It’s been 20 years since “Selena” was released and fans everywhere are remembering La Reina and the biopic this week. “Entertainment Tonight” caught up with Suzette and Abraham Quintanilla in their recording studio in Corpus Christi, Texas to talk about the movie. They talked about why they decided to make and release a movie about the late Tejano singer’s life just two years after her death. Suzette told ET that the family wanted to make sure that the story of Selena and their family was done the right way and they wanted to make sure that the film was accurate. They revealed they were impressed with how much Jennifer Lopez was able to channel Selena in her portrayal.
Suzette and Abraham Quintanilla opened up to “Entertainment Tonight” about how they felt when they saw J.Lo playing Selena saying that for a second, Suzette thought she was seeing her sister on stage once again.
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“She gave me chills when I saw her [for the first time],” Suzette told ET. “I was with him [her father] when she walked out. I literally, for a split second, thought it was my sister. I mean, the way she came out and when she came down the stairs, she kind of pushed down her dress the way that my sister would. She just looked amazing.”
On the other hand, Abraham admitted that he didn’t want the elopement scene included in the movie. He told ET that he didn’t want Selena’s younger fans to think that it was okay to elope. But, he did also apologize and expressed regret for being so strict with Selena that she felt it necessary to run off and get married without his knowledge.
The Quintanillas also told ET which of the iconic “Selena” scenes were real and which were made up for the movie.
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Get your popcorn. This is good.
1. The washing machine dance: Fiction
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“Actually, no,” Abraham said about the scene.
“But what is true is that we would go, as a family, down by the water and we would hang out there and we would talk and just be a family basically,” Suzette added.
2. Anything for Selenas: Nonfiction
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“This is what happened,” Abraham recalled to ET. “The driver kept insisting that he could pull the bus out and so, finally, I told him, ‘You know what? If you want to try it, go for it.’ I think it was about the fourth jerk that ripped the bumper off and everything like the movie. They picked it up, put it in the backseat of his car, he said he was going to hang it up in his garage with a sign that says ‘Selenas.’ That’s exactly like the movie.”
3. Bustier shocker with mom’s help: Nonfiction
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“Yes, of course. I’m a typical Mexican father,” Abraham said about his being shocked with Selena first rocked a bustier on stage. “But it’s the same thing as the first time I saw my daughters with makeup. I said, ‘Go take that thing off right now.’ And a week later I say, ‘Put it back on.'”
Both Suzette and Abraham even confirmed that Selena’s mom helped her make her bustier.