She may have hit the road for her Revival Tour—which kicked off this month and runs until December!—but Selena Gomez the actress will be visiting our living rooms on June 24 when her new dark comedy drops on Netflix.
The Fundamentals of Caring, based on the book The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by author Jonathan Evison, stars Paul Rudd as a retired writer who is going through loss and some intense soul-searching that leads him to become a caregiver. His first client is Trevor (Craig Roberts), an unsentimental, hormone-driven 18-year-old suffering from muscular dystrophy who wants to visit America’s lamest attractions and along the way meets bad girl Dot, played by Gomez, who delivers one of the trailer’s most memorable lines.
The dramedy was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and apparently a project that the former FLARE cover star was desperate to join. She told Vulture, “I hadn’t read the book when I got the script, but I completely resonated with the characters. I understood that these were three broken people that were going through their own separate journeys, and I was willing and I wanted to go there. I wanted to do all of the things that I could do with her. So I auditioned three times.”
Gomez was so committed to the role of Dot that she even chopped her signature locks to better become the character and convince writer-director Rob Burnett she was the right choice.
“Obviously, I don’t think he would’ve pictured me in the part when he was writing the script, but we pieced it together and created the look and did the hair and it kind of all worked,” she told Vulture. “It was really fun.”