Lopez portrays Selena, a well-known Tejano music star, in this biographical musical drama about her life and career. Selena is a beloved recording artist among Mexican-American and Hispanic communities in both the United States and Mexico, until she is murdered by the president of her fan club at the young age of 23. This is considered Lopez’s breakout role.
I just approached her like I do all my characters: research. Everything I could find on her: interviews, behind-the-scenes stuff, anything. Any little insight into her personality: how she acted differently in performance than she did in interviews, how her English interviews differed from her Spanish interviews… All sorts of shades that were important for me to get there.