‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’: Selena Gomez Reminisces on Andy Samberg Deflecting ‘Weird Questions’ for Her

Next question. In the past, when things have gotten awkward during Hotel Transylvania press junkets it’s Andy Samberg who’s acted as a buffer for Selena Gomez. In fact, it became something of a bonding moment for the actors who have starred in the hit animated franchise since 2012.

Selena Gomez is typically forthcoming during interviews

Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg stand next to each other and smile
Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Having spent most of her life in the spotlight, first on Barney & Friends and The Wizards of Waverly Place and now on Only Murders in the Building, Gomez has plenty of experience giving interviews.

She’s done all types, ranging from radio and print to talk shows. Through it all, the Grammy nominee has fielded all sorts of questions. Whether about her latest album, movie, or personal life, she’s opened up. 

The singer and actor has a history of being forthcoming about her love life. Most notably, her on-again-off-again relationship with Justin Bieber which ended for good in 2018. Gomez got candid about the split in the aftermath. 

She’s also spoken candidly about mental health, why she chose to take a break from social media (Gomez’s Instagram password is a mystery even to her), and more. 

Gomez remembers Samberg making her feel ‘very comfortable’ during ‘Hotel Transylvania’ press junkets

Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, and David Spade pose with 'Hotel Transylvania' director Genndy Tartakovsky
Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, and David Spade with ‘Hotel Transylvania’ director Genndy Tartakovsky | Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Over the years, after what is likely thousands of interviews, Gomez has endured awkward moments. While promoting the final Hotel Transylvania movie, Gomez and Samberg reflected on their early days playing Mavis and Johnny. 

Asked what they bonded over after they met promoting the first installment, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer recalled Samberg helping her answer “weird” questions. 

“Andy was really sweet. I was a little pipsqueak back then and he was making me laugh,” Gomez told USA Today in January 2022. “And when weird questions would come up, he would deflect and it was very nice.” 

“I remember feeling very comfortable, like, ‘This is fun,’” she added.

Samberg, who wrapped the NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine in 2021, chimed in, saying he’d prefer not to be in Gomez’s shoes. 

“It’s interesting doing press with Selena. She gets a whole other variety of questions than I get,” he said. “It’s been fascinating for me to see. She deals with it very gracefully, but man, I wouldn’t trade.”

‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’ is the end of an era for the actors

Although Samberg jokingly referred to Mavis and Johnny as a “good onscreen couple,” it’s time for him and Gomez to say goodbye to the characters. 

Samberg’s not watching the Hotel Transylvania movies, or any other animated films such as Coco, Encanto, and Moana because of the 4-year-old daughter he shares with his wife, musician Joanna Newsom.

As for Gomez, she described ending the franchise as “so weird” after having it be a fixture in her 20s. “Especially for me, in my 20s and now going on to 30s, it’s really interesting to have grown up with this character,” she said. 

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video beginning Jan. 14, 2022. 

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