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Selena Gomez opens up about landing her role in Only Murders in the Building


Just days before the second season of Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building debuts, Selena Gomez is opening up about her character.

The 29-year-old actress stars alongside comedy legends Steve Martin, 76, and Martin Short, 72 in the series, which returns for Season 2 on June 28.

The actress spoke with the Awards Chatter podcast, where she revealed that her character was actually originally envisioned as a male.

Opening up: Just days before the second season of Hulu's Only Murders in the Building debuts, Selena Gomez is opening up about her character

Opening up: Just days before the second season of Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building debuts, Selena Gomez is opening up about her character

New season: The 29-year-old actress stars alongside comedy legends Steve Martin, 76, and Martin Short, 72 in the series, which returns for Season 2 on June 28

New season: The 29-year-old actress stars alongside comedy legends Steve Martin, 76, and Martin Short, 72 in the series, which returns for Season 2 on June 28

Martin co-created the series with John Hoffman, though landing Short was essential to getting Martin to come aboard as a star.

‘My understanding is that Steve said he wouldn’t be in it unless Marty was in it,’ Gomez began.

‘So we got Marty and that was the beginning before I was involved. Steve met with John Hoffman and they spoke and it was actually some of the producers’ collective idea of having a female but not only a female, someone completely generations off. And Steve said he loved the idea and thought it was really fun,’ she added.

Essential: Martin co-created the series with John Hoffman, though landing Short was essential to getting Martin to come aboard as a star

Essential: Martin co-created the series with John Hoffman, though landing Short was essential to getting Martin to come aboard as a star

The series follows Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), a former TV drama series star, Oliver Putnam (Short), a struggling Broadway director, and Mabel Mora (Gomez), a young woman renovating an apartment in their building, The Arconia.

The first season followed this unlikely trio, who discover they’re all true crime superfans… and put their passion to the test when someone is murdered in their building.

After landing the role, Gomez said, ‘the next part was them hoping I wasn’t going to be annoying. That’s honestly the truth. They didn’t know.’ 

Trio: The series follows Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), a former TV drama series star, Oliver Putnam (Short), a struggling Broadway director, and Mabel Mora (Gomez), a young woman renovating an apartment in their building, The Arconia

Trio: The series follows Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), a former TV drama series star, Oliver Putnam (Short), a struggling Broadway director, and Mabel Mora (Gomez), a young woman renovating an apartment in their building, The Arconia

She added, ‘They tell people all the time, “I guess we didn’t really know what to expect, someone coming in who’s younger.”

‘But I couldn’t have been luckier because they called me. I talked to everyone for a while and I just told them all my fascination behind true crime. It happened and I can’t picture the show with three men,’ she added.

Gomez also shared that she started delving into both of her new co-star’s classic movies.  

Classics: Gomez also shared that she started delving into both of her new co-star's classic movies

Classics: Gomez also shared that she started delving into both of her new co-star’s classic movies

Luckier: 'But I couldn’t have been luckier because they called me. I talked to everyone for a while and I just told them all my fascination behind true crime. It happened and I can’t picture the show with three men,' she added

Luckier: ‘But I couldn’t have been luckier because they called me. I talked to everyone for a while and I just told them all my fascination behind true crime. It happened and I can’t picture the show with three men,’ she added

‘So I think Steve and Marty knew of me. I don’t know if they necessarily knew any of my work. Not necessarily the same, because I watched all the classics with my mom growing up but it had been a while and I had not seen nearly enough because they had both done a lot,’ she said. 

She added Short’s character Jiminy Glick, ‘was one of my favorite characters so I knew Marty from that and then obviously Steve from multiple different things I watched growing up. So I knew.’

‘Then once I started working with them, I started watching Plains, Trains and Automobiles and started watching all the other little ones. I’d come on set the next day and be asking him questions about the movie. He would just get a kick out of it because it’s so fun to see what they’ve done. They are the original gangsters,’ she said.

Knew: 'So I think Steve and Marty knew of me. I don’t know if they necessarily knew any of my work. Not necessarily the same, because I watched all the classics with my mom growing up but it had been a while and I had not seen nearly enough because they had both done a lot,' she said

Knew: ‘So I think Steve and Marty knew of me. I don’t know if they necessarily knew any of my work. Not necessarily the same, because I watched all the classics with my mom growing up but it had been a while and I had not seen nearly enough because they had both done a lot,’ she said

Favorite: She added Short's character Jiminy Glick, 'was one of my favorite characters so I knew Marty from that and then obviously Steve from multiple different things I watched growing up. So I knew'

Favorite: She added Short’s character Jiminy Glick, ‘was one of my favorite characters so I knew Marty from that and then obviously Steve from multiple different things I watched growing up. So I knew’

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