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The ‘Selena’ Movie Could’ve Been Completely Different. Here Are 25 Things You Might Not 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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20 Forgotten Photos Showing Selena With Today’s Biggest Celebrities

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20 Forgotten Photos Showing Selena With Today’s Biggest Celebrities

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During her short life, Selena Quintanilla accomplished more than most manage to do in a lifetime. She conducted hundreds of tours, made performances on TV and movies, and often alongside some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

Here’s a look at 20 famous stars who met Selena including Garth Brooks and Marlon Brando.

1. Selena and Ricky Martin

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Selena and Ricky Martin presented together at the Premios Lo Nuestro in 1992. In the years since her death, Martin went on to win two Billboard Music Awards in 1993 and 1999, and has even appeared in a few movies and television shows.

2. Selena and Gloria Estefan

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During her life as a performer, the queen of Tejano music expressed her love and admiration for Cuban singer Gloria Estefan. On the same night in that Selena presented with Ricki Martin in 1992, the singer got to meet the former Miami Sound Machine lead. In 2005, Estefan covered Selena’s “I Could Fall In Love” for a tribute. 

3. Selena and Mario Lopez

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In a Twitter post to his account, the former “Saved By The Bell” actor shared a sweet picture of him with Selena writing “#TBT Early 90’s with Selena Quintanilla at a Tejano event. She looked beautiful & I wore a red coat & a hideous tie.”

4. Selena and Lorena Herrera

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The Tejano singer posed next to the Mexican singer and actress after another performance. Herrera has spent most of her career acting in telenovelas and singing. During the 90s, around the time that this photo was taken, the singer was starring on shows like “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” and “El Premio Mayor.” 

5. Selena and Garth Brooks

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The Tejano singer had been a huge fan of country singer Garth Brooks. In 1990 the rising star, took a photo with the singer.

6. Selena & Freddy Fender

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Selena took a photo alongside Mexican-American Tejano country legend Freddy Fender back in the 90s.

7. Selena with Rick Nelson & Freddy Fender

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Selena sang alongside one of her biggest Tejano heroes and the American rock and roll star Rick Nelson. 

8. Selena & Daisy Fuentes

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Cuban American television host and comedian took a photo with Selena back in the late 90s during the height of their careers.

9. Selena and Marlon Brando

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Back in 1994, Selena Quintanilla graced the screen in a cameo appearance in “Don Juan DeMarco.” The film starred Marlon Brando who she is pictured with above as well as Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway.

10. Selena and Ramiro Delgado

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In 1994, Selena made an appearance on the popular telenovela ‘Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.” For two episodes the Mexican-American shared the scene with Ramiro Delgado, Gaby Platas and Lupe Esparza.

11. Selena, Tweety and Bugsbunny

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During a Univision party in Las Vegas, back in 1992, Selena took photos with Tweety and Bugs Bunny. 

12. Selena and Minnie Mouse

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Selena took photos with Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck after a 1992 performance at Disneyland in 1992. Of course, for her big moment she wore her famous jeweled bustier.

13. Selena and Bonnie Brait

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Selena had a long list of celebrities she admired and the legendary definitely Bonnie Raitt topped it. At the 1995 Grammys just weeks before Selena’s death, the Tejano queen got to meet her musical favorite and take this photo.

14. Vicente Fernández

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Quintanilla had long been a fan of the legend, Vicente Fernández when she first took a photo with the Mexican singer and actor back in the 90s. No doubt, by her smile, her moment to shine next to El Rey de la Música Ranchera was a huge one.

15. Selena and El Buki

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These two gave us major hair goals back in the 90s when they posed for this photo.

16. Selena and Grupo Bronco

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Selena posed alongside Selena after performing together on the Televisa soap opera “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.”

17. Selena and Barrio Boyzz

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In 1994, Selena joined forces with the America Latin pop quintet the Barrio Boyzz for the song “Donde Quiera Que Estés.” After recording the song, the Barrio Boyzz joined Selena on a mini tour throughout Mexico and Texas.

18. Selena and Veronica Castro

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During a visit to Monterrey in 1992, Quintanilla did an interview with Verónica Castro.

19. Selena and Cristina Saralegui

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Latinx who think Latinos who don’t speak Spanish better take a moment and learn. Selena struggled to learn Spanish for years until she became an international and decided to learn the language completely. During an interview on Cristina’s show Selena spoke in Spanish and charmed her fans.

20. Selena and Esai Morales

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Years after he played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba” and years before he went onto act in NYPD Blue, Esai Morales was posing next to Selena Quintanilla as a fan.


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Mac Cosmetics Released A Second Selena Collection And I Have To Say They Redeemed Themselves

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Mac Cosmetics Released A Second Selena Collection And I Have To Say They Redeemed Themselves

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After much anticipation, MAC Cosmetics has officially launched its second collection inspired Selena Quintanilla. Celebrating the Tejano music legends 25-year legacy, the aptly named Selena La Reina celebrates the legend’s signature ’90s beauty style.

The limited-edition line features 15 pieces.

That’s four lipstick shades, three lipgloss shades, two lip pencils, three shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour and Extra Dimension Skinfinish, and a Mi Siento…Muy Excited X8 Eye Shadow Palette. Topped off with a Selena Makeup Bag the prices range from $19 to $37 it’s clearly a package deal!

In a recent post to their Instagram page, MAC Cosmetics celebrated the launch with an endearing message.

“Selena still captivates us all. Celebrate 25 years of Selena’s legacy with an all-new collection honouring her iconic life and signature style. La Reina lives on ✨. Available online now in select markets.”

Quintanilla’s beloved sister Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga shared her excitement over the new launch in a press release stating, “This collection is so special to me because it celebrates Selena’s 25-year legacy and I wanted the packaging to be fun and memorable! The true inspiration behind the packaging is Selena’s ICONIC rhinestone bra and really led to the holographic feel for the rest of the collection so it pulled everything together!” 

The new line includes a Selena La Reina Makeup Bag.

MAC Selena La Reina Makeup Bag

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Inspired by Selena’s legendary bustier top – $35


Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skinfinish in La Leyenda

MAC Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skinfinish in La Leyenda

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Gold pearlescent highlighter for your cheeks, eyes and nose-  $37

Selena La Reina Eye Shadow X 8: Me Siento…Muy Excited

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An 8-pan eyeshadow palette for every day and full party lewks. – $35


Selena La Reina Lipstick

MAC Selena La Reina Lipstick in Queen of Cumbia

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Selena’s signature deep red lip comes through with this baby. – $20


Selena La Reina Lipglass in Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

MAC Selena La Reina Lipglass in Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

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A shimmery lip gloss to show off that beam. – $18.50


Selena La Reina Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Big Bertha

MAC Selena La Reina Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

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Look like a 90s beauty icon in this matt finish. – $23

Be sure to shop the new MAC Selena La Reina collection before it sells out on MAC’s online store. 

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