Selena Gomez was recently named Billboard’s Woman of The Year. Along with that auspicious title comes a fun photoshoot and a long sit-down interview. In the interview Selena discussed, among other things, puppies (she got one while she was with The Weeknd, his name is Charlie!), horses (she did equine therapy), her new kidney and teddy bears (unverified, but probably a gift from Justin Bieber because he’s exactly the kind of dude who thinks an oversized teddy bear is an appropriate gift for an adult woman. Spoiler Alert: The teddy bear gets mauled by Charlie in the end). The interviewer was so taken with Selena’s thoughtfulness and maturity that she was moved to write:
There is no fidgeting, no hesitation, no searching gazes as she speaks — only a kind of openness that makes it easy to forget Gomez is only halfway through her 20s.
Well, to a point. There was one question that came up that seemed to derail Selena’s tranquility and calm demeanor: Why would you fuck with Woody Allen?
Here’s the inevitable question:
Was Woody’s past something you thought about before signing on to the movie?
To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer — not because I’m trying to back away from it. [The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, “Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.”
How do you not know how to answer?!? Anybody that’s even considered working with Woody should first and foremost have a prepared statement at the ready because of course somebody is going to ask you about it. And Weinstein has not one thing to do with it because people have been asking Woody’s actors, “Why tho?”, for a while. Just admit your thirst is stronger than your moral compass girl, it’s O.K.! And from the sound of things, Selena wanted to work with Woody in a bad way.
I auditioned five times for it. I didn’t have the greatest confidence a few times and they passed on me, but it turned out that they didn’t find anyone, so I auditioned one more time and gave it my all. I do feel like I earned it.
Aha, might it be that Woody’s finally having to scrape a little further down the barrel these days? Good! Maybe Kate and Co. can give it a rest now and stop twisting themselves in knots trying to explain how Woody is somehow worth it. At any rate, looks like Selena’s taking a chance that Woody’s alleged crimes are safely grandfathered in since he was exposed B.W. (before Weinstein) and that P.W. backlash isn’t going to come back and bite her in the ass. But, as she herself said, the universe does indeed work in in interesting ways. Maybe her big break will get derailed when Woody is replaced with Christopher Plummer who, while a wonderful actor, has yet to prove himself behind the camera as a quirky Jewish New Yorker who loves the clarinet.
Here’s Selena at last night’s Billboard Women In Music Awards in Hollywood.