune, which will appear on the K-pop group’s upcoming full-length album, was viewed close to 100 million times within 24 hours of its Aug. 28 release on YouTube.

“It’s definitely a joyful thing. Being a part of it brought me joy,” Gomez, 28, says on Thursday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.” “It’s hopefully what everybody else will get from it too. I just want people to feel good. I have a 7-year-old sister, and just to see her dancing to it — she hasn’t been able to go to school, and just seeing how much fun it can be, it was such a highlight.

In addition to “Ice Cream,” Gomez hosts HBO Max’s “Selena + Chef,” a series in which she invites well-known culinary masters to teach her how to cook. The show is shot virtually, with Gomez in her kitchen and her guests, including Roy Choi, Jon Shook, Ludo Lefebvre and Nancy Silverton, giving lessons via remote video. Gomez’s grandparents, who have been living with her during quarantine, make cameo appearances.

And when it’s safe to do so, Gomez will shoot “Only Murders in the Building,” a new Hulu comedy crime series with Steve Martin and Martin Short. “I also think it’s going to bring a lot of joy to people,” says Gomez. “I was on a Zoom with Steve and Marty, and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to get any work done because they are just so quick in their back-and-forth.’”

Her new makeup line, Rare Beauty, was released on Sept. 3 with partial proceeds benefiting mental health service organizations. Gomez revealed in April during an appearance on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram Live show that she has bipolar disorder. She hopes the cruelty-free makeup line will help fans feel good about themselves. “I believe no matter what people say that it does have a connection to your mental health, how you see yourself, how do you maybe think differently?” Gomez explains. “I’ll say to my friends, I wish you can see just [she pinches her thumb and index finger together] this much of what I see. Sometimes we need to be reminded of that.”

Variety caught up with Gomez over Zoom from her home in Los Angeles.

Did you reach out to Blackpink, or did they reach out to you?
It’s kind of mutual because we’re at the same label but under different umbrellas. I love Blackpink, and I’ve been obsessed with them. I was nervous because it is something that’s stepping out of my zone a little bit, but it was just the best time. I have so much respect for them; their work ethic and how much they put into what they do is pretty remarkable. So kind of seeing the crossover has been really interesting at the same time for both of us. Each of us got to go into that world together.

Let’s talk about some of the lyrics. You sing, “I know that my heart is so cold, but I’m sweet for you. Come put me in a cone,” and, “You could double dip ’cause I know you like me.”
[Laughs] I hate when people read out lyrics. It just sounds so different. Yes. I did say that. All right. So how do I approach that now? … It kind of goes into the theme of what the song is, but yes, it’s a little scandalous.

How did “Selena + Chef” come about? Were you planning on doing a cooking show, or was it something that happened because of the pandemic?
It was actually just during quarantine. I had just moved into my house, and I had this dream kitchen, and I just imagined making meals and doing all of that, but then I realized I only knew how to cook like five things.

What have you learned about yourself in quarantine?
It’s definitely the most time I’ve spent on my own probably since I was 16. At first it was super uncomfortable, more so because of the anxiety I was carrying because of everything that is happening. I also feel like I got the opportunity to learn a lot about my country in ways that I never have before. I feel like I’ve gained a sense of knowledge and a sense of feeling good about saying what I’m saying, and I feel good about what I’m standing by, and I’m not going to let other opinions conduct what I feel personally.

You had people like Stacey Abrams and transgender activist Raquel Willis take over your Instagram for a day. Why was that important to do?
When all of that started happening, I felt like there wasn’t much I can say. I’m obviously half Mexican, and I’m from Texas, and that’s a whole other community that gets attacked, but I felt it was necessary to give my platform to someone who does have that experience. It was almost disingenuous if I post something and give the credit to so-and-so. I want people to hear it from them and from multiple categories of the industry and of the government. Honestly, it was a no-brainer for me.

Do you have hope for the country?
One thousand percent — that’s something I’ll never let go of. My friend sent me a news story that said statistically, my generation and maybe younger has shown less interest in voting than ever. It didn’t make sense because if anything, why wouldn’t we be more motivated to do that?

You’re also producing a lot.

It was really interesting in the beginning. I think I learned a lot from “13 Reasons Why.” Then moving on more and more, I started to feel a lot more comfortable. Being on the other side has been really fun because I get to help be a part of the storytelling and get to help with shaping who these people are. It’s also something I’ve been doing during quarantine. At the moment I’m producing 16 projects. I’m just so happy because it’s all in different areas and it’s material I believe in.

Have you called Bill Murray [they appeared today in the 2019 zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die’] and asked him for advice on how to deal with Steve Martin?
You can’t call Bill Murray. He doesn’t have a phone. He is the best old schoolI think I’d have to send him a fax and I don’t even know if I even have that. I like to say that there has been this theme in acting for me from working with Billy Crudup to Paul Rudd, Bill Murray and now Steve and Marty. I end up having really fun relationships with people who have no idea who I am. Bill Murray would just call me “Gomez.” He’d be like, “Gomez — what’s the big deal with you?”

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Selena Gomez’s ‘Selena + Chef’ Quarantine Cooking Show Renewed For Season 2 By HBO Max

It’s order’s up for Selena + Chef as HBO Max announced Thursday that the quarantine cooking show will return for season two. With the sophomore season, the singer can look forward to whipping up even more delicious and challenging dishes in the comfort of her home.

“Learning from some of the best chefs in the world has vastly improved my cooking skills but I have a lot more to learn. I am looking forward to challenging myself in the kitchen on the next season,” Gomez said.

The unscripted quarantine cooking show sees the “Lose You To Love Me” singer prepare a wide variety of dishes, while a slew of expert chefs virtually guide her through each and every step. Selena + Chef, which premiered on HBO Max earlier in August, featured Gomez teaming up with culinary masters including Antonia Lofaso, Ludo Lefebvre, Roy Choi and Tanya Holland. In each episode, guest chefs highlight a charity of their choosing.

Season two of Selena + Chef not only brings the show a new set of recipes ranging in difficulty, but also a new slate of culinary experts and charities to be highlighted.

During HBO’s leg of the virtual CTAM tour, Gomez and Selena + Chef producer Aaron Saidman revealed that the first season of 10-episode series was filmed remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The filming process entailed crew rigging cameras inside Gomez’s kitchen and living room and controlling the machines from outside.

The singer-actress also shared that participating in the show and rediscovering a passion for food and cooking has helped her get out of her quarantine rut.

“[The show] was an opportunity to make something that could make people smile,” she said at CTAM.

Selena + Chef is executive produced by Gomez via her July Moon Productions. Saidman, Leah Hariton and Eli Holzman also executive produce for Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation.

Gomez is represented by WME, Lighthouse Management + Media, Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

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MY SINGLE IS DROPPING AUG. 11, 2020 Selena Gomez and Blackpink to Release New Single

After weeks of teasing a new single with a feature from a high-profile musician, Blackpink has finally shared the name of the star who will join them on their forthcoming release, and just as was expected, its one of the biggest names in the business.

Pop superstar Sleena Gomez has just been revealed as the musician who will collaborate with Blackpink on their next single, which already has a release date…but somehow not a name. The tune is expected on Friday, August 28, but the band hasn’t yet shared the title of the track. That will likely come at some point in the not-too-distant future, as fans don’t need to wait long to hear what the five women have created in the studio.

The Blackpink/Gomez joint effort will serve as the second official single from the South Korean girl group’s forthcoming debut full-length Blackpink: The Album, which has been announced for October 2. So far, Gomez is the only featured act on the set, though the quartet hasn’t dropped the full tracklist, so that could change whenever they do share the information.

The as-yet-untitled song follows hot on the feels of “How You Like That,” the lead single from Blackpink: The Album, which arrived just a few weeks ago. The tune, a high-energy trap-pop smash, peaked at No. 33 on the Hot 100, tying their previously-set peak position. Coincidentally, the group had first reached the top 40 just a few frames prior to the launch of their own new single with “Soru Candy,” a collaboration with pop icon Lady Gaga.

Gomez joining Blackpink on their next single could mean they have major things in store. Her presence may help the tune hit new highs on a number of charts, and it could sway some who aren’t familiar with the group, both in and outside the music industry, to click play on the cut on streaming services and YouTube. In fact, the cut already tands a good shot at becoming a major win for all involved, and there’s no telling how high up the Billboard rankings it could climb.

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Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty to Raise $100 Million for Mental Health Initiatives

Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty cosmetics line just announced the Rare Impact Fund, an initiative pledging to raise $100 million over the next 10 years to provide access to mental health services in underserved communities.

Moving forward, one percent of sales from every Rare Beauty product, in addition to funds raised by partners, will be dedicated to the Rare Impact Fund in an effort to “help address the gaps in mental health services for underserved communities,” according to an official press release. The fund aims to become one of the largest known organizations supporting mental health from a corporate entity.

“I’m so grateful to be surrounded by a team that’s helped make the Rare Impact Fund a reality. Since the brand’s inception, we wanted to find a way to give back to our community and further support people who needed access to mental health services, which have had a profound impact on my life,” said Gomez in a statement. “Rare Beauty is focused on helping people feel more connected to one another and less alone in the world. The Rare Impact Fund will make a direct impact on many lives and, ultimately, make a difference in the world. I’m proud of the work we’ve begun to do with our partners to offer these services to anyone who needs support.”

In addition to the Rare Impact Fund, Gomez’s beauty brand has also launched the Rare Beauty Mental Health Council, an expert team composed of advisers from leading universities, organizations, and companies focused on promoting the importance of mental health.

“Both mental health and seeking support continue to be disproportionately stigmatized in underserved communities,” said council member Jane Delgado, Ph.D., also the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. “By supporting community engagement and channeling funding into resource providers, we can have a substantial impact on the mental health of all communities.”

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Selena Gomez Tri-Star Production ‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ Will Open Before ‘Tenet’

In the wake of California giving the green light for movie theaters to open as early as this Friday, exhibition will be thrilled to hear that more product will become available on the marquee. Tri-Star Pictures is scheduling the Selena Gomez executive produced romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery on July 10, ahead of Warner Bros.’ Christopher Nolan feature Tenet which remains dated for July 17. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ Stage 6 Films acquired WW rights to The Broken Hearts Gallery in a competitive situation.

The movie, directed and written by Natalie Krinsky, stars Bad Education and Blockers actress Geraldine Viswanathan and Stranger Things’ Dacre Montgomery and follows the former as Lucy, an art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After Lucy gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, she becomes inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics, including Lucy herself.

Rather than shoe-horn this feature onto PVOD, I understand Sony wanted to show theater owners its commitment to counter-programming.

“Hearing from more female writers and directors is very much needed. Natalie is a wonderful talent and I am happy to be a part of her debut film. I understand people’s concerns regarding returning to activities we all loved prior to COVID-19. I hope everyone will listen to scientists’ recommendations and consider others’ health and safety while enjoying the movie theater experience,” said Gomez in a statement.

“Now more than ever, The Broken Hearts Gallery will resonate with audiences ready for a feel-good moviegoing experience this summer,” said Josh Greenstein, Motion Picture Group President. “We have faith in a theatrical rebound, and we look forward to being there right out of the gate with our exhibition partners’ anticipated reemergence, as — and when — state-by-state safety guidelines are met.”

“I am beyond thrilled Sony has defined our relationship by bringing The Broken Hearts Gallery into the world,” said Krinsky. “Getting a film made — especially your first — is like finding a soulmate: years of heartbreak and (maybe) ultimate triumph. In this moment of distance it feels good to fall in love. I can’t wait for audiences to (safely) see it in theatres.”

Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Suki Waterhouse, Arturo Castro, Ego Nwodim, Taylor Hill and Bernadette Peters also star in the movie.

The Broken Hearts Gallery was produced and financed by No Trace Camping’s David Gross and executive produced by Gomez, Mandy Teefey, Jesse Shapira, Jeff Arkuss, Josh Clay Phillips, Mason Novick and Michelle Knudsen. The feature was produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates. Endeavor Content and Jamie Feldman of LGNAFC negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Elevation Pictures will handle the pic’s Canadian distribution.
There’s been continual buzz back and forth as to whether Tenet will stick to its July 17 release date or not. We’ll know soon in the next week or two whether it needs to move by two weeks, and much of that has to do with the rest of the world’s 30K screens being open. I’ve heard that there is a distribution plan for Tenet that if New York hasn’t reopened, but most of the world has, the John David Washington time thriller stills opens. I also hear Warner Bros. had a marketing plan in place for Tenet, fired up and ready to go.

The California Department of Public Health’s OK for cinemas to reopen under strict guidelines came as a long-awaited positive sign for movie theaters, and for Tenet‘s commitment to July 17 as well. Sony’s programming of The Broken Hearts Gallery just increases confidence for circuits. Solstice Studios’ Russell Crowe road rage movie Unhinged will get the ball rolling for movie theaters on Wednesday, July 1.

Sony has the following features currently scheduled for 2020: Monster Hunter over Labor Day weekend Sept. 4, the Lord and Miller Sony Animation feature Connected on Oct. 23, and Tri-Star’s The Happiest Season on Nov. 25. Sony, in a shortened year at the box office, currently has the highest grossing both stateside and worldwide, Bad Boys for Life with $207.5M and $422M respectively.

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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Media Scrutiny and Sharing Her Mental Health Journey

Selena Gomez opened up to Amy Schumer for Interview magazine’s latest cover story, published Monday. During a candid conversation, the pop star spoke about dealing with media scrutiny from the time she was a teen and revealed why she has been so open about her mental health journey as of late.

“My intention was never to become a tabloid,” the 27-year-old told Schumer of her headline-making life. “So when things kind of happened that way, it got out of control. And then I was like, ‘Wait, none of this is true.'”

Gomez — who first achieved mainstream stardom in 2007 at age 15 on Disney Channel’s The Wizards of Waverly Place, years before she became a regular target of the paparazzi — went on to say that “the way the media has sometimes tried to explain things has made it sound really bad.”

“When in reality, there’s nothing wrong with the fact that I needed to go away or that I fell in love,” she continued, likely referring to her multiple stints at mental health facilities, plus her relationships with such famous exes as Justin Bieber and The Weeknd.

“I had to start opening up because people were taking away my narrative, and it was killing me,” she said. “I’m so young, and I’m going to keep changing, and no one has the right to tell me how my life’s going.”

Aware of her reach, Gomez — the fifth-most-followed person on Instagram with 173 million online acolytes and counting — told Schumer that she makes a conscious effort to raise awareness for causes that are meaningful to her. As a survivor of lupus and someone who recently shared her bipolar diagnosis, Gomez said she hopes to help those who have suffered similar experiences.

“I’ve gone through a lot of medical issues, and I know that I can reach people who are going through similarly scary things — an organ transplant, or being on dialysis, or going away for treatment,” said Gomez, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2017 due to lupus complications. “A huge part of why I have a platform is to help people.”

Added Gomez: “That’s why I think I’m OK with the magnitude. I mean, I’m not really OK with it — but I’m going to say that I am because it’s worth it. I know that I’m making someone somewhere feel good, or feel understood or heard, and that’s worth it for me.”

Now, more empowered than ever, Gomez also promised to make the most of her platform as the 2020 presidential election draws near. While she joked that a run for office may be decades away, she is intent on “pressuring” her fans to cast their ballots in November. “I’m encouraging as many people as possible to vote. It’s something that me and my friends talk about constantly,” she told Schumer. “I’ll be fully on the ground pressuring people to vote.”

Gomez also spoke about returning to music, with her third consecutive No. 1 album, Rare, released in February; it spawned “Lose You to Love Me,” her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

“I wrote it at the beginning of last year and had just gotten out of treatment,” she said. “It was a moment when I came back, and I was like, ‘I’m ready to go into the studio with people I trust and start working on songs.’ There was an air around it where people were very happy because it was like I was going to finally be me. But I didn’t necessarily see it that way at the time. When I wrote the song, I was basically saying that I needed to hit rock bottom to understand that there was this huge veil over my face.”

Read Gomez’s full Interview profile here

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Selena Gomez’s ‘Boyfriend’ Video

Selena Gomez premiered the music video for her new single “Boyfriend” on Friday (April 10), and it lives up to the old adage that you have to kiss a few frogs before finding your prince.

In the clip directed by Matty Peacock, the pop star takes her destiny into her own hands, employing a magic potion to weed out the dating duds in her search for her perfect match.

“I want a boyfriend/ But I just keep hitting dead ends/ Try to take a shortcut, but I get cut/ Again and again/ I want a boyfriend/ Tell me, are there any good ones left?/ I keep findin’ wrong ones, but I want love/ Again and again/ I want a boyfriend,” Gomez intones over the track’s bouncing bass line as, one by one, her roster of suitors turns into an army of ribbit-ing amphibians.

“Boyfriend” serves as the opening track of the brand-new deluxe edition of Rare, which also features previously unreleased songs “Souvenir” and “She,” alongside No. 1 single “Lose You To Love Me,” “Look At Her Now” and the title track.

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