It was supposed to be Jennifer Lopez’s day off. Cue visions of her lounging by her infinity pool in Bel-Air, friends hanging, tunes turned up. Instead, Lopez, the multihyphenate performer, producer and branding maven, held a half-dozen business meetings in her home here, from early morning until sundown, on ambitious ventures ranging from real estate to fitness.
A studio head was there, some developer types, marketing people, her TV and film producing partner, her manager and Alex Rodriguez, her boyfriend. The couple were hoping to have dinner together, but “you see what goes on around here,” she said, unapologetically, as they went over the day’s agenda.
A gracious Bel-Air mansion — complete with mini-waterfalls (yes, plural), fireplaces blazing in even empty rooms, and two bunnies that belong to Lopez’s 10-year-old twins — might seem an unlikely spot to transform into a C-suite. But when Lopez moved in two years ago, she designed an office like a boardroom, complete with big conference table. It just happens to be next to the couture-filled space where she gets her hair and makeup done. And so she whisks in, half-dolled up, to present her opinions and outsize ideas, and she sells them: J. Lo Inc., in action.
Jennifer Lopez is sitting by the pool behind her Bel-Air mansion, waiting for two staffers to move an umbrella closer to her chair and thinking about how her life could have turned out very differently. She sends a quick text to boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, takes a sip of ice water, and sits still for a moment while a stylist applies a piece of double-stick tape to the plunging neckline of her Alexandre Vauthier dress so there will be no cleavage mishaps during a TV appearance later in the afternoon. Then Lopez reflects on how close she came to ending up as a bank teller in the Bronx.
“If I didn’t have certain ambitions, I might have gotten married after high school and had kids and decided to get a job at a bank in Castle Hill, like my aunt did,” says the New York native. “It’s just that I had dreams and ideas that were different.”
Lopez, who turns 50 in July, has been pondering her life path a lot lately. It’s partly because in her new movie, Second Act, she plays a character whom she describes as “soooo me” — an outer-borough girl with no connections and no college degree who suddenly finds herself across the river in Manhattan, navigating a world of glamour and power and Madison Avenue shopping sprees. It’s also because Lopez, after almost three decades of relentlessly public highs and lows, now understands herself better than she used to. A mother of 10-year-old twins (with ex-husband Marc Anthony) who meditates daily while juggling the jobs of actor, singer, Vegas performer, producer, reality-show judge, etc., etc., she has developed the kind of confidence that makes it easier to talk about her insecurities. Shortly after her breakout film, Selena, came out in 1997, Lopez remembers, she was speaking with a cousin whom she has known since she was young. “He said that whenever he saw me on TV or in movies, he thought, ‘She’s scared, but she’s doing it anyway.’ And he was absolutely right — I was terrified. But I really wanted to try. I wanted to do it.”
Jennifer Lopez attended the American Music Awards last night! She looked amazing on the red carpet, as she wore a bright pink Georges Chakra gown. Later on in the show, she performed Limitless, a new single from her upcoming film Second Act! You can watch the performance below or on our Facebook page.
MTV has officially announced that Jennifer Lopez will be the recipient of this years Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. She will officially be the first Latin artist to receive this major award. The announcement was make on TRL today. Watch the interview below. Also make sure you tune in Live on Monday, August 29th at 9/8c, as JLo will take the stage to perform a medley of hits spanning her career. Usually the Vanguard Award performance lasts anywhere form 15-20 minutes. Also, as we mentioned before, Jennifer is nominated for two awards!
The trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s new film, Second Act, premiered today! Jennifer stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act. Second Act will be released in theaters on November 21! (via BBJLO)
Congrats to Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, and DJ Khaled! Their song, Dinero, has been nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards. This is Jennifer’s first nomination at this award show in 5 years!
Best Latin Video Best Collaboration
Let’s hope she takes home at least one of these awards, if not both! It’s our year for our comeback Jen!
Congrats to Jennifer! Her song El Anillo was just certified as a Latin Double Platinum by the RIAA.
It’s finally here, the video we have been waiting for. Dinero featuring Cardi B and DJ Khaled has premiered, and it’s fire!