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Christian Serratos from ‘Walking Dead’ Cast as Selena Quintanilla, Will She Live up to J.Lo?

By Gabriela Silva

The Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla will be portrayed by 'Walking Dead' actor Christian Serratos. Serratos is known for playing Rosita Espinosa in the popular zombie show. Now, she will adorn a different look like the famous singer who could rock any look, even a sparkly purple jumpsuit and had captivating vocals.

Netflix announced the drama, 'Selena: The Series' , will air in two major parts starting in 2020. The series will contain six one-hour-long episodes in its first half.

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Along with Serratos, she will be joined by Gabriela Chavarria who will portray Selena’s older brother, A.B. Ricardo Chavira from 'Desperate Housewives' will play the family patriarch Abraham Quintanilla.

The series will follow Selena and her family as she grows into her singing career, talents and figures out life for herself. Viewers will see the hard decisions and choices the family has to make in order to deal with the music industry, as well as the struggles the family endures.


Selena Quintanilla is one of the most popular Latin artists of her time and it still holds true today. Selena became the number one singer on the radio in thousands of Hispanic homes.

She is one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers. She started singing at a young age in the band ‘Selena y Los Dinos’ alongside her older siblings A.B. and Suzette Quintanilla. Although born into a Mexican family, she did not speak Spanish and learned through singing and as her career started to flourish.


Like any young woman, Selena fell in love with her guitarist Chris Perez. They had to hide their relationship from her father but later married. Selena became an icon on stage and on the charts, as well as in the fashion world.

On March 31st, 1995, Selena was murdered and died at the age of twenty-three. Her manager, Yolanda Saldivar shot Selena in a motel room in Corpus Christi, Texas after being caught embezzling money from Selena’s fan club and boutique.

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Selena’s story has previous on-screen adaptation with the film 'Selena' in 1997 with Jennifer Lopez portraying the role. Jennifer’s representation of the Selena caught the hearts of viewers and became the role that Jennifer was known for.

Jennifer embodied the charismatic, full of life and talented young women that became a staple in Hispanic homes. Jennifer was even nominated for best actress at the Golden Globes and won outstanding actress in a feature film at the ALMA Awards.

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