The story of Selena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano music, is one of promise cut short. Born in Texas with Mexican heritage, her dream was to become the first major Spanish-language artist to find long-term success in U.S. in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, she was killed just before she could launch her crossover career; she was just two weeks shy of her 24th birthday. Now, her story — as well as her family's story — is the subject of Netflix's newest big miniseries. As you watch it, use this guide to the Selena: The Seriescast and characters to learn about the significant real-life characters portrayed in the nine-part series, as well as the actors who play them.
Those who only know Selena from the tragedy of her death (she was shot by her own fan club president) will learn a lot from the new show. The episodes start from the beginning of Selena's music career, when she sang in her family's band as a kid. Selena was the product of a tight-knit family, and those close relationships helped her rise in the industry. Selena: The Series chronicles that rise as well as the stories of those who helped her succeed.
Here's a rundown of the major players for those who aren't familiar with the Quintanilla family: