Selena's New Role Is One Young Girls Need To See

by Lia Beck

Selena Gomez has made it very clear that she's growing up and evolving in her career and, as crazy as it might sound, the animated character she voices can totally relate. In Hotel Transylvania 2 , Selena Gomez voices Mavis, Dracula's 125-year-old daughter. The singer/actress returns to the franchise after also voicing Mavis in the 2012 original, and while she's changed over the past three years, Mavis, who was 118 in the first film, has too. Speaking at a press junket for Hotel Transylvania 2, Gomez talks about playing a mother, as well as about what she wants young girls who view the film to take away from her character.

"She’s very confident and she’s extremely aware of herself, and I like that," the 23-year-old says of Mavis. "I think a lot of girls, especially with, you know, social media and people wanting to bring them down, it's a great thing to look up to someone like that."

And she's right. In the movie, Mavis has a lot of confidence and is a multi-dimensional character. She's endlessly curious, excited about life, a nurturing mother, a loving wife, daughter to one of the most well-known vampires around, and willing to kick butt when need be. She's a great character for kids, both boys and girls, to see.

Speaking of which, one of the things that's so cool about the Hotel Transylvania movies is that they don't cater to just young boys or girls, but are totally enjoyable for both. In the clip below, Gomez comments on the importance of this aspect and also talks about feeling like she really became a mom for her role. Check it out!

Hotel Transylvania 2 hits theaters nationwide on Friday, Sept. 25.