Selena Gomez is one of the most recognized celebrities on the planet with more than 329 million followers on Instagram. She knows a thing or two about being bombarded by the paparazzi.
Molly Shannon sat down for an interview for Hollywood Reporter with a few other actresses to discuss their work and what it's like to be in Hollywood. She decided to share a story about Selena Gomez and how she handles difficult situations that come with huge fame.
Molly Shannon Tells a Story of How "Calm" Selena Gomez Stayed When She Was Bombarded by Paparazzi
Shannon and Gomez were doing press for Hotel Transylvania in Toronto and flew back to LAX together. Shannon said she had "never seen a swarm of photographers swarm" like they did around Gomez.
"It was insane," she said. "I studied you like anyone would study a superstar and you were so calm."
She said "it was mayhem" and there were paparazzi swirling around Gomez. "It was the craziest thing I've ever seen in my entire life at an airport," she recalled.
"Selena just walks so calm like water," she shared. "I don't know how you did it. I really admire you because I admired how much you stayed in your body and I was like, oh my God, she has to be in therapy."
Everyone at the table laughed and Gomez said with a smile, "Yes, I have been."
Gomez has been open about her struggles with mental health. She admitted to Miley Cyrus that she wrestles with bipolar disorder and she said that staying off the internet for almost five years has done wonders for her wellness. Gomez has also been outspoken about no longer caring what people say about her body. In a TikTok recently, she said she didn't care if people called her too fat or too skinny. She thinks she's "perfect the way I am."
In the midst of her wellness journey, Gomez has been open about going to therapy and how useful it can be for anyone who struggles with mental health. That's why she founded a social media platform that focuses on mental health—Wondermind.