Why Is Christian Serratos Not The Best Choice To Play Selena Quintanilla In ‘Selena: The Series’?
It’s been almost two and a half decades since Selena Quintanilla, the legendary Mexican-American singer, was fatally shot by a once-trusted accomplice. There have been attempts to keep her legacy alive since her death, not only through her music but also through the creation of her biographical show and film.
Netflix is also planning to create a series based on the life of the “Queen of Tejano music” in 2020. The first season of the planned show Selena: The Series will premiere in 2020, although no specific date has been selected. On November 12, 2019, the streaming service sent out a tweet.
Madison Taylor Baez, a kid actor, and singer, will play a younger version of the titular heroine. Meanwhile, Christian Serratos, who plays a mature Selena, remains the focus of attention.
Some people liked the trailer for Selena: The Series, but others question whether Serratos is the ideal option for the role of the Latina singer.
Why is Christian Serratos not the best choice for the role of Selena?
Biopic parts are difficult to come by in the acting industry. They are usually given out based on a person’s similarity to historical personalities. If this is not the case, only someone with a proven track record will be considered for the position.
A biopic role also comes with a lot of baggage. Fans expect the performing actor to not only honor the historical significance of the role but also to accept responsibility for the entire production staff and cast if something goes wrong.
Serratos, on the other hand, is a skilled actress who has starred in films such as The Twilight Saga, Cow Belles, Flight 7500, and The Walking Dead. She has a solid track record as a television actress.
She has, however, never been in a biographical film or television show.
Also, some differences between the actress and her biographical part Selena Quintanilla may play a role in the story of those Selena The Series fans who don’t like Serrato’s selection.
Christian Serratos and Selena Quintanilla’s Distinctive Characteristics
Christian Serratos is significantly older than Selena Gomez.
Given that Selena was just 23 years and 11 months old when she died on March 31, 1995, Christian Serratos, who will be 30 on September 21, 2020, may not be able to relate to the late singer’s nostalgic stage of life — either as a late adolescent or as a young adult.
Tejano singer Christian Serratos (LEFT) Selena Quintanilla is a Mexican actress (Right)
Jennifer Lopez and Maya Zapata previously played the renowned musical figure in the 1997 film Selena and Telemundo’s Spanish-language series El secreto de Selena (2018), respectively. Lopez was 28 at the time of the film’s release, while Maya was 37 at the time of the show’s premiere.
As a result, it may be considered prejudiced to single out Serratos because of her age; nonetheless, I’m not claiming that Jennifer Lopez or Maya Zapata were better options.
My point is that Selena should have been played by someone who was a true representation of Selena in real life. After all, the prominent Latin performer of the 1990s was known for her fiery attitude, scorching sarcasm, and controversial undertakings.
Christian Serratos is not of the same ethnicity as Selena Gomez.
Selena Quintanilla-Perez, the singer of Amor Prohibido, was of mixed heritage, including Mexican and Native American origins. Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., is of Mexican ancestry, while her mother, Marcella Samora, is Cherokee.
Christian Serratos, on the other hand, is half-Mexican but does not have Native American ancestry.
Serratos’ role may not be only judged on the basis of his ethnicity. Nonetheless, it contributes to the controversy about whether an actor of a different ethnicity should be cast in an ethnic-specific role.
Some say she looks more like Jennifer Lopez than Selena Gomez.
Serratos has been accused of looking more like Jennifer Lopez from the Selena film than the real-life singer. “This seems like an actor playing Jennifer Lopez acting as Selena,” one fan said of the official teaser for Selena: The Series.
Another admirer made a similar remark, saying, “She looks like Jennifer Lopez, not Selena.” “I understand Jennifer played Selena in the movie, but you guys are creating a movie on Selena, not Jennifer,” she said.
Many others have made similar claims on social media and in forums.
The Most Significant Distinction in Appearance
In comparison to Christian Serratos, Selena (left) has a curvier figure (right) (Images courtesy of Arlene Richie/Media Sources, Getty Images, and Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America.)
Although Christain Serratos (1.7 m) and Selena Quintanilla (1.65 m) are of similar height, their body orientation appears to differ slightly.
Fans argue that Serratos appears leaner and slimmer than Quintanilla, who was known for wearing tight clothing that accentuated her curves and lower body.
Serratos has a banana body type, according to Bodymeasurement.com, but Quintanilla has a pear-shaped physique.
Serratos is a three-year-old mother.
The Walking Dead actress is married to David Boyd, a Danish singer. Wolfgang Serratos Boyd, the couple’s first child, was born in 2017.
Quintanilla was married to her Mexican-American guitarist spouse Chris Perez, although the couple never had children, probably because of Tejanp’s hectic singing and modeling career. Because the singer’s father did not approve of Perez, the couple eloped and married in their early twenties.
Will Serratos be able to live up to the role?
To recap, Serratos’ life is devoid of the turmoil that surrounded Quintanilla prior to and after her ascent to stardom.
Still, we should give Serratos the benefit of the doubt and trust that she will work hard to bring the part to life. When Jennifer Lopez was cast as Selena in the 1997 historical musical drama film Selena, she was chastised. Lopez, on the other hand, was later praised for her portrayal of Selena.
Serratos’ participation in Selena: The Series is still unknown at this time. But, if that’s the case, at the very least, The Walking Dead actress has the ability to sing.
The Cast of ‘Selena: The Series
In 2019, the cast of the show was revealed. Ricardo Chavira plays Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanillam Jr., and Seidy Lopez plays her mother, Marcella Samora, in the upcoming historical drama web series. Selena’s husband Chris Perez will be played by Jesse Posey, her sister Suzette Quintanilla will be played by Noemi Gonzalez, and her brother A.B. Quintanilla III will be played by Gabriel Chavarria.