Selena Gomez Is Developing a Series Described As the ‘Latina Empire

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Selena Gomez and Aaron Kaplan are developing a new series for Freeform (you know, that new name ABC Family is hoping sticks). The show, which is being described as a Latina Empire, “is set in a low income Latino neighborhood and is told through the eyes of an 18-year-old girl destined for greatness,” according to Deadline. The coolest part about the project is that it’s based on the actual experiences of a Los Angeles high-school student, 18-year-old Ana Cobarrubias. Aaron Kaplan was captivated by a speech Cobarrubias delivered last November at the Zimmer Children’s Museum Discovery Awards dinner, and approached her about the project. The speech was about what really happens in low-income neighborhoods, and Cobarrubias’s determination to defy expectations others may have of her. The high-school senior will be a consultant on the project, which is way cooler than anything you ever did in high school.