Selena Gomez's New "Latina Empire" TV Series Was Inspired by One Teen's True Story
Fans of Selena Gomez will be excited to learn she's taking her acting chops back to television. This time around, she'll be producing a new TV series, which, according to Deadline, will feel like a "Latina Empire," referencing the Fox hit TV show, Empire.
In collaboration with Freeform, Gomez is co-producing the program alongside well-known TV producers Aaron Kaplan and Mandy Teefey. The still untitled drama, which is set in a low income Latino neighborhood, features an uplifting narrative told from the perspective of an 18-year-old girl who's destined for greatness.
The idea for the show was inspired by Kaplan when he visited the Zimmer Children's Museum Discovery Award Dinner last November, Deadline reports. While there, one of the speakers was a Los Angeles high school senior, Ana Cobarrubias. She spoke about her efforts to overcome societal expectations for kids living in poverty and make a difference in her community. As a result, Kaplan brought Cobarrubias on as a consultant for the show following the event.
Gomez's former experience as a Disney Channel star will no doubt serve her well in her role as producer. We can't wait to see what comes of the series under Gomez's direction. We have a feeling the show will turn to TV gold—just like everything else the "Hands to Myself" songstress touches.