Though she was tragically killed in 1995 at the young age of 23 — Selena Quintanilla will live on forever as a musical legend. The Tejano singer was just achieving crossover success at the time of her death, and she would have had an even more explosive career had she lived.
While many of us grew up listening to the “Dreaming of You” singer’s sultry vocals, others were introduced to the songstress through the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez, aptly named Selena. The film made Lopez an A-list name. After she was handpicked by Quintanilla’s family to play the late songstress, she was the first Latinx actor to earn a paycheck of $1 million for their work on a feature film.
Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ will debut in 2020
We’re about to get an even more in-depth look into Selena Quintanilla’s life with Selena: The Series. Starring The Walking Dead actress Christian Serratos, TV Line reports the show is “a coming of age story following Selena Quintanilla as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.” The first six episodes are set to air in 2020.
This is what Jennifer Lopez thinks about ‘Selena: The Series’
Jennifer Lopez has always been supportive of other women and anything involving Selena and her legacy. In December 2018 —during an appearance on The View, she said that that she was thrilled about the Netflix show. She said,
Nice! I love that! I was so lucky to play her so early in my career. I was just starting out as an actress, and I was super serious like ‘I had to play this role’ and I had to do a good job. She meant so much to so many people. I had a huge responsibility. I was only 25, or 26 years old at the time. I just learned so much from her. I didn’t realize we were going to have so many similar trajectories and paths. And I was just about to release my first album. Just watching how she handled fame, and family, the whole thing and being in the public eye. It was an honor and a privilege, and a blessing to play her at that time in my career. It was just one of the most beautiful experiences of my life that I have ever had in a film.
This is what Selena Quintanilla’s family thinks of ‘Selena: The Series’
The late Grammy Award winner’s family was very involved in her career and the 1997 biopic. They are also intricately involved in the series. When the show was announced in December 2018 — Netflix stated that Quintanilla’s family would also be on board to produce and executive produce it. Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla released a statement that said,
Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.