Actress and singer Selena Gomez, who is currently starring in the film "Monte Carlo," admits that although she has been typecast as a "Disney girl," that does not bother her and enables her to keep putting a lot of effort into her scenes.

"It doesn't bother me. That allows me to know that I have to work and fight hard in the movie theaters to be a better actress," the young woman, who was in Miami promoting her new film on Wednesday evening, told Efe.

Gomez became known for her role on the Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place" and for being a vocalist with the Disney-produced musical group Selena Gomez & The Scene.

The 18-year-old said that she likes both acting and music.

"I really like portraying characters who are nothing like me. That can be a big challenge. I love being able to transmit feelings and emotions to the public. The same thing happens to me with music, which inspires people and has an effect," Gomez said.

Regarding "Monte Carlos," which will hit U.S. movie theaters next week, she said that it's a romantic comedy that deals with three girls who travel to Europe on vacation.

"But, when everything starts to be a disaster, they run into a rich British heiress and they swap their lives," said Gomez, who plays both Grace, a fresh high school grad from Texas on her first overseas trip, and wealthy Brit Cornelia.

The actress said she regretted the fact that many people got to know her only as a result of her relationship with teen music idol Justin Bieber.

"I do all I can to be able to focus on what I like. Obviously, I can't hide. I live my life," she says.