Christian Serratos Talks the Pressure to Portray Selena

Actress Christian Serratos isn’t immune from the pressure that’s looming over her upcoming portrayal of Selena in the Netflix reimagining of the late Tejano music icon’s life, aptly titled Selena: The Series.

During a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Serratos spoke about how she prepared for the once-in-a-lifetime role (also portrayed by a then newcomer, Jennifer Lopez, in the 1997 film depicting the singer’s life and untimely death).

“I felt so much pressure to be and bring Selena back to the screen,” Serratos told ET. “I know what an important role this is and I know how important it is for all her fans and her family, so I definitely worked really hard to try and be as honestly Selena as I could.”

Serratos shared that a major part of preparing for the role—even before she knew she had landed the part—was working with both dialect and singing coaches to perfect her take on the singer’s Texan dialect and booming voice.

“I had never had this much responsibility before, and I just wanted to use every resource that I could. So I started working with a dialect coach on my own before I had the job, which I think was really helpful,” explained Serratos. “I started working with my singing coach, who I love so much, Eric Vitro, before I booked the job, and he also helped me with the audition.”

Even though she also credited the performance scenes as being some of the toughest parts of the show to master, Serratos is ultimately proud of the series as a whole and can’t wait for fans to experience a new take on Selena’s life and legacy.

“I hope they see the hard work that we have put into it as a crew, and I hope they see the hard work that we have not gotten to see before from Selena,” said the actress. “I hope they see that it started at such a young age and that you can make a choice at a very young age to do whatever you want to do and you can do it.”

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