‘I DON’T COUNT MY FIRST TWO MAR­RIAGES’ Jen­nifer Lopez opens up about love, life and her new film

The pow­er­house that is Jen­nifer Lopez talks her new film, wedding plans and beauty se­crets

WHO - - Content - By Jenny Cooney Car­rillo

She’s an icon of her gen­er­a­tion and for Jen­nifer Lopez, she’s only get­ting bet­ter with age. With her in­cred­i­bly var­ied and rich ca­reer span­ning over 30 years, it’s hard to pin JLO down and place her in a cat­e­gory. The Bronx-born beauty started off as a Fly Girl dancer on TV show In Liv­ing Color and then tran­si­tioned to act­ing, star­ring in Se­lena, earn­ing her first Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion, and in Out of Sight with Ge­orge Clooney. Prov­ing she could do it all, JLO then tried her hand at mu­sic and re­leased the first of eight al­bums, On the 6, which pro­pelled her to su­per­star­dom. Three decades later, at 49, JLO has a pro­duc­tion com­pany, launched fra­grances, been mar­ried and di­vorced three times, and has given birth to twins, Max and Emme, and is now hap­pily in love with former base­ball player Alex Ro­driguez. Here, in an ex­clu­sive chat to WHO, Lopez talks about get­ting mar­ried to A-rod, stay­ing fit and why she loves her new film Sec­ond Act.

It’s been 20 years since Out of Sight came out. How have you changed since then as an ac­tress?

I think I have grown so much as an ac­tress since then and I was very proud of the work I did in that movie and at that time. But I don’t know, I am just such a dif­fer­ent per­son

now. I am so dif­fer­ent than I was then and I have ob­vi­ously had kids since then and have gone through a di­vorce since then, and it’s a lot of stuff that has changed my way of life and my think­ing and my emo­tions and depth of un­der­stand­ing of the world. All of that makes you a bet­ter ac­tress at the end of the day, un­der­stand­ing peo­ple and be­hav­iour.

Do you think about hav­ing a real-life Sec­ond Act?

Move to the south of Italy?

Yes?

Lit­tle house by the wa­ter, paint­ing, yeah. I fan­ta­sise about things like that. I don’t know if I could ever do it. I am such an Amer­i­can girl in that way and as much as I love vis­it­ing, I don’t know if I could live any­where else.

How do you relate to your char­ac­ter Maya?

The idea for this script came from my pro­duc­ing part­ner and she worked with a writer and it was tailor-made for me. We made her from Queens, be­cause I had done the Bronx thing be­fore, but we wanted it to have a Work­ing Girl type of feel. It was very much some­thing I could play and un­der­stand and peo­ple would re­ally relate to me and be­lieve me. I loved play­ing it be­cause I re­ally feel like Maya at 24 years old is ex­actly who I could have been if I hadn’t de­cided to go off and be an ac­tress and do every­thing I am do­ing.

If you were to start a sec­ond act, would you con­sider get­ting mar­ried again?

Yeah. For sure.

So that’s some­thing you feel good about?

Yeah. I have been mar­ried three times and I have had two kind of un­der a year mar­riages and that I don’t re­ally

count as mar­riages, but I was mar­ried to Marc [An­thony] for 10 years, seven years to­gether and then 10 years be­fore it was fi­nal and it was good, and it didn’t work out, but it didn’t de­stroy my vi­sion of mar­riage. I al­ways thought, again, ’cause of the way I was raised, that when you fall in love with some­body, you get mar­ried and you try to have a life to­gether. And I learned along the way that’s not re­ally how it works; it takes more than that. So you have to choose well and there’s a lot of dif­fer­ent things. I love the idea of grow­ing old with some­body and be­ing com­mit­ted to them and declar­ing that to one an­other, not so much to the world, but to one an­other.

And it’s im­por­tant for your part­ner to fit in well with your kids.

Oh sure. Every­thing is about them and you want some­body around who un­der­stands chil­dren and is ca­pa­ble of lov­ing chil­dren, and who knows how to treat chil­dren and at the end of the day, re­ally cares and is a car­ing per­son. You can’t have any ran­dom, self­ish per­son come in your life when you have kids. You can’t be care­less.

Do you think your kids will fol­low in your foot­steps?

I don’t care what they want to be. I want them to be happy, I want them to be ful­filled and love them­selves. That’s my thing, how do we do that and how are we good peo­ple here, right now? But yeah, they both sing, and I don’t know what else they will do, they don’t dance, but they sing [ laughs]. They are adorable.

The film shows that street smarts can be more im­por­tant than a univer­sity de­gree. Do you agree?

I do think that. I think it gives you a cer­tain tenac­ity, a cer­tain drive, when you grow up with noth­ing and you don’t grow up with the priv­i­leges of go­ing to a great school and your par­ents don’t have money to send you to those ex­pen­sive col­leges, so it gives you a dif­fer­ent up­bring­ing. It makes you a lit­tle more scrappy and a lit­tle more savvy in dif­fer­ent ways. In the streets, you have to find a way in, even if it’s slip­ping in the back door. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. If some­body said you could go back now and go to Har­vard in­stead of do­ing what you did, I would say, “No way!”

As a Latina woman, did you find it more dif­fi­cult find­ing work in the be­gin­ning?

Yeah. I think be­ing Latina in this busi­ness is a huge chal­lenge, even to­day. They were not con­sid­er­ing peo­ple like me for roles in The Wedding Plan­ner or Maid in Man­hat­tan and that was a place I had to break through and say I just want to be the girl in the movie. I don’t want to be the Span­ish girl who is the friend over here or the maid, even though in one of my big­gest movies I played a maid! But I wanted to be the pro­tag­o­nist re­gard­less of na­tion­al­ity. An­other break­ing of bound­aries for me was that there was a re­ally spe­cific type of woman that was in mag­a­zines and movies, and they were usu­ally white, tall, size zero or two, and I was not like that.

Lastly, you turn 50 next year and you look ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble! Tell us how.

The skin and the beauty side, I have some skin­care se­crets that I might be shar­ing in the next year, we’ll see. But again, it’s all about look­ing af­ter your­self and I work re­ally hard. I have kids ob­vi­ously, and that takes up a lot of time. You can’t be good for any­body if you don’t take care of your­self. So, I try to get good sleep and take care of my skin and take a bath ev­ery once in a while. I am not a smoker or a drinker or any­thing like that. And I just try to re­lax and be the best me that I can be.

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