In a new interview, the 30-year-old actress talked about the pressures of playing the Tejano star in the upcoming Netflix show Selena: The Series.
“I felt so much pressure to be and bring Selena back to the screen,” Christian shared with ET. “I know what an important role this is and I know how important it is for all her fans and her family, so I definitely worked really hard to try and be as honestly Selena as I could.”
Before even landing the role, Christian said that she started working with a dialect coach and a singing coach to perfect her Selena impersonation.
“I had never had this much responsibility before, and I just wanted to use every resource that I could,” Christian explained. “So I started working with a dialect coach on my own before I had the job, which I think was really helpful. I started working with my singing coach, who I love so much, Eric Vitro, before I booked the job, and he also helped me with the audition.”
Also in the interview, Christian revealed that some of the more challenging scenes to film were the performances.
I feel like those are the moments where they’re gonna say like, ‘Come through! Show up as Selena, let’s go!’” Christian admitted. “Those are the moments that are most fun but also I know are gonna be the most work, because I have to do what the fans want, I have to be her. And that’s a lot of pressure.”