It’s been a long time since Jennifer Lopez represented the late Selena Quintanilla in Gregory Nava’s Selena, and just ET was on the set amid the making of the biopic in 1996.
The film, which garnered Lopez her first Golden Globe designation, turned into the main impetus behind her fruitful vocation. What’s more, after two decades, the adored vocalist keeps on lastingly affecting the Shades of Blue actress.
“It’s a hard role,” Lopez said at the time. “One of the hardest things was the accent. There’s just so many different things to the role, [including] the singing and dancing. She was such an incredible performer.”
“I’m not a singer,” she continued, explaining that the film used recordings of Selena’s songs for the project. “I haven’t performed as a singer. I’m a dancer.”
Selena was 23 years of age when she was shot and executed by one of her fan club workers, Yolanda Saldívar, in 1995. At the season of her passing, Selena was at the highest point of her vocation, having soared to the highest point of the Tejano diagrams with melodies like “Como La Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” and “Dreaming of You.” She won a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Album in 1993.
“Selena was such a great role model and she broke so many barriers,” Lopez said. “She did so much great stuff for the Latino community, and gave all these little girls somebody to look up to.”
“The movie in that sense can help in the same way, breaking down barriers in Hollywood [because] we’ve had so many problems getting good roles,” she continued. “For me, it’s such a blessing. It’s an honor to be able to do this.”
In January, ET made up for lost time with Lopez at the dispatch of her new shoe gathering with Giuseppe Zanotti, where she spouted about Selena’s legacy.
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“I honestly believe God sent me that role for a reason,” Lopez explained. “So, I could learn from her, and I could always have her as an inspiration. It’s just a great lesson to know you’re not promised tomorrow, and you have to love and live for today.”
“That character taught me so much about life,” she continued. “[She’ll always be an] inspiration and somebody to look to in my life, to help guide me on how to navigate this business.” Selena will be regarded with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.