Did The Beyoncé Moment In Netflix's 'Selena: The Series' Actually Happen IRL?
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Did The Beyoncé Moment In Netflix's 'Selena: The Series' Actually Happen IRL?

Selena: The Series Part 2 has debuted on Netflix and fans of the late singer were thrilled to witness an encounter between the  Tejano singer and a young Beyoncé. In the sixth episode of the show titled, “Lo más bello” (which translates from Spanish to “the most beautiful”), a young Beyoncé, her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, and her sister Solange encounter Selena as they are leaving The Galleria mall in Houston, Texas.

In the episode, the actress portraying Ms. Tina pushes her eldest daughter to go and say hello to Selena, her sister Suzette and her mother Marcella.  She says, “Beyoncé Knowles, you better learn not to be afraid of people if you ever wanna be famous, too.” While this could have been thought up in the Selena: The Series writers’ room, we know that the encounter between the Queen of Tejano music and  Queen B actually happened.

In an old interview with MTV Tr3s, the Lemonade singer recounted her run-in with Selena when she was younger. She said,

I did actually meet Selena in The Galleria mall in Houston, but I didn’t say much to Selena because I wasn’t a celebrity and I just saw her and said, ‘Hello’ and kept it moving. Definitely growing up in Texas, I heard her on the radio and I think listening to her album, even though I didn’t know exactly what she was singing, it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation. … I think she is a legend and I admire her. And she was so talented, so I’m very happy that even though she didn’t know who I was, I’m still so excited that I got that opportunity.

Christian Serratos, the actress who plays Selena on the show was thrilled about the scene. “I always make jokes … is this going to be my connection to meeting Beyoncé?” she told Entertainment Tonight.

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