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Here’s How Christian Serratos Journeyed From Nickelodeon To Twilight To Landing The Role Of Selena In Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’

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Here’s How Christian Serratos Journeyed From Nickelodeon To Twilight To Landing The Role Of Selena In Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’

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We are all on pins and needles waiting for the new Selena tv show that is coming to Netflix. We know the casting and we are super excited to know that "Twilight" star and dreamboat Christian Serratos is playing the Selena Quintanilla. Serratos has a very long career that has touched so many of our favorite shows and movies growing up. Seeing her as the face of the late Tejano singer just seems right and there is a reason to celebrate this casting. Congratulations, Christian on landing this role of a lifetime. Here are some fun facts about the woman who will be playing Selena in the highly anticipated Netflix version of the Selena Quintanilla story and why everybody needs to know her.

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1. Serratos once said that her dream is to play "somebody who is very famously Latina."

Wow. She teased us all. Christian Serratos is set to play the infamous, cult icon Selena Quintanilla in Netflix's upcoming series, set to air in December. Honestly, the "Twilight" fan in all of us is screaming with joy over this casting.

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2. You might recognize Serratos as Angela Weber from the Twilight series.

Her performance in this role won her a "Young Supporting Actress" award in Best Performance in a Feature Film at the 30th Young Artist Awards. Legit, it was a role that left a lasting impact on all of us.

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3. Or, more recently, as Rosita Espinosa in The Walking Dead.

She made her first appearance at the end of the fourth season and has steadily made her way into the main cast by the seventh season of the show. Her character is a total badass and we can't wait to see what she brings to the Selena series on Netflix.

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4. Serratos heritage is Mexican and Italian but was born in Pasadena, California.

Yes, it looks like she had her ears pierced at birth, too. Her Mexican-American madre is a jewelry designer and public relations and marketing agent. This should be a welcomed piece of information to people who were upset that Puerto Rican Jennifer Lopez played the Mexican-American icon in the biopic shortly after Selena's death.

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5. "I love holding it down for the Latinas," Serratos said of playing a Latina in "The Walking Dead."

"It's cool because there's not many Latin women in comics and I think it's probably a bucket list thing for me [to play her]," she said in an Entertainment Tonight interview. There is a very severe lack of representation on television and in movies when it comes to Latinos. Serratos is here to hold it down for Latinas and it is a welcomed change in Hollywood.

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6. Serratos has experienced racism in Hollywood.

One review of an independent film of which she was one of four leading roles, described her role as "the Latina friend," while the other roles were described in detail. "I’m like, 'You just bastardized everything that I just f--king poured my heart and soul into,'" she told MTV. Honestly, racism in Hollywood is nothing new. It is something the entire entertainment industry in Los Angeles is having to grapple with because people are done with these pendejadas.

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7. Before "Selena" and "The Walking Dead,"auditions for Latina roles meantdoing "the accent" was the "story of my f---cking life."

"It’s a rock and a hard place is what it is, because you’re incredibly proud of your heritage and you want to be that for people -- that’s what you are; that’s who you are," Serratos explained to MTV. "Sometimes it’s rough to go in on an audition where they need you to play an accent and speak the language, but on the other hand, it’s really sad when they don’t want that."

People just assume that all people in one group speak the same way. However, not all Latinos speak with thick Spanish accents.

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8. Today, she has a baby girl with her long-time boyfriend David Boyd.

Boyd is a singer in the band New Politics. We can only assume that the baby is literally living her best life with these two as parents.

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9. She doesn't share images of her daughter's face, but we know that she's repping México por siempre.

"Mi pequeñita," she shared in a caption. Viva México! We low key stan celebrities who are all about protecting the identity of their babies. There is no reason why the world has to see the faces of their little ones. Some things should just be kept private.

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10. The new parents have been together for five years. 

The two had been together for three years by the time they announced their pregnancy, and make a very happy family together. "Happy Father's Day, muffin," Serratos captioned this sweet post. We stan this couple and wish them so much happiness. They seem super happy together and everyone deserves this kind of happiness.

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11. All we know is their baby's name probably starts with a letter "W."

They both have referred to her as "W" in Instagram captions, but most often, they just use her pronouns. Whatever her name, a lot of celebrities have been hiding the names and faces of their young children and it might be for the best.

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12. After haters left comments on an image of Serratos breastfeeding her baby, she told them to "suck her left tit."

"This is my body and my page," she shared in another post. "So I will post what I want, when I want. Those who disapprove can suck my left tit. ???? #workingmom #chill" There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding. In fact, it is a natural part of life and motherhood. Shaming someone for breastfeeding is just wrong in the 21st century.

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13. Serratos has come out as a "spicy child."

Caption: "#tbt me and ash. I was a spicey child. Showing off the shoulder." And spicy children she shall make. There is no way she would be as big as she is now in Hollywood had she not been gifted with the Latino spiciness that helps us all thrive.

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14. Serratos is obsessed with her dog.

You'll be sure to get your fair share of "poodle porn" when you follow @christianserratos on Instagram. It is almost impossible not to fall in love with her little furbaby. You can always trust people who are kind to animals.

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15. Serratos is an animal activist and has even posed naked for PETA in anti-fur ads.

"I've always been opposed to slaughtering, eating, wearing carcass. It's just always seemed gross to me," she tells the world in a PETA advert. "If I were wearing fur, I would be wearing carcass. It's as simple as that." Good for you, Serratos.

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16. She's proud to be vegan, and tours Los Angeles local farm sanctuaries whenever she can.

In fact, she's even donated her time to raise money for Gentle Barn by auctioning off a Christian Serratos-led tour of the sanctuary. Her love for all things breathing and covered in fur is truly a sweet lesson for all of the kids out there. There is a way to be kind to animals and not overdo it by obsessively telling people. Serratos has found a way.

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17. Serratos has even toured the Project Chimps sanctuary which helps rescue and rehabilitate chimps used for entertainment.

"This is Buttercup and she's one of many chimps enjoying their new and improved life," she captioned this photo. Seeing chimps mistreated is just heartbreaking. They are some of the smartest animals on the planet and to treat them with such disregard is an injustice to the animal they are.

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18. Serratos is a Virgo through and through.

She was born on September 21st, 1990, and is 28 years old. Virgos are known for being sensitive angels, which may contribute to her obvious empath status. If you don't know what we mean yet, keep reading.

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19. Serratos's was on track to become an Olympic figure skater.

She started figure skating when she was just three years old, and progressively became more competitive. Her coaches wanted to see her go to the Olympics, but she says she skates just for fun now. Like all entertainers, she just had too much talent to stay still and her drive pushes her career today.

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20. Today, she enjoys archery.

Serratos took lessons for her role as Rosita on "The Walking Dead." There is one thing for sure. If there is ever a zombie apocalypse, you definitely want to have Serratos are your camp. She will be there to defend and protect all of those who are blessed with being on her good side.

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21. By the time Serratos was seven years old, she had signed with Ford Modeling Agency.

Though Serratos swears by her captions that her number one passion has always been eating. It is just proof that models can eat. In fact, they should eat. Eating makes people happy. Happiness is captured on camera. People buy things that make them feel happy. Solid marketing strategy.

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22. Serratos is obsessed with Disney.

This isn't something that is unique. Most people are obsessed with Disney. The amount of money they make every year across the globe proves that most people who breathe are obsessed with Disney. See? She is just like us.

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23. She's so obsessed, that her "The Walking Dead" costars knew exactly what type of birthday cake to get her.

Call her Instagram a Disneyland fan page, and she'd be here for it. Now, when will we see her make a cross over to play a role in the Disney cinematic universe? Perhaps we just have to patiently wait.

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24. Serratos played Suzie Crabgrass in Nickelodeon's "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide."

She dated Ned and was a grade A nerd. Truly one of the most iconic shows from our youth. Yet, who remembered her playing the love interest of the lead role?

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25. She also appeared in The Black Keys "Howlin' For You" music video.

Message: Don't mess with Serratos. She is a badass and is not afraid to let everyone know just how powerful she can be. Who doesn't want a daughter who can take care of herself in any situation?

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26. She was a very cute Abominable Snowman as a child.

Latina moms are savage. However, we cannot look away from this sweet #tbt. Just look at those chubby cheeks. Who could resist dressing up that baby as the abominable snowman?

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27. Baby Serratos was also in an episode of "Hannah Montana."

In the episode, she played a young girl named Alexa. Seems like Serratos was always destined for a life in entertainment. She has had a role in just about every iconic show from our childhoods.

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28. She also was in the pilot episode for "American Horror Story: Murder House."

In it, she played a very "Mean Girls"esque girl named Becca. Of course, it was totally needed for the storyline and we completely forgive her for being such a horrible person on the show.

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29. Serratos was ranked at No. 65 on Maxim's "Hot 100" list for 2010.

That is one exciting moment for any woman's career. While women should not be objectified, there is nothing wrong in basking in the light of being called one of the hottest people in the world. It is something that most people secretly want to be a part of.

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30. In the March 2015 issue of Playboy, she was featured in the "After Hours" section.

This one goes out to the abuelas who hate on Playboy. So many famous women have graced the pages of Playboy. Those are usually the most talked-about moments for the magazine. Not too shabby, Serratos.