• Noemi Gonzalez feels "so blessed and touched" to be part of Netflix's "Selena: The Series"
  • Gonzalez said they worked hard to "help bring Selena to a new generation"
  • She learned to play the drums like her real-life counterpart, Selena's sister Suzette Quintanilla

Noemi Gonzalez feels honored to be part of Netflix's "Selena: The Series" because she is a fan of the late Latin music icon, Selena Quintanilla Perez.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gonzalez, who plays Selena's drummer sister, Suzette Quintanilla, shared how it was filming the musical drama, which is available to stream on Netflix. For her, she really enjoyed it and considered it a "beautiful experience."

"I am feeling so blessed and touched. The fact that we’re number one, not only in Latin America but also in the U.S., has been a beautiful thing to experience," the 28-year-old actress told EW.

"Our cast and crew worked so hard to help bring Selena to a new generation," she added. "I’ve received so many messages of support from fans for the representation, our work, and the familial vibes, especially during such turbulent times."

Gonzalez, who learned to play the drums like Suzette did, revealed she developed a close bond with her costars Christian Serratos and Gabriel Chavarria, who play her siblings Selena and A.B. Quintanilla on the series. She convinced them to learn at least three songs so they could go on tour as a Selena tribute band after the pandemic.

"Oh, that was on my mind! I told Christian and I told Gabe, ‘Y'all need to know at least three songs and we can rehearse them every week," she shared.

"We're gonna go on tour after! I definitely nudge them because we didn't get to have the crowd experience as much as I would’ve liked," she continued. "We did get some moments in before COVID hit, but after we had to use video effects for the crowd. Especially when Selena was at her big concerts, we had to be on an empty soundstage. That’s why I’m pumping them up so we can get together when this is all done. We will do anything to support Selena’s legacy after the show, too. It would be such a fun opportunity to connect with the fans in person in the distant future.”

Before the Netflix series, a biopic of Selena starring Jennifer Lopez as the "Queen of Tejano music" was released in 1997. The late singer's sister, Suzette, recently said that while she loved the movie, it didn't fully show their struggles in music and how close Selena was to her siblings.

Suzette also shared how "Selena: The Series" would answer several questions about her late sister.

"This series is more about all the questions, the little things that Selena's fans have been asking throughout the years like, 'Why was this song created or why this?'" she explained. "It's more about filling in the full story of our journey and hopefully inspiring those who are going on a journey of their own."

Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the second part of "Selena: The Series." But Serratos earlier confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Season 2 production had already wrapped.

selena show
Christian Serratos as Selena Quintanilla in “Selena: The Series.” Netflix