Gomez, who got her big break on The Wizards of Waverly Place, said that spending her teen years on the Disney Channel wasn't all that different from how she would have spent them otherwise. "It was a blessing," she said of her time on the network. "It was beautiful and tragic. It was everything that every teen goes through, just on a bigger scale. It literally was like high school." It had an impact on the sort of work she sought after leaving, too. "Disney is a machine, and I'm grateful for it, but I feel like being part of that environment made me crave the reaction from other projects even more," she told the New York Times.