In an interview with Felicity Huffman at Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, Lopez explains why she still considers Selena to be one of the most memorable and important moments in her career.
“I think playing Selena for me was a great moment in my career. It was like a turning point, a big leading role for me at that time. There was ado about what I got paid and a Latin actress never being paid that before. And so, I just felt like there was a barrier that was broken in that moment and I felt really good about that. And I always remember that time in my career.”
In fact, according to IMDB, Lopez became the highest paid Latina in Hollywood history by playing Selena. She earned $1 million, which for a Latina American actress at that time was unheard of. So not only did this movie put Lopez on the path of her now successful acting career, but like she said, it helped break boundaries for Latina actresses to follow.
You can check out the full premiere in Season 4 on Variety Studio: Actors on Actors on June 12 and 19 at 7 p.m. EST.