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(1997)

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At the end of the film, when archive footage of Selena is shown, there are shots of fans mourning her and holding pictures of the actual Selena.
To prepare for her role, Jennifer Lopez lived with Selena's family
Jackie Guerra wanted the part of Selena's sister, Suzette, so badly that she lied at her audition, saying that she was an experienced drummer, when in fact she had never played the drums. After her inexperience was finally revealed, Selena's real sister Suzette gave her private lessons.
In the scene where Chris Perez (played by Jon Seda) first appears, the close up of his hands playing the guitar are in fact the hands of the real Chris Perez.
When 'Jennifer Lopez' signed on to be Selena, she expected to be providing her own vocals. But it was felt that since the movie would be released so soon after Selena's death her fans would not approve of hearing any voice other than hers. So Lopez was coached to lip-sync instead of being provided the vocal coaching she expected.
'Jennifer Lopez' became the highest paid Latina in Hollywood history by playing Selena, earning a then-unheard of, $1,000,000.
The studio where "I Could Fall In Love" is recorded in the movie, is Studio A in Q-Productions, where Selena actually recorded her English Album.
Jennifer Lopez and Constance Marie play mother and daughter, when in real life, they are only four years apart.
The Houston Astrodome concert scene was actually filmed at the San Antonio Alamadome and 35,000 extras were not paid but actually given coupons for free Coke product.
Film used approximately 64,000 fans/extras, especially in the case of the stadium scene.
More than 20,000 girls auditioned for the roles of Selena at different ages.
54-year-old actress Lupe Ontiveros plays Yolanda Saldivar, who was only 34-years-old at the time of Selena's death.
Salma Hayek was considered for the role of Selena, but she refused because she wanted to play Frida Khalo (in Frida (2002)) and did not wish to play two different Mexican heroines.
Among the actresses considered to play the title role were Leticia Miller, an unknown who bore a striking resemblance to Selena, and Bibi Gaytán, a Mexican soap opera actress (coincidentally, Selena had guest-starred on a soap opera Gaytán starred in, called "Dos mujeres, un camino").
Selena's historic Houston Astrodome concert was recreated at the San Antonio Alamodome.
The Mexico scene was filmed at the main branch of the San Antonio Library downtown.
Almost the entire cast (Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Constance Marie, and Lupe Ontiveros) previously starred together in directory Gregory Nava's 1995 film "My Family."
The part in the movie when Chris and Selena are walking on the pier together, was shot in Aransas Pass, Texas at an old company called "Gulf King".
Jennifer Lopez accepted her then boyfriend, Ojani Noa's engagement at the wrap party for the Selena movie at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio.
In the movie selena Jennifer Lopez and Jacob vargas play the children of Edward James Olmos and Constance Marie but in the movie my family my Familia they play the younger versions of there parents
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La carcacha was her first home made music video
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Despite being 46 days younger than Jackie Guerra, Constance Marie plays her mother.
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Jacob Vargas previously appeared in Get Shorty (1995). Jennifer Lopez later starred in Out of Sight (1998). Both films are adaptations of Elmore Leonard novels.
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Constance Marie, who played Selena's mother, originally auditioned for the title role.
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