Jennifer Lopez celebrates 24th year of ‘Selena’ movie

Published March 22, 2021, 11:30 PM

by Robert Requintina

Jennifer Lopez

Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez reflected on the hard work she put on the movie “Selena” as she celebrated the movie that catapulted her into stardom 24 years ago.

“I can’t believe it’s been 24 years since the release of Selena. I’m so proud of this movie!!! So proud to be a small part of Selena’s amazing legacy.

“When I was preparing for the role, I studied her tirelessly, her every step, her finger movements, her lips … her infectious laugh…her expressions.

“Once it was time to be her in the movie and we were filming the big Houston Astrodome scene. I did the first take and after it Edward James Olmos who played Selena’s father, an amazing and powerful actor came to me and said, “you’ve done your homework, now just let it go…just let everything go…” 

“So I did and just did my thing… the rest is what you see in the movie!! 

“Thank you Selena!! Thank you Greg Nava, thank you Abraham, Marcella, Suzette and AB for trusting me…and all the actors and everyone involved in this life changing experience… I love you all!!” Lopez said on Instagram March 22.

In 1998, Lopez earned nominations at the Golden Globes and MTV Movie and TV Awards for her role in the tragic biopic where she played the “Queen of Tejano Music” who made a successful crossover from Latin to mainstream music.

Among Selena’s English hits include “I Could Fall In Love” and “Dreaming of You.”