SELENA: The Series Part 2 has been released on Netflix, retelling the late singer’s rise to success.
It can be streamed on Netflix following its drop on May 4, 2021.
Who is in the cast of Netflix’s Selena: The Series Part 2?
Christian Serratos as Selena
Christian, 30, is best known for playing Rosita Espinosa in The Walking Dead.
Speaking to EW, she said about Selena: “When I was younger, I remember hearing her music in the house.
“When I got older, YouTube became a big thing and I discovered this video of her performing ‘Que Creias.’
“Whenever I would talk about Selena, that was the video I showed every one of her.
“I was able to perform that song on the show, and I was so nervous and so excited!
Madison Taylor Baez will play Selena at a younger age.
Ricardo Chavira as Abraham Quintanilla
You might recognise Ricardo from Desperate Housewives, a show he starred in for over eight years.
He’s also performed in Piranha 3D and Narco Soldiers.
In 2019 he spoke out against Desperate Housewives and the racial injustices he claimed to have experienced on set.
Seidy López as Marcella Quintanilla
Seidy starred in the original 1997 biopic of Selena’s life.
Since then, she’s been in Training Day, Shameless, American Family, Mi Vida Loca and CSI.
She is a Mexican-American actress and director.
Gabriel Chavarria as A.B. Quintanilla
Gabriel is an American-Hispanic actor.
He’s starred in The Purge, Lowriders and War For The Planet of Apes, but is best known for East Los High.
Speaking to ET Online, he shared that his upbringing was made difficult by financial struggle.
He said: “The struggle was real. We were poor. We lived in Section 8 housing, going from one housing project to the next.
“But, it didn’t matter where we lived. To me, what was important was how life was inside our home. I was a happy and joyful kid.”
Juan Martinez will play the same character but younger.
Noemi Gonzalez as Suzette Quintanilla
Noemí is a 32 year old American actress.
She acted in The Young and the Restless and East Los High, as did Gabriel.
Daniela Estrada will play a younger Suzette.
Other actors appearing in the series in smaller roles include:
- Julio Macias as Pete Astudillo
- Jesse Posey as Chris Pérez
- Hunter Reese Peña as Ricky Vela
- Carlos Alfredo Jr. as Joe Ojeda
- Paul Rodriguez as Roger Garcia
- Erika Buenfil as Cristina Saralegui
- David Fernandez Jr. as David Kramer
- Eric ‘Rico’ Aragon as José Behar
- Mark Atkinson as Denny, Selena’s manager
- Oscar Avila as Manny Guerra
- David Barrera as Hector
- Casey Tutton as Jilly
- Luis Bordonada as Johnny Canales
Are Selena’s father Abraham and sister Suzette involved?
Forbes reported back in 2018 that Selena’s family were fully involved in the creation of the Netflix series.
Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., her sister Suzette Quintanilla and the family’s attorney Simran A. Singh were executive producers on the show.
But now the family are being potentially sued, along with Netflix.
Hollywood producer Moctesuma Esparza, who produced a 1997 biopic of the singer, argues that a deal made in 1995 means he should have the rights to any future series or films on Selena’s life.
Esparza said he was “shocked” when he saw in 2018 that Netflix had the rights to this new series about Selena and has said he’ll attempt to sue them.
What is Selena: The Series about?
Selena: The Series is a biographical drama charting the life and career of singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.
There were nine episodes in the first part of the series which released on Netflix on December 4, 2020, and nine more were released in the second instalment on May 4, 2021.
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Selena grew up poor and her dad ‘discovered’ her singing talent, which later brought her fame.
Tragically she was murdered at the age of 23.
Some critics have expressed their disappointment in the new series, saying that it focuses heavily on Selena’s father and brother at the detriment of doing Selena’s memory justice.