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If you’ve already binge-watched Selena: The Series (and why wouldn’t you?) and you know the backstory of Selena Quintanilla, then you also know the first nine episodes of Netflix's limited series focuses heavily on the early years of the Tejano singer's life.
The show gives fans of the "Queen of Tejano Music" new insight into Selena’s childhood and teenage years, her family relationships, and how her family’s band, Selena y Los Dinos, came together. But the first part ends before some really important events happened, like Selena's huge solo career and her secret elopement with bandmate Chris Pérez.
In fact, some of her bigger songs aren’t included in the series (yet!), and neither is Selena's tragic death at age 23.
But, good news for fans of the biographical drama: The rest of Selena's rise to Tejano music stardom—part two to the series—comes to Netflix so soon.
Selena: The Series part two premieres on May 4.
The second installment's ~official~ release date has moved up 10 whole days! Though fans speculated that part two would coincide with what would have been the singer’s 50th birthday in April, Netflix just confirmed that the new episodes will premiere on May 4, 2021.
The Youtube announcement included a trailer that will get your "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" movin'. "You heard her sing. Now you'll hear her voice. Part two of Selena: The Series comes to Netflix on May 4."
And fans don't have to worry about any delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, either. Part two has already been filmed, according to Selena herself, a.k.a. actress Christian Serratos' interview with the LA Times. Production on part one actually started in October 2019, she revealed to the publication.
The second season shows the height of Selena’s stardom.
Just to recap: Selena: The Series part one ended with the release of her album Ven Conmigo and getting all hot and heavy with her future husband, Chris Perez. It's likely that part two will focus on the release of Selena's first English-language album, which catapulted the singer to national acclaim.
"Our second part, we're going to see a lot more of the icon," Christian told O, the Oprah Magazine. "I had a lot more to base the performance on—but it was nerve-racking because people know that Selena so well. There was added pressure."
Besides seeing "a lot more of the icon" side of Selena, fans can reasonably expect the series to cover the singer's elopement, her Grammy win in 1994, her work as a fashion designer, her growing fame, and her murder by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club.
"Learning how to handle her newfound success, Selena struggles to balance, family, love, and a burgeoning career," Netflix shared. "Part 2 of Selena: The Series chronicles the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigate together as she becomes the most successful female Latin artist of all time."
And, a more empowered Selena as an adult.
If you felt like the first few episodes were the Abraham show, get excited for Selena: The Series part two. "The later part is as she gains her own independence and she’s empowered to become a star," writer and executive producer Moisés Zamora told Entertainment Weekly. "I do see that that evolution for her, and ... the intention is for more episodes to come, and to show that trajectory of Selena as she essentially is a married woman and starts her journey as a crossover artist."
Though Selena's death is a key plot point, the second season won’t focus on it.
Natasha Perez, the Venezuelan actress who plays Yolanda Saldívar (Selena’s fan club president and eventual killer) told Entertainment Weekly that Selena: The Series part two won’t spend much time on the singer’s death. Since the Quintanilla family is involved in the production (Selena’s sister Suzette is the executive producer), Perez said the murder is being handled with care.
"The series isn't about her death. Yolanda is there to add tension to what's going on, but what's going on is so beautiful because it's an artist finding herself, an artist emerging and finding her place within her family, and society," Perez told the publication. "Everyone was very careful with how it was all handled. Unfortunately, Yolanda is a part of Selena's tragic story. But the beauty of it all is how her legacy continues until today through her music, her art, and really, her whole life. Thanks to her, we can have this conversation today and celebrate a show about a Latina, starring and written by Latinos. It's a beautiful thing."
What else can I expect from Selena: The Series part two?
Well, for starters, it’s unlikely the child actors who portrayed the younger version of Selena and her siblings will return (beyond the occasional flashbacks), but all the adult cast members are expected to stay on for part two.
Also expect some serious authenticity from Christian's performance. She purposefully did her own makeup for part two of the series, just like Selena did IRL. "Her eyebrows and her eyeliner and her lips were so specific to me," she told the LA Times of Selena’s signature look. "But every time I did my makeup on set, it made me feel so much more like her. That started off my day in character, going to work and doing my makeup. For season two, I was like, 'I want to do it. Selena did her own makeup, I'm doing my own makeup,'"
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