It’s been an incredible week for Jennifer Lopez.
The entertainer was nominated for her first Screen Actors Guild Award on Wednesday, receiving a nod in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role category for her role as Ramona in Hustlers. Following the exciting news, J.Lo took to social media to say thank you and send struggling actors a message of support.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been nominated for a SAG Award before,” Lopez, 50, begins. “I am so excited and so humbled to be recognized by my fellow actors out there. You know, acting was my first love, along with dancing and I just, I just can’t believe all this is happening.”
We see Ramona do a final flourish and walk down the stage. As Jennifer Lopez remembers it, that’s how an early draft of the “Hustlers” script described her character’s first scene. The “flourish” turned into something much more elaborate: an extended pole dance in which Lopez, dressed in something close to nothing, spins, twists and kicks through a display of erotic athleticism that ends with a strip club full of patrons roaring and cheering, the stage carpeted with dollar bills and a struggling young dancer named Destiny (played by Constance Wu) in a state of slack-jawed adoration. “Doesn’t money make you horny?” Ramona asks Destiny as she heads for the roof, where she stretches out in her fur coat and lights a cigarette.
The pole work, which required six weeks of training with a Cirque du Soleil acrobat, was Lopez’s idea. She explained the genesis of the scene on a gray afternoon in November, almost exactly two months after “Hustlers,” shot in 29 days on a relatively low budget the previous spring, opened, becoming one of the few nonfranchise hits of the movie year. “I said to Lorene” — Scafaria, who wrote and directed “Hustlers” — “that we have to see why Ramona is the star of the club. We can’t say it. We have to show it. I’m going to do this amazing dance. I don’t know what it is, but it’s going to be good. And from there you will see that she has total control of the club and the crowd, and Destiny is going to fall in love. She can’t help it.”
Lopez was drinking cappuccino in a cafe attached to Pier 59 Studios, a photography studio on the West Side of Manhattan. She paused our conversation for a moment of mutual-admiration pantomime with the designer Vera Wang, who was in the building for a different shoot. As tech crews, publicists and security details went about their business, there was some pointing, head-swiveling and whispering. Even in this celebrity-saturated space, Lopez commanded attention.
Congrats are in order, as Jennifer has officially been nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture category for her role as Ramona in Hustlers.
“Could not be prouder to be recognized by the HFPA,” she wrote via the social network on Monday. “Ramona was a complicated character and it was an honor and challenge to bring her to life. Hustlers was a labor of love, sweat and perseverance written, directed, produced, edited and starring a group of bad-ass women. I am proud and honored to represent them and this film!!!!”
This wasn’t the first time Lopez had been recognized by the HFPA. She was also in the running for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) in 1998 for her role in Selena. However, Helen Hunt won the award for her performance in As Good as It Gets.
This singer, dancer and actress began as a Fly Girl on the comedy skit show “In Living Color.” She made a splash in her first lead role in the 1997 biopic “Selena,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination while becoming the first Latina actress to earn more than $1 million for a film. She would go on to star in action thriller “Anaconda” that same year and earned positive reviews opposite George Clooney in the 1998 sexy crime comedy “Out of Sight.” J.Lo also found crossover success on the pop charts as a singer. But her big-screen career took a nosedive after starring in the 2003 turkey “Gigli” that also starred her then-beau Ben Affleck. Her last positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes was the 1998 animated film “Antz.” Lately, she has become better known as a reality TV talent competition judge on “American Idol” for five seasons and on “World of Dance,” which she executive-produces.
Comeback blueprint: From her provocative opening pole-dance entrance that leaves her drowning in tossed dollar bills to her character’s eventual arrest, Lopez — glorious at age 50 — owns “Hustlers” like a ballsy boss. As slinky ringleader Ramona, the actress takes charge of this true story of how a pack of strippers after the 2008 stock market collapse at a Manhattan club swindled their Wall Street clients out of cash by drugging their drinks and maxing out their credit cards. While Constance Wu is the good-hearted take-it-off ingenue whose back story drives the plot, Lopez gladly slips into a supporting role that allows her to have the most skimpily-clad fun — even tantalizing Usher on stage — while wallowing in a sea of luxury brands and tony surroundings bought with her ill-gotten gains.
Current Gold Derby combined Oscar odds status: With 6/1 odds, J.Lo is sitting pretty on the supporting actress chart at No. 2, tucked between Laura Dern as a tough divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story” and Annette Bening as Senator Dianne Feinstein in “The Report.” Currently, 2,086 users are predicting she will be nominated while 304 say she will win. Her main competition, both previous Oscar nominees without any wins, are considered overdue. But can they twirl half-naked around a pole in six-inch stiletto heels?
Months into her engagement with Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez has finally dropped a wedding dress hint — and the tiny tidbit actually reveals a lot about the direction she might be going with her gown. Spoiler alert? She may be big on both fashion and drama, but her wedding dress will be anything but (big, that is).
On Monday, Lopez attended the 2019 Governors Awards, where she caught up with Extra’s Terri Seymour. Talk invariably turned to the new film the entertainer has been working on: Marry Me, which is slated for release on Jan. 1, 2020. In the film, Lopez plays a pop superstar jilted by her rockstar fiancé moments before their wedding at Madison Square Garden, so she marries a random guy from the crowd instead. And you know what that means, right? There will be at least one wedding gown in the rom-com. As a matter of fact, Lopez has already been spotted filming in a stunning Zuhair Murad dress.
Knowing this, Seymour asked Lopez whether being in bridal couture for the film was giving Lopez any inspiration for her real-life nuptials. “I know I don’t want one as big as I’m wearing in the movie,” she exclaimed, adding, “That one is a lot to carry around… too big!”
Jennifer Lopez has been working on a new fragrance.
The perfume, which is now on sale online at Ulta Beauty and set to roll out in stores on September 28, is described as “the essence of a multifaceted and powerful woman.” It features top notes of Italian tangerine, pink berries and nashi pea, a middle of orris, jasmine sambac and dewy honeysuckle and a woody, crystallized amber base.
The superstar, 50, took to Instagram to share the news of the drop with her 101 million followers, posting images from the official announcement alongside the message “Today was SOOOO special!!!” She also offered fans a glimpse of the official campaign imagery, which sees her posing in a slinky, metallic dress.
“Working with the force that is Jennifer Lopez to create something truly unique in the category has been inspiring,” Parag Vidyarthi, managing director of the license holder for Lopez’s fragrances, Designer Parfums, told WWD. “As the ultimate visionary and creative partner, Jennifer was steadfast in her pursuit to ensure Promise delivers the powerful emotional fragrance experience women are seeking.”
“This is happening.”
After rumors started swirling earlier this month that Jennifer Lopez would be this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer, the superstar took to Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 26) to confirm: “It’s happening.”
But she’s not going it alone: Fellow Latin music powerhouse Shakira will also be performing.
J.Lo’s tweet simply has the “It’s happening.” caption, plus the date of the 2020 Super Bowl, alongside a photo of Shakira wearing a gold Pepsi bicep cuff (shouting out the halftime show’s sponsor) and a massive two-finger ring with the 02.02.2020 date. Shakira, meanwhile, posted a photo of Lopez wearing a Pepsi ring and belt buckle in her “Get ready” tweet.
Jennifer Lopez is on the promo trail, promoting her upcoming film, Second Act, which hits theaters next week. As part of the promotion schedule, she was on The Tonight Show. She also filmed her interviews for The Daily Show, which will air tomorrow (Dec 12), and Watch What Happens Live, which will air Thursday (Dec 13).
You can watch the interview below or check out the photos in our gallery!