Jennifer Lopez, 52, looks very different in interview from 1997 when she was on Oprah to chat up Selena which has turned 25
Jennifer Lopez is celebrating the film that helped catapult her into superstardom.
Selena was released 25 years ago and the multi-faceted artist is sharing video on Instagram from an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show promoting the biopic.
She looked very different on the talk show with shorter hair and thinner eyebrows.
‘What a very special day … we’re celebrating 25 years of SELENA!’ Lopez said in her Instagram caption. ‘Today we celebrate and honor Selena’s legacy and music. This movie means so much to me … Selena and her family mean so much to me, and I was so lucky to be chosen to play her.’
The way she was: Jennifer Lopez seen talking up the film Selena on Oprah in 1997
Such a change: In 1997 Jennifer had thinner eyebrows and a shorter, flirtier haircut. On the right the siren is seen with fuller eyebrows and longer hair in February
She added, ‘I’ll never forget this time in my life and it’s an honor as an artist to have been part of the magic that is this movie.’
Selena Quintanilla Pérez was a groundbreaking Mexican-American artist who shook up the music world with her songs.
The Baila Esta Cumbia singer was called The Queen of Tejano after breaking through that musical glass ceiling.
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Breakthrough artist: Selena was a breakthrough artist. The Mexican-American singer focused on Tejano music, and had trouble making a name for herself in the male-dominated genre. She was murdered by an obsessed fan in 1995 at the age of 23.
Until Selena came on the scene, Tejano was a male dominated genre. Her career began to soar after the release of her self-titled first album, Selena, and her music continued to top the charts. The late singer earned a Grammy Award for Live! in 1994.
Tragically, the Como la Flor artist was murdered March 31, 1995 by the head of the Selena fan club, who had become obsessed with her. Selena was only 23.
JLo had acted in films and television prior to the release of Selena on March 21, 1997, and was relatively unknown at the time, but beat thousands of young women to win the role.
On Oprah: The Let’s Get Loud singer appeared on The Oprah Winfrey show in March 1997 to promote the film
Nerve wracking: Selena’s family traveled to the movie set every day. JLo said at the time is was ‘nerve wracking, but having them there and having them care about the project was a beautiful thing for me’; here is one of Selena’s family members in the Oprah audience
Proud papa: Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, served as her manager during her lifetime and works to keep her legacy alive in books, music and film
A family in mourning: Selena is survived by her parents, Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla, as well as her brother AB and sister Suzette. The family has worked to keep her music alive. Abraham, AB and Suzette are executive producers on the Netflix series Selena: The Series
In the Oprah clip on Instagram the singer shares how she prepared for the role by listening to Selena’s music.
‘I was working on another movie at the time and in my trailer was music all day, videos all day just to really absorb who she was,’ she said.
Selena’s family traveled to the movie set every day to oversee production. The late singer’s parents Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla and sister Suzette also appeared on the episode.
‘It was tough,’ admitted the then 27-year-old actress, ‘but I knew I had a tough road ahead of me, from the second I got the role it was non-stop,’ adding, ‘it was nerve-wracking, but having them there and having them care about the project was a beautiful thing for me and I feel enriched by having them involved.’
Breakthrough performance: In looking back the role that catapulted her career, Jennifer wrote, ‘This movie means so much to me … Selena and her family mean so much to me, and I was so lucky to be chosen to play her’; here is Lopez as Selena
Inspiration: Selena earned more than $35 million at the box office. In her Instagram post the star wrote, ‘I’ll never forget this time in my life and it’s an honor as an artist to have been part of the magic that is this movie’
The Film: Jennifer shared the screen with Edward James Olmos, Constance Marie and Jacob Vargas in the biopic about the murdered singer. She earned $1million for the role, the first Latina actress to do so
Selena went on to earn more than 35 million dollars at the box office. The late singer’s story was retold in Selena: The Series on Netflix, starring Christian Serratos in the title role.
The Dreaming of You artists was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 2021.
Since that breakthrough performance, JLo has broken through her own glass ceilings.
She earned $1million for the part, becoming the first Latina actress to do so. The performance also earned the headliner her first Golden Globe nomination for best actress.
Since then, the Marry Me star’s career has been on skyward trajectory with multiple platinum albums and movie roles in front of and behind the camera. The now 52-year-old actress is currently starring in and producing The Godmother, based on the life of a Colombian drug lord.
Happy these days: Lopez wit Ben Affleck at the red carpet of the movie The Last Duel during the 78th Venice International Film Festival in 2021 in Venice, Italy
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