W magazine’s second annual TV Portfolio features cameos from 26 of the industry’s biggest names as they portray their favourite TV personalities.
Upon hearing that Netflix was developing a biopic on the late Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla, many people worried who could possibly do the diva justice. Christian Serratos, who broke out on Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, has had roles in the Twilight films and on The Secret Life of the American Child.
Many people noticed how closely Serratos resembled Selena Quintanilla when she played the popular Chicana musician on the TV series Selena: The Series, which chronicles the singer’s rise to popularity and tragic death in 1995.
The 30-year-old actress called us from Atlanta, where she was filming the last season of The Walking Dead, a show in which she has appeared since 2014. She talked about her favourite 90s fashion icons, why she recently watched The Nanny again as an adult, and what she found most surprising about Selena.
- 1 Can You Recall Your First Viewing of “The Nanny?”
- 2 Which Fran Fine Garments do You Admire the Most, and Why? She has a Certain air of Sophistication About Her.
- 3 How would You Describe Your Day-To-Day Style?
- 4 You Reproduced So Many of Selena Quintanilla’s Famous Looks in Selena: The Series. Give us the Most Shocking Information You Gleaned About her.
- 5 Selena Pioneered The Role of “Creative Director.”
- 6 It’s Certainly hard to Choose, But do You have a Favourite Outfit That Selena Wore?
- 7 You’ve Been on The Walking Dead Since 2014. There will Soon be no More. Which Aspect of Successfully Landing is the Most Thrilling or Nerve-Wracking for You?
- 8 You’ve Spent Your Whole Life Performing on Stage. What Excites You Most About the Current Television Landscape?
Can You Recall Your First Viewing of “The Nanny?”
I do. The opening sequence was the most striking part of the film for me. I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen The Nanny’s opening credits since they bring back so many memories. As a child, I used to watch it in the afternoons.
Which Fran Fine Garments do You Admire the Most, and Why? She has a Certain air of Sophistication About Her.
Despite her status as a style icon, Fran Drescher is rarely discussed nowadays. You can’t deny her abundance of beauty. While some of her work evoked the 1960s in an extreme way, other pieces were distinctly contemporary.
The stockings with every dress were epic, extremely ʼ90s and wonderful.
How would You Describe Your Day-To-Day Style?
My day-to-day is black and white. I’m in sweats—and to me, that’s a fucking outfit. When I’m wearing my expensive sweats, I feel like a million bucks.
Wearing sweats is a sign of wanting to be relaxed and prepared for anything, but many people mistakenly assume that it means you’ve given up on life.
As a result, you’ll be better prepared to deal with whatever the day throws at you. Alternatively, I am a huge fan of ’30s and ’50s glam. When I have the option, I enjoy dressing to the nines. The truth is, I can’t find a happy medium.
You Reproduced So Many of Selena Quintanilla’s Famous Looks in Selena: The Series. Give us the Most Shocking Information You Gleaned About her.
I knew she was versatile and independent, but I had no idea how much so. I had no idea she designed each and every one of her iconic costumes herself. I thought at some time she definitely had somebody or individuals, but no, everything, down to the purple jumpsuit, was her.
I was also astonished to find that there were three or four more colours of that jumpsuit that she wore them to events, but they didn’t become as well-known as the purple one since she wore it to such a massive arena. There was insanity at the Astrodome. In turn, that became a catchphrase commonly associated with Selena.
Selena Pioneered The Role of “Creative Director.”
Holy cow! During my time as a Selena press agent, I heard numerous references to the singer in the fashion industry. Wow, I thought, she was like the Rihanna of her day. Considering all that she would have liked to have accomplished, I can’t help but feel sorry. Whoever she was, she was one incredibly savvy lady.
It’s Certainly hard to Choose, But do You have a Favourite Outfit That Selena Wore?
Because she has so many iconic ensembles, I’m always afraid that my response to this question will be met with disappointment.
In contrast, the Selena depicted in jeans and a T-shirt is my fave. It was illuminating to observe her in this light. And it made me feel affection for her. It was clear that she was a human being.
She had the same interests and values as the rest of us. Because we have elevated her to the status of a deity, even pictures of her wearing the baggiest of T-shirts bring a smile to my face.
You’ve Been on The Walking Dead Since 2014. There will Soon be no More. Which Aspect of Successfully Landing is the Most Thrilling or Nerve-Wracking for You?
Since they became like a family to me, I can’t help but hold future groups of people to the standard they set. That’s a fantastic workplace, especially in a world where so much time is spent apart from loved ones. You’re in a location shoot with about 400 total strangers.
Even though I’m going to miss all of my dearest friends dearly, I can’t wait to see where life takes them and where it takes me after this. There’s a bit of pressure, like a “get another job” kind of sense, but that’s the nature of the beast so I’m just thrilled to go home.
You’ve Spent Your Whole Life Performing on Stage. What Excites You Most About the Current Television Landscape?
Right now, we’re in the midst of telling some truly remarkable tales. Many are delving into the matter, and we are starting to pick up on new perspectives. That’s the secret to writing fantastic tales that readers can relate to on a deep level, in my opinion.
In both “Walking Dead” and “Selena,” I got to portray fierce, independent Latinas, and both roles were incredible opportunities. My dream is to once again be able to speak for my people, and my second dream is to create something that gives someone else the chance.