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Selena Cast: Where Are They Now?

It’s been 19 years since the world first watched Selena’s hopeful and heartbreaking story unfold on the big screen. The movie boosted some growing careers and was just the start of others. Here is what the cast of “Selena” accomplished after their roles in one of the most iconic Latino movies of all time.

We all know that Jennifer Lopez’s career skyrocketed after portraying Selena Quintanilla early in her career.

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Since the movie, Lopez has won several awards for acting and singing. She’s dropped top-selling albums and starred in major motion pictures like “Maid In Manhattan” and “The Wedding Planner.” She also turned into quite the businesswoman.

Edward James Olmos, who played Abraham Quintanilla, is another star who’s fame continued to grow after “Selena.”

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Olmos, already an Oscar-nominated actor at the time (for 1988’s “Stand and Deliver”), has continued steady work across a variety of formats since 1997. Among his credits: a narrator, star and recurring cast member of several TV shows, including “Battlestar Galactica” and “Dexter.” Dude just nailed down more consistent work with the project “The Art of Living,” announced for 2017.

Who could forget Jon Seda’s incredible job acting as Chris Perez?

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Since “Selena,” Seda has been a successful television actor. His characters have ranged from from the hit HBO show “Oz” to NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.

Jacob Vargas was locked in on his emotional portrayal of Abie Quintanilla.

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Not only did he get a great start to his career in “Selena,” Vargas landed a recurring, 15-episode role on “Sons of Anarchy” and is acting alongside Rose McGowan in “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

You’ve definitely seen Constance Marie since playing Marcella Quintanilla.

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Since the 1997, Marie has been dominating the television screen, as Angie in “George Lopez” and Regina Vasquez in ABC’s “Switched At Birth.” Seriously, she is everywhere and for good reason.

Jackie Guerra totally owned her role as Suzette Quintanilla back in the day.

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After “Selena,” Guerra kept trying to make moves in the entertainment industry, but nothing really took off. She had a roles in a couple movies and a four-episode stint on “American Family” with Edward James Olmos. She is currently working on a film called “Students Like Us.”

Lupe Ontiveros played what some would argue is the most hated woman in the Latino community, Yolanda Saldívar.

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After playing Selena’s killer, Ontiveros when on to play Magdalena in “Greetings from Tuscon” and, notably, Juanita “Mama” Solis in “Desperate Housewives.” In 2012, the Texas-born actress died of liver cancer in her Whittier, Calif., home. She was 69.

Do you recognize Rebecca Lee Meza? She was the little girl that introduced all of us to young Selena.

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“Selena” was Meza’s last major entertainment gig, aside from random appearances here and there and a children’s album. (Yes! She made an album, and you didn’t know about it.) Later in life, Meza opened a wedding boutique and has retired to a private life away from the limelight.

And, the most memorable and important actor of “Selena”: Erick Carrillo as First Cholo.

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Since uttering the most iconic phrase in the Latino community — “Anything for Selenas!” — the actor has consistently landed character roles, from his bartender stint on “The Young and the Restless” to, most recently, playing Hector in the mini series “Sin Verngüenza.” Good to know he is still around, right?

READ: 11 Times We Couldn’t Handle Selena’s Cuteness In Her Interviews

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The Long Awaited Trailer To JLo And Maluma’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Finally Here

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The Long Awaited Trailer To JLo And Maluma’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Finally Here

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One of the year’s biggest collaborations is starting to make more progress after being largely shut down thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Of course, we’re talking about the upcoming highly-anticipated Jennifer Lopez film, Marry Me, which also stars Maluma in his acting debut.

Although we still have a while to wait before the movie makes its big screen debut (not until 2021), we’re finally getting our first look at what the duo will look like on screen along with other exciting details about the project.

Marry Me finally has an official trailer and JLo and Maluma fans couldn’t be more excited.

It seems like we’ve been hyped up for this film forever – and thanks to Coronavirus, we kinda have. But finally, Universal has released the teaser for Marry Me, and it reveals a few new details about the film and its cast. Along with J.Lo, the film stars Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, and Colombian singer Maluma in his major feature debut.

The film was originally announced last summer and production began in October 2019 but much of it was shut down once the Coronavirus struck. The film is directed by Kat Coiro (It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaDead to Me) and features original music by Lopez and Maluma, which sounds too perfect to be legal, sorry.

To celebrate the cinematic milestone, López and Maluma have reported that they are recording a full-length soundtrack of original songs. Maluma Baby is hyped from the time he’s spent in the studio with J.Lo (who wouldn’t be?), telling a reporter last year, “It’s been such an amazing experience also working, doing music. I mean we never stop.”

So here’s everything we know about the film so far.

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Based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, the film is described as a “modern love story about celebrity, marriage and social media.” López plays musical sensation Kat Valdez, who agrees to live-stream her marriage with her fellow superstar Bastian (Maluma — fictional or not, this is officially the hottest couple on Planet Earth and we can’t unsee it) in order to boost the sales of their new single and duet, “Marry Me.”

When she finds out that Bastian has been cheating on her, however, she freaks out and decides to marry a stranger in the audience watching: divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson), who was dragged to the event by his daughter. The unexpected sequence of events leads the two down a path toward unexpected true love.

Even with a new movie coming out, both JLo and Maluma have been hard at work in the studio.

Just last month, Maluma surprise released his latest album – PAPI JUANCHO. It’s Maluma’s fifth studio album and was produced alongside longtime collaborators Rude Boyz. Although the album features Maluma’s alter ego as the main star, it also includes several guest appearances from a number of reggaetón royals, including Justin Quiles, Lenny Tavarez, Myke Towers, and Jory Boy. PAPI JUANCHO was made during quarantine between the singer’s hometown of Medellín and Miami, his U.S. base.

Meanwhile, JLo has teased new music in recent weeks. Jennifer Lopez posted a picture with producer Ryan Tedder over the weekend in which she promised that new music is “just around the corner.”

The snap, in which Lopez is sporting dark red lips and a messy up hairdo alongside the OneRepublic leader and veteran songwriter/producer — rocking a black Mad Tasty hat — doesn’t offer much more detail about what the duo are cooking up, but Lopez seems pretty psyched.

“Can u feeeeeel it… new music just around the corner!!” Lopez wrote.

It would be a welcome return for Lopez, who has only released a remix of “If You Had My Love” so far this year, as fans wait for her to announce a release date for her as-yet-untitled ninth studio album. Lopez’s last full-length was 2014’s A.K.A., which featured the singles “I Luh Ya Papi,” “First Love” and “Booty.”

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JLo Introduces Her Nibling, Brendon In New Short Film ‘Draw With Me’ And It’s A Must Watch

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JLo Introduces Her Nibling, Brendon In New Short Film ‘Draw With Me’ And It’s A Must Watch

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Jennifer Lopez has been wildly busy as of late – and that’s all despite a global pandemic. The Hustlers star attempted a takeover of the New York Mets baseball team with her husband A-Rod, she’s launching her own beauty line, and continues to push out grade-A social media content that keeps her fans begging for more.

Although she’s been busy, she still found the time to support her nibling – who has created a short film about how art was a lifeline for them when coming out. She used the term, which is a gender-neutral alternative for a niece or nephew, when discussing her sister Leslie Lopez’s child, Brendan Scholl (who is transgender and uses they/them pronouns).

Jennifer Lopez has introduced the world to her nibling Brendon and their new short film.

In a video posted to her Instagram TV channel, JLo introduced the film Draw With Me. She’s supporting the short film by her nibling which is about “accepting change and challenges with love, knowing when we do –everything is possible. Please enjoy the first 5 minutes of this incredible story. Stay tuned for the full documentary at film festivals worldwide and coming soon on VOD. A film by @ithakafilms @marcomaranghello @lyndalopez08,” she says in the post.

During her introduction, she explained, “Draw With Me is a short film about a transgender youth and their journey of coming out to their family, and also engaging with their art to help them cope with the feelings they were having during this time.”

She continued on to say, “The film is important and timely in its story and message, and can have a huge impact on those of us who watch and experience what Brendon and their family is going through in this time of acceptance and admission. It’s a story very close to my heart, because it was a family affair… because Brendon is my nibling.”

In the film, Brendon tells the very important and timely story of their coming out and coming to terms with their identity.

After JLo’s brief introduction, there’s a short five-minute preview of the film, featuring Brendon telling their coming out story. “It was in eighth grade when I finally felt comfortable with saying that I’m trans,” they said. As their mom Leslie explained in the film, “You’re talking about your identity as a person. Sexual preference has to do with who you go to bed with, and your identity is who you go to bed as.”

Brendon continued: “I’m just hit with how lucky I am in terms of the family and friends. Titi Jen made that post where she used the right pronouns. It felt really nice to have a family member in a very public way show their support, makes me appreciate things other people will do for me and for anyone else who’s struggling.”

They also share some very dark moments that illustrates how important films like ‘Draw With Me’ really are.

When talking about their lowest moment in the five-minute clip, Brendon says, “The darkest point was definitely when I wasn’t out to any of my teachers or my parents. I was worried about when I came out, that would be like the last straw, so to speak.” The family then reflect upon the night that Brendon very sadly tried to take their own life.

After this, Leslie says, came a turning point, “When it finally hit me, like, ‘Oh my God, my kid just trying to kill themself’, it just hit me. When you finally get to the acceptance part, then you realise it’s not about you. This is about my child.”

And when aunt Lynda asked Brendon about advice they would give to someone who has never had a trans person in their life, their message was clear. “The best thing I can say is just believe them. I shouldn’t have to be scared to tell people who I am,” they said. “If they don’t like me because I’m trans then it’s their loss. I’m not going to change myself just because this one person doesn’t like it.”

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