"She was the reason I even dared to dream that a better life was possible," Longoria wrote on Instagram

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated July 01, 2016 12:20 AM
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Selena Quintanilla, “The Queen of Tejano,” is finally getting a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, and no one is happier than Eva Longoria.

In fact, the actress, who is also receiving her own star this year, pointed out several similarities between the two when she paid tribute to the late singer in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“I could never have dreamed that one day I would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But even more ironic is that the same year I receive my star, so does my idol, my inspiration, my fellow Tejana, my fellow Corpus Christi native, Selena Quintanilla,” Longoria, 41, wrote.

While many believe the former Desperate Housewives star to be their hometown hero, Selena was Longoria’s. “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,” she continued in her post.

“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,” Longoria added.

Twenty-one years following Selena’s tragic death, she will be posthumously receiving the honor. The beloved singer was killed by her fan club’s president on March 31, 1995. She was 24.

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Longoria concluded her message: “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.”

In another walk of fame post, Longoria wrote, “What makes this even sweeter is that I stand side by side with my idol Selena Quintanilla! Corpus girls representing!”