In the 16 years since Selena was released, we've watched it at least 100 times. The movie is an iconic part of Latino history and culture, and...well, let's be honest, no one can resist the urge to yell "Selenas!" anytime someone mentions watching the flick.
Last time we watched the film, we couldn't help but wonder: What happened to the hottie that played Selena's esposo, Chris Perez?
From Jon Seda to Edward James Olmos, we've got all the facts on what happened to the cast of Selena:
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Jennifer Lopez: Selena Quintanilla
Jennifer Lopez’s career was launched when she was chosen to play Selena in the biopic about the infamous tejano singer. In the years that followed, JLo exploded. In 2001, she became the first person to have a number one album (J. Lo) and number one film (The Wedding Planner) in the same week. These days, the successful actress, singer, and businesswomen is also a wonderful mamá to two lovely twins, Max and Emme. It’s hard to believe she accomplished so much in just 16 years!
Lupe Ontiveros: Yolanda Saldivar
Although she played the villain in Selena, Lupe Ontiveros was an iconic Latina actress whom everybody seemed to love. From As Good As It Gets to Real Women Have Curves, she delighted audiences with her honest, frank portrayal of Latina matriarchs until her death in July 2012. The Mexican actress kept busy after the 1997 release of Selena, appearing in The Brothers Garcia, Los Americans, and Desperate Housewives, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination. At the age of 69, Ontiveros passed away, after a battle with liver cancer.
Constance Marie: Marcela Quintanilla
Selena’s mamá, Marcela, was played by Mexican-American actress Constance Marie. Since taking on the role of Marcela, Marie has starred in movies like Tortilla Soup, and in shows such as Early Edition, For Your Love, American Family, and Switched at Birth. And...of course, Constance Marie played Angie Lopez, George Lopez’s lovable wife, on the popular series the George Lopez Show.
Edward James Olmos: Abraham Quintanilla
The prolific actor played Selena’s padre, Abraham, in the 1997 movie. Since then, he’s starred in a variety of television shows and films, including American Family, Battlestar Galactica, and Dexter. The 66-year-old actor, who’s been in the business for nearly four decades, said his latest role in the flick Go For Sisters is his “best performance ever.” Olmos plays an ex-detective who helps a woman whose son has suddenly gone missing at the Mexican border.
Jacob Vargas: A.B. Quintanilla
The actor who played Selena’s older brother has achieved critical success for his roles on the big screen. In 2000, Vargas starred as Manolo Sanchez in the hit movie Traffic, which won four Oscars, including Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (for fellow Latino, Benicio del Toro), and Best Writing. He also had small roles in Devil, Jarhead, and the TV series Sons of Anarchy.
In 2014, he will appear as Richard Chavez, the younger brother of Cesar Chavez, in the biopic Chavez. The movie is directed by Diego Luna and co-stars Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson, and America Ferrera.
Jon Seda: Chris Perez
Selena’s amor, Chris Perez, was played by Puerto Rican actor Jon Seda. From 1997 to 1999, he played Paul Falsone on the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street. Since then, he’s taken on roles on Third Watch and Treme, among other TV shows. Currently, he plays Detective Antonio Dawson on the popular NBC series Chicago Fire.
Jackie Guerra: Suzette Quintanilla
The actress behind Selena’s sister, Suzette, hasn’t done much acting in the 15 years since the movie was released. In 2000, Guerra appeared in Picking Up The Pieces, a widely panned comedy starring Woody Allen. A few years later, she joined the cast of of the critically-acclaimed PBS series American Family, which co-starred her Selena buddies, Constance Marie and Edward James Olmos. Most recently, the Mexican-American comedian lost a whopping 170 pounds, and transformed herself into a beauty and weight-loss expert for The Tyra Banks Show.