Maria Canals-Barrera

Maria Canals-Barrera
Maria Canals-Barrera has two beautiful daughters: Bridget Barrera and Madeleine Barrera. But Canals-Barrera also took on the role of mom… to none other than Selena Gomez. As Gomez’s non-Wizard mom on Wizards of Waverly Place, Canals-Barrera (as Theresa Russo), parents her rebellious daughter, and her two other children Max and Justin, with just the right amount of embarrassing antics and over protection. 

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.