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