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Although actor Christian Serratos, like many others, knows how Selena Quintanilla was tragically shot, filming her death wasn’t easier for the Netflix series “Selena”.
Serratos, who plays the late Tejano singer, spoke to Variety about the severity of the filming.
“I think it was very important for everyone to just show what was necessary. I think that’s the respectful thing,” said Serratos.
“This is not the story of a tragedy; it is the story of a wonderful, beautiful woman, and I think when you see her and you know what is happening, you are already emotionally struck, so it doesn’t have to be gratuitous,” added she added.
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Quintanilla was shot dead by the president of her fan club Yolanda Saldivar (played by Natasha Perez on the series) in March 1995. The singer was only 23 years old.
Serratos, who describes herself as a huge Selena fan, said: “It struck me like a ton of rocks that I followed in the footsteps of someone who wanted to experience something tragic.”
The biographical series not only examines the deceased singer’s rise to fame, from small on-site performances to one of the most successful Latin American artists of all time, but also how her family dynamics shaped her as a person and an artist.
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“I think it’s a family drama with a musical background,” Seidy López, who plays Selena’s mother – Marcella Quintanilla – previously told Fox News while promoting the series. “We were fortunate to have this series with the opportunity to tell you more about her story and the behind-the-scenes events that happened throughout her career and life.”
Noemí Gonzalez, who plays Selena’s sister and drummer Suzette, told Fox News she hoped the show would “give something back” to Selena. The pressure of the role was not lost on Gonzalez.
“It was really important to me,” she said to Fox. In fact, Gonzalez learned the drums for the role and has been a fan of Selena’s music her entire life.
“I’ve lost a sibling like [the family did]So I took care of her, “she said.” I had a strong connection with this family. ”
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López also shared what they would specifically ask Selena about if she was still alive today. “I want to make sure she knows that we did it with love and that we honor her and that we value the story,” she said.
Selena: The Series is currently streamed on Netflix.