Christian Serratos

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Serratos — who embodies the late singer in the Netflix series, Selena — told PEOPLE that she has loved Quintanilla since she was a young girl.

“I’ve been listening to her since I was way below single digits. ‘Baila Esta Kumbia’ (the second single released on Quintanilla’s 1990 ‘Ven Conmigo’ album), that was my song as a baby. Then it became my karaoke song as a teenager. I’ve always looked up to and really admired her, but I never thought I would have the opportunity to play her.”

Serratos said of Quintanilla, “This woman was a pioneer. She was way before her time. Transitioning into mainstream pop music was not easy for a Mexican woman in the ‘80s, but she did it gracefully and with such strength. It’s something that I really look up to.”

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez was named after the “Como La Flor” singer because her parents were huge fans. As a fellow Texan, she was marked by Selena in many ways. She once recalled visiting her grave and getting emotional when she met the Quintanilla family and has paid tribute to the singer via her clothing.

Jennifer Lopez


Jennifer Lopez played the late Mexican singer in the movie Selena and felt a special connection with the reina of Tex Mex. “I felt she had a sense to live in the moment, that you’re not promised tomorrow,” Lopez told Billboard. “For me, that was the biggest lesson. That affected me in my life far more profoundly than the movie did in career terms.”

Jennifer Lopez

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The Puerto Rican actress performed Selena’s hits for a special tribute to the late singer at the 2015 Latin Billboard AwardsLopez was accompanied by Selena’s band, Los Dinos, and her brother, musician A.B. Quintanilla. “She is one of those very special types of artists that with her music, her spirit, her joy and her heart really touched people,” she told the Today show.

Demi Lovato

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Lovato, a longtime admirer of the Texan legend, wore a Selena-inspired purple jumpsuit on tour and dressed as the singer for Halloween. She listened to Selena’s music as a girl, telling HuffPost: “I was really young when she passed, so I didn’t know much about her until I got a little older, and when I saw the movie there was just some sort of connection. There is something about the movie that was really inspiring to me.”

Victoria ‘La Mala’ Ortiz

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Mexican singer Victoria ‘La Mala’ Ortiz has said: “If 2Pac and Selena had a child, it would be me. I have old school influences with a new spirit.”

Kacey Musgraves

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Musgraves made the Houston Rodeo crowd go wild by performing a cover of “Como La Flor” on the same stage where Quintanilla played her last show in 1995. “24 years ago Selena performed her last concert here,” Musgraves wrote in an Instagram Story. “It was a dream of mine to be able to pay my respects to her iconic legacy.”

Edward James Olmos

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Olmos played the singer’s father, Abraham, in the film Selena. “It was the saddest movie I’ve ever filmed, to be honest with you. I’ve never had a more difficult film to film,” Olmos told ET. “It was too close to the time when she was actually killed. It was only 13 months. Nobody wanted to film it. The parents didn’t. We didn’t. Nobody wanted to. We’d rather she be alive. But we had to.”

Eva Longoria

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