Selena Gomez won’t be going down that road to wreckage and ruin traveled by other young female pop star/actresses – not according to her “Wizards of Waverly Place” father, David DeLuise, anyway.
Last month, he notes, “I was driving downtown and there were 10 helicopters surrounding the area because Lindsay Lohan was going into jail again. Well, I’m not blaming her parents because I don’t know. But I do know that Selena has Mandy and Brian, who are very concerned about her well-being – not only her career, but her well-being,” he stresses. “They’re great parents.”
DeLuise, who has 17 and 12-year-old daughters of his own, has come to know Selena’s mom and step-dad fairly well through the run of the show. “We hang out, go over to their house or they come to my house. We watch movies, go to barbeques. Obviously, that’s slowed down because Selena has become so busy. On weekends, she goes on mini tours. Yes, they do mature very quickly,” he adds with a smile. “Selena was this little adorable girl and now she’s like a grownup woman wearing high heels. It’s so weird and so great. I just heard her on the radio. They played Justin Bieber, and then Selena – on some list of teen singing sensations. I’m very happy for her. She’s very talented.”
DeLuise acknowledges that with Gomez and her series brothers – David Henrie and Jake T. Austin — maturing so fast, the cast shouldn’t be idle long after the completion of the series’ final season. They’ll need to go into production on the next “Wizards of Waverly Place” movie pretty fast.
“I have not seen a script for the film, but.it’s going to be one of two things. It will be a wrap-up on the show” – including the long-awaited answer as to which of the three “Waverly Place” siblings will become a full-fledged wizard – “or a movie about what happens to the family when only one kid is doing the magic.”
He adds, “They chose to do it as another TV movie. I do not mind saying I feel that was a mistake. I feel a feature film would have done great. But for some reason, they chose to make it a Disney Channel Movie, and I’m very happy to participate. As I sometimes tell the kids, ‘This is what we have to do, and trust they have their reasons.”