Jennifer Lopez talked about Selena Quintanilla on the 24th anniversary of her death. Lopez played the iconic role in the movie Selena released in 1997.
Lopez appeared on Apple Music’s Beats 1 show to talk about the singer, saying, “It was a beautiful time in my life and it taught me so much about life. I was young, I was 26 when I played Selena. I didn’t realize, at the time, the responsibility that I had, all I wanted to do was do her memory and that moment justice.”
Lopez said that she went as far as moving in with Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla and sleeping in the legendary singer’s bed to prepare better. She explained, “I soaked up everything, I watched every interview that I could. I slept in her bed at home. I talked to the whole family. I spent time with them. It can be melancholy and beautiful at the same time.”
Lopez also said, “It was a beautiful time in my life and it taught me so much about life. Life is fragile. She taught me so much on how to navigate this business because I played it in the movie”. J Lo also talked about how she was seriously pushed to pursue a musical career after her role in the 1997 movie, saying it was a “beautiful blessing for my life on so many levels.”
Lopez is now starring in the upcoming movie Hustlers, in which she appears alongside Cardi B and a number of other actresses. Talking about the movie, she said, “You have to really dig into the reality of what it really is. You can’t just surface it… What it’s about is playing the role as authentically as I can, it’s just like when I was playing Selena.”
She continued, “I was so in it when I was playing Selena back then. I feel the same way about playing [Ramona]. I’m going to play this persona, and do it in the best way that I know how. I’m going to learn everything about that life and that mentality that I can to play it as authentically as I can.”
Hustlers releases in 2020.