Netflix may have found the face of its upcoming project, Selena: The Series. Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that actress Christian Serratos is in negotiations to star as the titular Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.
The show comes more than 20 years after the legendary singer’s death. In December 2018, Netflix greenlit and announced the straight-to-series project. The streaming company also revealed that Selena: The Series would be developed and executive produced alongside the Quintanilla family. The family, along with Selena fans, are sure to have impassioned opinions on who portrays the Grammy winner. Luckily, Serratos knows a thing or two about fan expectations. Here’s everything you need to know about her.
Serratos no stranger to a rabid fanbase
This won’t be the first time Serratos wades into the fandom waters. Currently, she can be seen as Rosita Espinosa on The Walking Dead. Serratos has been a part of the zombie series since the fourth season and THR reports that scheduling conflicts with the show’s Atlanta production could be the only thing keeping Netflix from an official casting announcement.
In a March interview with Entertainment Tonight, Serratos talked about what Walking Dead fans bring to the show. “I mean, this is a fan-driven franchise, so it’s amazing to see the fans, and they’re always so lovely,” Serratos said. “I’ve been really lucky to be a part of some projects that are really heavily fan-driven, so it’s kind of like, in me, it’s in the muscle, it really feeds my soul.”
Another franchise with a lot of fans? Twilight. Serratos played Forks High School student Angela Weber in five movies based on the hit novels.
Serratos has also popped up on major teen TV shows
In the early 2000s, she recurred on the Nickelodeon series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. Serratos played the titular character’s love interest and sometimes mean girl, Suzie Crabgrass.
She also stirred up drama on the fifth season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Raven. Serratos’ background with coming of age stories could prove helpful when playing Selena, who rose to prominence at a young age.
She’s talked about overcoming Latina stereotypes
In her ET interview, Serratos reflected on playing a dynamic Latina, based on a comic book character, on The Walking Dead. “I love holding it down for the Latinas,” she said. “It’s cool because, I don’t know, there’s a few, but there’s not many Latin women in comics and I think it’s probably a bucket list thing for me [to play her].“
Serratos spoke to MTV in 2015 about moving past Hispanic stereotypes in her work, although she disclosed that she’d one day like to play “somebody who is very famously Latina.” It seems that the actor’s chance will come sooner rather than later. Although there’s no official release date for the series, shooting begins in Mexico next month.