In 1991, she began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993.
For her first leading role in the 1997 Selena biopic of the same name, she became the first Latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film.
She went on to star in Anaconda (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), and established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood.
she released her third studio album, This Is Me... Then and starred in the film Maid in Manhattan.
Her most successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 include "If You Had My Love", "I'm Real", "Ain't It Funny", "All I Have", and "On the Floor".