“This is a very iconic role for the Latino community because, unfortunately…the person behind my character murdered a famous Tejano artist.”
Natasha Perez, the actress playing Yolanda Saldívar in Selena: The Series, joined Glenn Kalina to talk about her role in the Netflix series.
When asked about playing the role of Yolanda Saldívar, Natasha quickly confirmed that she felt squeamish when they originally offered her the role.
Yolanda Saldivar was a nurse and fan club president that was convicted of the murder of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who was a famous Tejano artist in the early 90’s, often referred to as the “Queen of Tejano music”.
“The first part of the show is the story of the singer… the make up of the singer,” Perez started to explain the progression of the show. “So now I have like 8 episodes that are mine… The series is more to celebrate the life of Selena and the new generation to get to know Selena.”
Perez goes on to explain that this is the second time that she has played a villain, since comedy has mainly been her journey in the past.
She continued saying it was challenging to play this role compared to previous gigs, like HBO’s Hit Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, because playing Yolanda Saldívar required a ton of research so that she could understand the history of the actual person.
You can watch Selena: The Series exclusively on Netflix and listen to the full interview from The Glenn Kalina Morning Show!