Selena Gomez Moved to Tears as ‘Emilia Pérez’ Film Receives Standing Ovation at Cannes

Selena Gomez was overcome with emotion as her film ‘Emilia Pérez’ received a lengthy standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, according to reports from different sources. As the audience in the Palais stood to cheer and clap after the screening, Gomez was seen weeping with joy.

Her co-stars, Zoe Saldaña and Édgar Ramírez, embraced in response to the enthusiastic applause, while director Jacques Audiard acknowledged the crowd from the balcony with a wave of his hat. In ‘Emilia Pérez’. 

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Gomez portrays the wife of a feared drug cartel leader, played by Karla Sofía Gascón, who seeks a secret sex change operation as he plans to retire from his criminal life. Zoe Saldaña plays the lawyer who assists with this transformation.

The film, structured into four acts, features original songs performed by the cast. Earlier in the evening, Gomez made a stunning appearance on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, joining her castmates and the director. She has described her role in ‘Emilia Pérez’ as one of the most challenging of her career.

In an interview on the SmartLess podcast, Gomez shared insights into her performance, recounting a deeply personal scene where she drew on her own experiences, including her first time entering rehab. This cathartic process allowed her to channel her emotions into her character.

Reflecting on her acting career, Gomez expressed that she feels she has only begun to explore her potential. Despite receiving numerous offers, she is highly selective, preferring to audition and earn her roles. This approach ensures she takes on projects that truly resonate with her, demonstrating her dedication and passion for her craft.

-Sushmita Sarkar