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Selena Gomez’s 13 Reasons Why Star Couldn’t Help Fangirling over Her Either (Even Though He’s Nearly 50!)

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It’s no surprise that Selena Gomez has fans of all ages.

Stopping by PEOPLE Now, Brian d’Arcy James, who stars on Gomez’s hit show 13 Reasons Why, opened up about being a big fan of the singer way before signing on to the Netflix project.

“I knew her from Wizards of Waverly Place,” admits d’Arcy James. “My daughter is 15, so I knew exactly who Selena Gomez was because I watched her everyday for about five years on television.”

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So, did working with Gomez give d’Arcy James — who play’s Hannah’s father — some brownie points in the dad department?

“Absolutely,” the 48-year-old says. “My daughter was lucky enough to be at the premiere with my wife and I and I spent the whole night, basically, trying to find a time to introduce my daughter to Selena Gomez.”

“When we finally did, I have to say, she was so sweet,” d’Arcy James continues. “Selena was so sweet and kind and just a great, great person. [She] really took the time to speak with my daughter and her buddy that were there and they were over the moon. It was fantastic.”

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13 Reasons Why is now streaming on Netflix.