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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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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Selena’s Family Says They’re Ready For The Grammys And They’ll Accept The Award For Her

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Recently, it was announced that this year’s Grammy Awards were postponed until March thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. The news disappointed many Selena fans who were excited to see her posthumously awarded a lifetime achievement award.

However, her family has reiterated their intent to collect the award on Selena’s behalf, with her brother telling TMZ that they plan to make a family affair out of it.

Selena’s brother A.B. says the family is ready to accept her posthumous Grammy.

Selena’s older broth, A.B. Quintanilla recently spoke to TMZ about the family accepting Selena’s latest Grammy on her behalf. He said with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Selena’s parents will most likely stay home and that he and his sister Suzette Quintanilla will be in attendance if there’s an in-person ceremony.

“Coming on the end of [the pandemic], I would say that it’s not safe for my mother and father,” A.B. said. “They probably would be staying in.”

The Academy recently announced that the award show would be a smaller, virtual event taking place in March. But that’s no issue according to A.B. He said that he’s got grand plans to turn his sister’s award into a family affair and that they’ve got their popcorn ready.

He also says it feels like Selena’s still here whenever she wins an award or sets new records, even though it’s been a quarter-century since she was murdered.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because she’s breaking these records and she’s doing wonderful things but unfortunately she’s not here,” he admits. “It’s strange how people in their mindset, and even with me sometimes, it feels like she is here…I’m just happy to have been a part of it and that people are still enjoying the beautiful art that made because those pieces that Selena made, in the music world, those are van Gogh’s.”

A.B. also spoke about Netflix’s Selena: The Series, which debuted last month.

He said the series sheds more light on how their family played a part in Selena’s success. A.B. was Selena’s primary producer and songwriter and Suzette was the drummer in her band.

It would be great to see the whole family [accept Selena’s award],” A.B. said. “As people are seeing in the series, this was a family effort. A lot of people are in shock going, ‘Whoa A.B.! We didn’t know you were the guy that wrote the hits and you wrote the music and you had so much pressure on you.’ I’m very grateful for the series and for people learning from the series.”

The Grammy will not be Selena’s first.

In 1994, she became the first female Tejano singer to win in the Best Mexican-American Album category. During her award acceptance speech, Selena thanked her family. Her brother and sister helped to write, produce, and also played instruments on the album. Selena’s father Abraham worked as her manager.

Selena was nominated after her first Grammy win in 1995 for her fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido. Though she did not win the award, was thankful to be thought of in such high regard. She told a reporter at the time, “Just to be around these artists who are considered to be heavyweights is an honor.”

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