Starring as Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place had a major impact on Selena Gomez"s career while lending to one of Disney Channel"s best shows.

When people think of a gorgeous and talented actress like Selena Gomez, one of the first things they remember is the fact that she got her start on the Disney Channel. Her role as Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place had a major impact on her career. She starred in Wizards of Waverly Place alongside Jake T. Austin and David Henrie. The show was always very funny, filled with hilarious moments, and super heartfelt because it focused on family connections and sincere bonds between friends.

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The first episode of the show aired on October 12, 2007, and the final episode aired on January 6, 2012. This Disney Channel TV show racked up several awards including the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Children"s Program.

15 Selena Gomez And David Henrie Dated But Decided To Call It Quits

While Selena Gomez and David Henrie were filming Wizards of Waverly Place together, they actually started dating! Unfortunately, their relationship did not last and they decided to call it quits. They were able to maintain a platonic friendship after breaking up so nothing was awkward for them on the set of the show.

14 Demi Lovato"s Sister, Dallas Lovato, Was Going To Be On The Show But Got Cut

Demi Lovato"s sister, Dallas Lovato, was going to be on Wizards of Waverly Place but unfortunately, she got cut out of the pilot episode. Demi Lovato wanted her younger sister to have a chance at fame and stardom on the Disney Channel but, her character did not stand out enough for her to keep her position on the show.

13 David Henrie Wrote 2 Of The Show"s Episodes: Alex"s Logo And Meet The Werewolves

David Henrie is actually much more talented than a lot of his fans might realize. We know that he is an actor who starred alongside Selena Gomez and Jake T. Austin in Wizards of Waverly Place but what a lot of people may not know is that he also wrote two episodes of the show.

12 Alex Was Originally Going To Be Called Julia

Selena Gomez played the role of Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place. The character of Alex on Wizards of Waverly Place was originally going to be called Julia instead. The show creators decided that they wanted a more gender-neutral name for the lead.

11 The Show Was Almost Called Disney Wizards

The name of the show we recognize and love is Wizards of Waverly Place. Who would’ve ever guessed that this show was originally going to be called Disney Wizards instead? Show creators decided that Wizards of Waverly Place was a more attention-grabbing title than Disney Wizards.

10 Joe Jonas Auditioned For David Henrie’s Part Of Justin Russo

David Henrie snagged the role of Justin Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place, but what a lot of fans of the show might not know is that Joe Jonas actually auditioned for that role as well. Joe Jonas did not end up getting the role but he went on to star in Camp Rock with Demi Lovato later down the line.

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9 The Show Was Originally Going To Take Place In Ireland

Wizards of Waverly Place takes place in New York City. Originally the show was going to take place in Ireland. The creators liked the idea of the family being located in a more foreign place, outside of the US. At the last minute, they decided to keep the family in the United States, rather than putting them in Ireland.

8 Selena Gomez And David Henrie Would Have Thumb Wars Between Takes

Between takes, Selena Gomez and David Henrie would play thumb wars with each other on the set of the show. They obviously were still able to maintain a friendship with each other despite the fact that their romantic relationship did not last. They were able to figure out something fun to do in order to pass the time.

7 David Henrie And Gregg Sulkin Became Close On Set And Decided To Be Neighbors IRL

Gregg Sulkin guest-starred on a few episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place. He & David Henry bonded on set of the show and became such close friends that they decided to buy houses next to each other in real life. In 2017, these two handsome young actors teamed up for another TV show together.

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6 Wizards Of Waverly Place Has Tons Of Harry Potter References

Wizards of Waverly Place is a Disney Channel TV show that focuses on a family trying to hide a major secret… They are all wizards with magical powers. That being said, it makes a lot of sense to us that this show includes a lot of Harry Potter references. Almost every episode of the show includes a Harry Potter reference.

5 The Russo Family Was Originally Going To Own A Magic Shop

On Wizards of Waverly Place, the Russo family was originally supposed to be owners of a magic shop. The show creators decided to write this out of the show because they thought it would be too obvious that the family had a deeper connection with magic. Instead, the Russo parents had other jobs.

4 Selena Gomez Originally Thought Max Should Win The Competition

Selena Gomez thought Max should have been the one to win the competition by the end of the show. She didn’t agree with the fact that her character was the winner. Jake T. Austin, the actor who played Max, felt like no one should have been the winner of the competition.

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3 The Hardware Store On Waverly Place Is Named After The Creator, Todd J. Greenwald

Todd J. Greenwald is the creator of Wizards of Waverly Place. Recognize the name? The hardware store included on the TV show is named after Todd J. Greenwald. He incorporated his name into the show in a way that viewers of the show are easily able to recognize if they are paying attention to details in the background.

2 Selena Gomez Kept Her Wizard Wand After Filming Wrapped

Whenever actors and actresses film movies and TV shows, a lot of the time they like to keep mementos that remind them of their time filming a show or movie. Selena Gomez decided to keep her wizard wand after filming wrapped on Wizards of Waverly Place. Her costars kept their wizard wands as well.

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1 Wizards Of Waverly Place Had The Most Watched Finale In Disney Channel History

Wizards of Waverly Place had the most-watched finale in Disney Channel history. That means that more people tuned into the finale of Wizards of Waverly Place than tuned into Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, or any other mega-popular TV show on the Disney Channel.

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