Selena Gomez must have been feeling nostalgic this weekend as she stopped to snap a photo at the Waverly Place street sign, in tribute to her Disney Channel beginnings.
The Only Murders in the Building star shared the photo to Instagram on Saturday, October 29, in which she looks up and smiles at the New York City street sign. Gomez played the wisecracking wizard Alex Russo in the Disney Channel sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place from 2007 to 2012, a role that helped launch her career.
“Where it all started,” she captioned the photo.
Gomez’s career has only continued to soar after her time in the beloved Disney comedy series, starring in such films as Monte Carlo and Spring Breakers , hosting her own HBO Max cooking series Selena + Chef , and releasing six best-selling studio albums. However, she continues to have a soft spot for the show that brought her to the limelight.
“I loved being on [ Wizards of Waverly Place ] so much,” Gomez told Entertainment Weekly’s award-winning podcast in April. “I felt like I had learned a lot. We actually had great writers — we had two writers working on Friends — and we had an incredible director that we used for most of our seasons.”
She also said she sees a strong connection between Alex Russo and the character she plays on Kills Only in the Building , Mabel Mora. “I feel like Mabel is in a way an older version of Alex,” Gomez said.
Gomez has received critical acclaim for her performance on the Hulu comedy-crime series, including nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award.