The rea­son ‘Jenny from the Block’ now owns it…

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT -

JEN­NIFER Lopez is 47, but she has the taut body and wrin­kle-free skin of a 30-some­thing. When it comes to age­ing, time re­ally does stand still for Lopez.

I’ve fol­lowed her ca­reer since the days of In Liv­ing Colour and her de­but al­bum, On the 6, re­leased.

When it came to der­rières, hers was the talk of tin­sel­town. Yes, this was in an era pre­dat­ing the del­uge of re­al­ity TV, so­cial me­dia stars and the birth of Kim Kar­dashian and her clan and Nicki Mi­naj.

J-Lo was, and still is, an orig­i­nal and iconic fig­ure. She’s weath­ered more than her fair share of failed re­la­tion­ships. But her star qual­ity never di­min­ished – even though some of her movies may have faded into obliv­ion.

Most of her big screen cred­its were linked to rom-coms. My favourites be­ing The Wed­ding Plan­ner, Maid in Man­hat­tan and The Back-Up Plan. When the script man­dated a more sober­ing per­for­mance, she brought it in abun­dance in Enough and An Un­fin­ished Life.

TV-wise, though, Shades of Blue is her mag­num opus. In play­ing De­tec­tive Har­lee San­tos, she si­lenced any crit­i­cism about her be­ing a one-di­men­sional ac­tress.

She has played this hard-hit­ting char­ac­ter, trapped in a Catch-22 sit­u­a­tion, with fi­nesse.

And she has mas­tered her emo­tional range over the years, too. This is ev­i­dent in how she flits so ef­fort­less be­tween rage, frustration, fear and love.

Even with her char­ac­ter get­ting into bed with the FBI, so to speak, she re­deems her­self with her con­flicted dis­po­si­tion.

As for her char­ac­ter chal­leng­ing the good cop stereo­type, she told Dead­ “Yeah, it is. Shades of Blue is a cop show, but it’s re­ally a show about hu­man na­ture. It’s about peo­ple – it’s about what they would do when put to the test on cer­tain things, how you can be a good per­son and re­ally do f **** d-up things. And we do all the time.”

In­ter­est­ingly, helm­ing the se­ries was not part of the orig­i­nal plan.

She says, “No, no. Elaine (Gold­smithThomas) brought it to me for us to pro­duce to­gether. When we went into NBC and pitched it, they loved the whole idea, and they were like, “You’re not play­ing this role?” Bob Green­blatt said to me, ‘You play this role, we’ll do it right now’. This is an amaz­ing role, and it re­ally made me think, okay, this is some­thing that I want to hap­pen.”

Aside from Shades of Blue, she’s also in a com­edy called, Moth­ers I’d Like To…, where she also dou­bles as a pro­ducer. And she is set to play drug lord Griselda Blanco for an HBO

RID­ING THAT MONEY TRAIN: Jen­nifer Lopez as De sea­son of Shades of Blue.

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