Great ex­pec­ta­tions

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

OTHERHOOD didn’t start so great for ac­tress/singer Jen­nifer Lopez. She was in such pain af­ter hav­ing a Cae­sarean sec­tion to de­liver her twins in 2008, Lopez couldn’t hold the new­borns. De­spite all the pain, she turned down all of­fers of painkillers.

When the pain got so bad, a cry­ing Lopez told her then-hus­band, Marc An­thony: ‘‘The ba­bies don’t love me. And they’re not go­ing to know me and they’re go­ing to love the nurse.’’

An­thony’s ef­forts to calm Lopez failed. The only thing that made her feel bet­ter was read­ing Heidi Murkoff’s book, What to Ex­pect When You’re Ex­pect­ing. Lopez learnt she was go­ing through a hor­mone drop on the 10th day af­ter the births – called the baby blues – that many women ex­pe­ri­ence. Now, Lopez is star­ring in a film ver­sion of the book.

Un­like her own ex­pe­ri­ence, Lopez plays a woman who de­cides to adopt a baby. Her story is mixed with other pend­ing-moth­er­hood tales, played out by Cameron Diaz, El­iz­a­beth Banks and Anna Ken­drick. Of the four main fe­male stars, Lopez was the only one who truly knew what to ex­pect when ex­pect­ing.

Banks is a new mum, but via a sur­ro­gate. Nei­ther Ken­drick nor Diaz has gone through the labours of love.

‘‘I found the book to be so in­cred­i­bly ac­cu­rate while I was preg­nant and hon­estly I just see why ev­ery­body has this book and why it’s the first thing that you get when you find out that you’re preg­nant be­cause it just takes you through ev­ery­thing,’’ Lopez says.

‘‘When you get preg­nant, it’s the type of thing, like ev­ery­body’s talked about your whole life, but you know noth­ing about when it’s hap­pen­ing to you. This book helps you to not freak out.’’

There were plenty of times Lopez was ready to lose it dur­ing her preg­nancy.

She was afraid she would never get to wear all of the won­der­ful shoes she owned be­cause her feet grew one size. There was also the panic at­tack that came with the re­al­i­sa­tion she was about to be­come re­spon­si­ble for two new lives.

She stayed on tour un­til she was 6½ months preg­nant. The decision to end the tour was made be­cause of what she calls ‘‘baby brain’’.

‘‘I was on tour, the song starts and I was like . . .,’’ Lopez says, fol­lowed by a blank stare.

‘‘I to­tally for­got the lyrics to my own song. I was like, this is bad. But then I was like, I’m preg­nant, who cares? And I look back at my band and I’m like, any­body? I was like, ‘I re­ally just don’t know the words’.’’

She ob­vi­ously no longer has ‘‘baby brain’’, as Lopez has been busy in the past few months as one of the judges on Amer­i­can Idol, re­hears­ing for her next tour and pro­mot­ing her new movie.

As for her con­cerns about be­ing a par­ent, Lopez says it’s just a mat­ter of putting the twins first and ev­ery­thing in line be­hind them.

It’s also a good thing that she’s not fac­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties alone.

‘‘I have a lot of help and I have a lot of great peo­ple in my life who help in all those ar­eas in work and at home,’’ Lopez says.

No mat­ter how much help she has, Lopez faces the same guilt as any sin­gle work­ing mum. It’s hard for her to leave the twins when she has to go to one of her many jobs.

Do­ing the movie did make Lopez think about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of an­other child in her life. She would love to have an­other baby, but be­tween work and rais­ing the twins her hands are full.

She does have a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for adop­tion. ‘‘It’s funny be­cause be­fore the movie, I never re­ally thought about adop­tion at all. It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful self­less act of love,’’ she says.

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