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Selena star Christian Serratos opens up about why she doesn’t sing in new Netflix series

Selena: The Series quickly shot to number one on Netflix after being released on Friday.

In the nine-part limited series, based on the Tejano singer’s family life and rise to fame, Christian Serratos plays the titular role, but she opted not to use her own singing voice.

And it turns out the actress, best known to many fans for her work on The Walking Dead, took a selfless approach to her reasoning to use Selena Quintanilla’s actual recordings for the biographical series.        

Revealing: Christian Serratos, 30, opened up about why she didn’t use her own singing voice for her role as Selena Quintanilla in Selena: The Series

In an interview for Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket, Serratos revealed that the role on the series was originally intended to have the lead actress sing the Mexican-American icon’s songs.

‘I recorded quite a few songs, and I think it was always supposed to be the actress singing but… I always wanted it to be Selena because I was such a fan,’ the 30-year-old actress confessed.

‘I think people were confused by that because I never wanted to be a pop star, but I always wanted to act in films where I got the opportunity to just sing.’

Artistic integrity: On her reason for not singing in the new Netflix series, Serratos took a selfless approach and revealed: 'It's not about me; it's never been about me... I don't want to hear me. I want to hear Selena'

Artistic integrity: On her reason for not singing in the new Netflix series, Serratos took a selfless approach and revealed: ‘It’s not about me; it’s never been about me… I don’t want to hear me. I want to hear Selena’

Much respect: The Walking Dead star also shared how she has been a huge fan of Selena

Much respect: The Walking Dead star also shared how she has been a huge fan of Selena

Icon's journey: The new series is based on the Tejano singer's family life and rise to fame

Icon’s journey: The new series is based on the Tejano singer’s family life and rise to fame

Serratos, a California native with Mexican and Italian descent, went on to share about how people encouraged her to take the opportunity to show off her singing chops. 

‘They were like, “Here’s your chance to show people you can sing.” I was like, “But it’s not about me; it’s never been about me.” I just want the fans to see their girl. I want them to see their girl. I don’t want to hear me. I want to hear Selena.’

In the 1997 film Selena, Jennifer Lopez stepped into the role, which ended up helping her break out as a leading lady in Hollywood, and she too did not do her own singing.  

Knowing the cultural impact Selena’s incredible story and music has had on fans, including herself, was among the reasons why Serratos was determined to land the role.   

‘I grew up loving Selena so much. She has crossed so many generations, and new generations are going to fall in love with her,’ she said before adding, ‘I know my daughter is going to be no different. So for my daughter to see that I played an iconic Mexican woman like her I think is really powerful.’       

Art imitating life: Selena Quintanilla's widowed husband Chris Pérez recently shared about the Latin music icon, and commented on the new series

Art imitating life: Selena Quintanilla’s widowed husband Chris Pérez recently shared about the Latin music icon, and commented on the new series

#1 on Netflix: The new series about the late Grammy winner's life shot to number one on Netflix after premiering on the streaming service on Friday

#1 on Netflix: The new series about the late Grammy winner’s life shot to number one on Netflix after premiering on the streaming service on Friday

His take:  Pérez shared the poster for the new series and some intimate thoughts about his time with Selena as her husband and bandmate in the caption

His take:  Pérez shared the poster for the new series and some intimate thoughts about his time with Selena as her husband and bandmate in the caption

In light of the premiere of the new series, Selena’s widowed husband Chris Pérez, who played guitar in her band until her tragic murder in 1995, opened up about the Latin music icon’s legacy.  

‘Alright so, here is my take on this. I loved her music even before I joined the band. I was intrigued by the fact that her brother [AB Quintanilla] had his name on everything as producer. Keyboard player Ricky Vela was my hero as far as musicianship goes,’ the 51-year-old wrote in an Instagram post on Friday.

‘Her dad [Abraham Quintanilla Jr] ran some amazing sound when I went to see them at an event in San Antonio. I learned so much by taking on their guitar player Roger Garcia’s parts and doing my best to stretch it even further.’

He added, ‘They had a girl drummer that laid it DOWN (Suzette really is a bada**). Joe [Ojeda] and Pete [Astudillo] brought the “extra” and added a whole other dimension PLUS Pete wrote amazing lyrics….and they sounded HEAVY.’  

Pérez appeared to give his seal of approval to the series when he concluded: ‘I will forever respect the band and the people involved in it. I hope you guys enjoy this series.’ 

Music icon: 'Alright so, here is my take on this. I loved her music even before I joined the band,' Pérez began in his Instagram post

Music icon: ‘Alright so, here is my take on this. I loved her music even before I joined the band,’ Pérez began in his Instagram post

Respect: The guitarist appeared to give his seal of approval for the series when he concluded: 'I will forever respect the band and the people involved in it. I hope you guys enjoy this series'

Respect: The guitarist appeared to give his seal of approval for the series when he concluded: ‘I will forever respect the band and the people involved in it. I hope you guys enjoy this series’

In the dark: Pérez commented on Posey's casting back in April, writing on Instagram: 'For the record, never met him, haven't seen the script, and I have NO idea what is going on.....but, I'd love to find out'

In the dark: Pérez commented on Posey’s casting back in April, writing on Instagram: ‘For the record, never met him, haven’t seen the script, and I have NO idea what is going on…..but, I’d love to find out’

Pérez joined their band Selena y Los Dinos as lead guitarist in 1989, which quickly sparked a secret romance with the young lead singer, against her father’s wishes.

After her dad kicked him out of the band, Pérez and Selena secretly eloped in April of 1992, He would eventually come around and welcome his daughter’s new husband into the family and back into the band. 

The couple were married for almost three years when she was shot to death by friend and employee Yolanda Saldívar in March of 1995.

Actor Jesse Posey portrays Pérez in the Netflix limited series, which was produced by Abraham and Suzette.

Young love: Pérez joined their band Selena y Los Dinos as lead guitarist in 1989, quickly sparking a secret romance with the young lead singer, against her father's wishes

Young love: Pérez joined their band Selena y Los Dinos as lead guitarist in 1989, quickly sparking a secret romance with the young lead singer, against her father’s wishes

Gone too soon: After her father kicked him out of the band, Pérez and Selena secretly eloped in April of 1992, and they were married until she was shot to death by friend and employee Yolanda Saldívar in March of 1995

Gone too soon: After her father kicked him out of the band, Pérez and Selena secretly eloped in April of 1992, and they were married until she was shot to death by friend and employee Yolanda Saldívar in March of 1995

‘For the record, never met him, haven’t seen the script, and I have NO idea what is going on…..but, I’d love to find out,’ Pérez said of Posey’s casting on Instagram back in April.

He recently told Austin 360 of the new show: ‘I’m not trying to not be a part of anything… At the end of the day, we all have our perspective on certain things and how things happened. I’ve put out everything I wanted to put out already. There’s not much more I want to say, and that’s the God-honest truth.’

The former Kumbia Kings member attempted to produce his own series in 2016, based on his memoir, To Selena, With Love, but was sued by Abraham over the rights, and the lawsuit was dismissed last year.

His words: Pérez attempted to produce his own series in 2016, based on his memoir To Selena, With Love, but was sued by Abraham over the rights, and the lawsuit was dismissed last year (pictured in November, 2017)

His words: Pérez attempted to produce his own series in 2016, based on his memoir To Selena, With Love, but was sued by Abraham over the rights, and the lawsuit was dismissed last year (pictured in November, 2017)




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