1. An estimated 22,000 actresses were screened for the role of Selena Quintanilla. Eventually, Jennifer Lopez was selected, with 9-year-old Becky Lee Meza playing her as a child.
2. The Quintanilla family chose to make the movie as a "pre-emptive strike" since other unauthorized films about Selena's life were already in production shortly after her death.
3. Both Salma Hayek and Mexican soap opera actress Bibi Gaytán were "approached" to play the role of Selena.
Selena made a cameo appearance alongside Gaytán in the hit telenovela Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.