J. Lo Reflects On Her Career-Changing Role In ‘Selena’

The 1997 film Selena not only showcased the life of the late Queen of Tejano music, but it also opened doors for a living pop phenomenon. Doors that Jennifer Lopez confesses were a “turning point” in her career.

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In an interview with Felicity Huffman at Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ Studio, the Shades of Blue star makes it known that the breakout role caused much “ado” regarding the monetary compensation – around $1 million – she received as the lead. At the time, such earnings had never been paid to a Latina actress. Perhaps this is the reason why Lopez considers it one of her most memorable moments as an actress, describing it as “a barrier that was broken in that moment.”

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The full interview will premiere in Season 4 of a joint venture between PBS and Variety titled ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors’ on June 12 and 19 at 7 p.m. EST.