On Tuesday, Selena Quintanilla fans celebrated news that the Queen of Tejano would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more than 20 years after her tragic death. The announcement was particularly special for Eva Longoria.
The 41-year-old actress, who was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas like Selena, will also be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. On Thursday, Longoria posted a moving message about the importance of receiving the honor alongside her idol:
She was the reason I even dared to dream that a better life was possible. And that that life didn't have to distance you from where you came from. So many people become famous and leave a place without ever crediting it with the role it played in shaping their lives. Selena was proud of being from Corpus Christi, Texas. And that made me proud to be from Corpus. She blazed the way for all of us and I will be forever grateful to her for not only that but for the pure joy I felt when I got to see her perform. Her smile, her charisma, her beauty put every single person who watched her under a spell. Thank you Selena. I know I will receive my star on the Walk of Fame because you dared to dream it first.
Longoria had previously posted a message of gratitude for the honor on Instagram on Wednesday, sharing a story of when she first arrived to Hollywood and giving a shout out to Selena.
Other new Walk of Fame honorees include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Legend, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel and more.