Watch: A Look at How Selena Gomez Rose to the Top of Hollywood

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She appears in hit movies, has her own fragrance and a clothing line to boot. Yes, at  just 20 years old, Selena Gomez is one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars. As one of the most influential young stars under 30, she ranks 24th on Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index.

Despite her newly single status, 2013 promises to be a big year for Gomez. The new album that has kept the star busy in the recording studio is sure to shake things up. Taking a new approach to her music, Gomez says that the tracks on her upcoming release will take her fans by surprise.

“I?ve recorded over 18 songs already…I?ve never recorded this much in my life,” she told Celebuzz last month. “I?m excited to do things that I feel people are going to be a little taken aback by.”

Next up, the actress will appear on the big screen in the risque R-rated flick Spring Breakers. Distancing her from the squeaky clean Disney girl label, Gomez describes her character as having “a little bit of an edge … She smokes, she drinks, she kind of dances with random guys.”

That doesn’t mean that the star has forgotten about her younger fans.

“I?ve done my best to warn the parents…” she told Celebuzz. “I?ll be 21 this year so for me it?s been kind of refreshing and nice to step out of my comfort zone and do things that I didn?t think I could do as an actress…I do my clothing line and everything else for my fans. But 18 and older [fans], go see Spring Breakers!”

Learn more about Gomez’s rising star status from our experts by watching the video above.

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