'Selena: The Series' Part 2 Full Cast List: Meet Christian Serratos, Ricardo Chavira and rest of the cast of Netflix biopic
Seidy Lopez, who plays Selena's mother, played Selena's friend in the 1997 J-Lo movie
The second installment of 'Selena: The Series' charts Selena's stratospheric rise to superstardom and the challenges, both professional and personal, that come along with it. Playing an icon like Selena, who still lives on so vibrantly in the minds of her fans more than two decades after her death, is quite a task. Not surprisingly, the star of 'Selena: The Series' Christian Serratos found it 'nerve wracking' to say the least. To find out more about the challenges of portraying real life characters in 'Selena: The Series', let's meet the cast.
Christian Serratos as Selena
It was never going to be easy casting another Selena after Jennifer Lopez's groundbreaking performance, but nevertheless after an exhaustive casting process, Serratos finally landed the role. About her performance in the second installment of the series, Serratos in an interview to Oprah mag said, "The first part was nerve-racking because there was less footage for me to base my performance on. But at the same time it was more relaxed, because I got more liberty. People don’t know that version of Selena very much. Our second part we’re going to see a lot more of the icon. I had a lot more to base the performance on—but it was nerve-racking because people know that Selena so well. There was added pressure.”
Serratos also kept true to Selena in another crucial way and even did her own hair and makeup like Selena herself did.
Ricardo Chavira as Abraham Quintanilla
Ricardo Chavira plays Selena's father Abraham Quintanilla in 'Selena: The Series'. Chavira is of course most recognisable for his role as Carlos Solis on the hit show 'Desperate Housewives'. It was a role that not just got him critical acclaim with three ALMA Awards nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, but also led to him being listed on the '50 Most Beautiful' list in People en Español, and one of 'TV's Sexiest Men' by TV Guide. Following his hit run on 'Desperate Housewives', he reunited with co-star Eva Longoria on her short lived sitcom 'Telenovela' but went onto have better luck with guest roles on shows such as 'Scandal', 'Jane the Virgin' and 'Santa Clarita Diet'. His film roles include 'Days of Wrath', 'Saving God' and 'Piranha 3D'.
Seidy López as Marcella Quintanilla
Seidy Lopez plays Selena's mother Marcella Quintanilla. Lopez is perhaps best known for her stunning debut in the critically acclaimed 'Mi Vida Loca'. Interestingly Seidy also had a role in 1997 movie 'Selena' in which she played Selena's friend Deborah! She is also known for her roles in Showtime's 'Resurrection Boulevard' and 'The Elián González Story' for the Fox Family Channel. Seidy recently directed her first film 'American Born'.
Gabriel Chavarria as AB Quintanilla III
Gabriel Chavarria stars as Selena's brother AB, an accomplished musician in his own right. Chavarria initially was set to become a professional soccer player, but his path would change when the casting for 'Freedom Writers' took place. Gabriel was playing basketball at a local park where auditions for the Hilary Swank starrer were being held. He was persuaded to audition and then went on to land his debut role. Since then Chavarria has gone onto star in films such as 'War For The Planet Of The Apes' and 'Lowriders' which garnered Chavarria an Imagen Award nomination for Best Actor in a feature film. Besides this Chavarria is known for his roles on series such as 'The Purge' and the Emmy nominated 'East Los High'.
Jesse Posey as Chris Pérez
Jesse Posey plays Chris Perez, Selena's husband and guitarist. Jesse Posey comes from quite the Hollywood family. He is the son of actor and writer John Posey and the younger brother of actor Tyler Posey. Like his co-star Chavarria, Jesse's first love is the world of sport, namely baseball, Jesse believes that his sporting discipline comes in handy in the world of showbusiness as well. 'Selena: The Series' is a breakout role for Posey who has previously worked more in a producing capacity.
Noemi Gonzalez as Suzette Quintanilla
Noemi Gonzalez plays Suzette Quintanilla, Selena's sister, best friend and drummer. Noemi like her co-star Gabriel Chavarria also starred on 'East Los High'. She is also known for her role as Mia Rosales on 'The Young and the Restless' from 2018 to 2019. Besides this Gonzalez has also appeared in projects such as 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' and 'The Tax Collector'.
Who are the other stars?
The other stars of the second installment of 'Selena: The Series' include Hunter Reese Peña, Julio Macias, Carlos Alfredo Jr and Natasha Perez.
'Selena: The Series' was created by Moises Zamora with Donn Todd consulting. The series is executive produced by Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Hiromi Kamata, Suzette Quintanilla, Simran A. Singh and Moises Zamora. Catch the trailer of the second installment of 'Selena:The Series' below; it premieres on Netflix on May 4.