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The ‘Selena’ Movie Could’ve Been Completely Different. Here Are 25 Things You Didn’t Know About The Film

Twenty-three years have passed since Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla-Perez’s death. The movie about her life and career came out just two years after her death and helped to solidify the continuation of her legacy.

Here’s a look at the top 25 facts you probably didn’t know about the movie!

1. Fans of Selena protested when they learned Jennifer Lopez was playing Selena.

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Selena’s fans began protesting the film once they learned that Jennifer Lopez was taking on the role of their beloved singer. Many thought that Lopez, a Puerto Rican from New York, was unfit to play the Mexican-American from Texas.

2. Abraham Quintanilla needed convincing when it came to Selena’s relationship with Chris Perez.

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Fans of Selena and the pic about her life, are pretty familiar with the fact that Selena’s father Abraham didn’t initially approve of Chris or his daughter’s marriage to him. Afraid that Selena’s younger fans would get the wrong message about eloping, Abraham initially pushed to have the scene of their marriage cut out.

3. Six other women gave J.Lo a run for her money.

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Three women from the open call were selected and three other actresses including Salma Hayek and Bibi Gaytán were considered.

4. Jackie Guerra lied about her talents.

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Jackie Guera who played the role of Suzette, wanted the role so badly that she lied at her audition and said that she was an expert drummer. Suzette later gave her private lessons.

5. “Selena” almost became a victim of brownface.

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The film’s director had to fight to get Lopez the role of Selena. At the time, Warner Bros was considering a non-Latina actress to take on the role which would have been AWFUL.

6. Jennifer Lopez lip-synched

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Creators feared that fans would be upset if they saw Lopez singing the song on her own. So Lopez was coached to lip-synch instead.

7. Abraham Quintanilla didn’t want to show Selena’s murder.

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The film which came out just two years after Selena’s death was likely a very hard project for Abraham to work on. He didn’t want to show his daughter’s death but the film’s director convinced him it was necessary.

8. Constance Marie could be Jennifer Lopez’s sister.

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Lopez and Marie play mother and daughter in the movie. But in real life, Marie is only 4 years older than Jennifer Lopez.

9. Actually, there was a lot of age-skewing on set.

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Lupe Ontiveros was 54-years old when she played Yolanda Saldivar. At the time of Selena’s death, Saldivar was actually only 34.

10. Salma Hayek turned down the role of Selena.

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The Mexican actress was offered the role of Selena when producers first started casting. At the time however, Hayek was gearing up to play her famous role of Frida.

11. You’ve seen this cast together before.

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Most of the film’s cast had starred together in the film “My Family.” That’s right, it wasn’t the first time Jennifer Lopez starred alongside Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Constance Marie, or Lupe Ontiveros.

12. Constance Marie wanted to be Selena.

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Marie played the role of Selena’s mother in the movie. She originally auditioned to play the part of Selena.

13. Roles were flipped.

In “My Family,” Edward James Olmos and Constance Marie play the role of Jennifer Lopez and Jacob Vargas’ children.

14. Constance Marie was also extremely close in age to her other daughter in the movie.

Besides being close in age to Jennifer Lopez, Marie is just 46 years younger than Jackie Guerra who plays Suzette. In real life, Suzette was only 4 years older than her sister Selena.

15. Jennifer Lopez did her best to do Selena’s accent.

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Selena’s Southern accent wasn’t totally noticeable but fans knew it was there. Lopez did her best to portray the singer’s Texan accent in the interview portions of the film.

16. Jennifer Lopez got really close with Selena’s family.

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To prepare, J.Lo lived with Suzette before shooting. The experience made the two closer and they’re still friends to this day.

READ: 11 Reasons Why Selena Is So Special For Us Latinos

17. The casting call got crazy.

Over 20,000 girls turned up to audition to fill the role of Selena at different ages.

18. Jennifer Lopez broke history with her role.

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The young Latina star was paid $1,000,000 for her role. She instantly became the highest paid Latina in history.

19. The move got Lopez to pursue a side gig.

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Lopez had pursued acting for the good part of her young career when she first landed the role. It was acting in this film that got her to seriously pursue singing.

20. Lopez only sang three words in the movie.

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Creators feared fans wouldn’t be too happy to see someone other than Selena singing her words. The only words Lopez sings are when she starts to sing “Como La Flor.”

21. Edward James Olmos packed on the pounds for his role.

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The actor who played Abraham Quintanilla gained 50 pounds in order to portray the realities life Abraham more accurately.

22. Constance Marie spent a lot of time in the makeup room.

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Remember, Marie was much younger than Marcella was in the movie. To look the part, Marie spent four hours in the makeup room.

23. Plans for a movie happened soon after her death.

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Five months after Selena’s death in March, plans for the film were announced.

24. The movie made major history.

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The biopic on Selena’s life has become a classic and favorite amongst her fans. So much so that the film is known as the 10th highest-grossing biopic in history.

25. Chris Perez made an actual appearance.

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In the scene where Chris Perez auditions to be part of Selena’s band, the director found Jon Seda couldn’t really keep up. They pulled the real Chris to set to show Seda how to get the job done but ultimately used the take of his real hands.


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With All Due Respect To Our Queen Becky G, We Can't Stop Thirsting Over Her Man Sebastian Lletget

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With All Due Respect To Our Queen Becky G, We Can’t Stop Thirsting Over Her Man Sebastian Lletget

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Becky G is a pop icon. She’s super talented. She pumps out bop after bop. She’s gorgeous. She’s great. However, her boyfriend is someone that you need to get to know. Sure, he might be a soccer player but he is also just really handsome and good to look at.

Let’s take a moment to talk about Sebastian Lletget.

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She’s 21 and he’s 27, so perhaps her song “Mayores” is more of a confessional than we thought. JK. He is definitely one of the hottest bits of arm candy we’ve seen in a long time.

He’s a professional soccer player for the LA Galaxy.

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He’s a midfielder and an athletic king. Excuse me while I go buy season tickets to all their games. It is money well spent and we are all here for it.

I mean, really though, how is someone so beautiful?!

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He has literally perfected the seductively unzipping his sweatshirt tease. Total thirst trap and I am falling for all of it. Who could possibly resist such a good looking man?

OK, Becky G, te gustan mayores eh?

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Well, now I see why…ufff. He might not be a daddy yet but he is definitely inching into the zaddy zone. Soccer has been good to his body and we can all agree on that.

This is the kind of man that could leave me on read for days and I wouldn’t give a damn.

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Like I’d still be grateful. The mere fact that he would even pay attention to me is all I want, honestly. How can I get him to notice me?

The man knows his angles.

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Like, does he even have a bad angle? No matter what photo we’ve seen of him, there is no bad angle.

Of course, he hangs out with other beautiful footballers.

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Beauty loves company and his beauty no doubt draws in a lot of company. He will always draw the attention to himself no matter who he shares the photo space with.

If being beautiful wasn’t enough, the man also pays visits to Children’s Hospital LA to spread joy and inspire those in need.

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This melts my heart. He is not just a handsome man with an athletic body, he is someone with a kind and generous heart.

He’s also an experienced swimmer who may be on the 2020 US Olympic team.

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Please tell me an ad campaign with Speedo is in the works. Because, you know, the people demand and deserve the kind of content they want to see in the world. Obviously, there are so many people who want to see Lletget show off his new speedo.

Whoever took this photo, thank you!

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He certainly loves to show off his athleticism and we are totally OK with that. We just feel lucky to be able to cheer him on as he plays for the LA Galaxy team.

Seductive stares into the camera are his thing.

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Or maybe he is just that talented where cameras love to capture his face. Have you seen one bad photo of him yet? No. Didn’t think so.

Like not just anyone can pull off looking this level hot when they’re writhing in pain.

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Thankfully, I’m professionally trained in athletic medicine so I’m available to help with any future injuries. Just putting that out there. I’ll DM you my number, papi.

He truly knows how to work a tux on the red carpet.

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Those piercing brown eyes are leaving us gagged, honey. He is showing everyone that it isn’t just blue and green eyes that can stop people in their tracks. This man kind of has it all.

If we needed any further proof of his thot status.

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Faceless, shirtless selfie…check. It is like he is trying out new profile pictures for Grindr.

It’s pretty safe to say we’re not the only ones thirsting after Becky’s novio.

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Unfortunately, there’s only one of him on this planet and he’s Becky’s. Good for you, girl!

Many on Twitter are quick to point out exactly what we’re all thinking.

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The thirst is real and everyone is parched. Good thing we live in the time of social media so we can see what he looks like every day.

Even though we’re all thirsting for this beautiful man, we’re so happy for this power couple.

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They are absolutely goals. Hopefully one day we will all achieve those same goals.

READ: 21 Things You Just Gotta Know About Becky G

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