Lopez shows roots in movie

Ac­tor back to where came from and takes new path

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Seanna Cronin

WHEN she first read the script for Sec­ond Act,

Jen­nifer Lopez could im­me­di­ately re­late to its cen­tral char­ac­ter Maya.

The 40-year-old Big Box store worker is a woman strug­gling with frus­tra­tions from un­ful­filled dreams un­til she gets the chance to prove to Madison Av­enue that street smarts are as valu­able as book smarts.

It was a role Lopez, an ac­com­plished singer, ac­tor and dancer who started from hum­ble be­gin­nings in the Bronx, couldn’t pass up.

Q: What about this movie’s mes­sage ap­pealed to you?

A: I just loved the idea, with ev­ery new day, hav­ing a chance to ac­com­plish what­ever you want to ac­com­plish and the only thing hold­ing you back is you. You just have to de­cide. I love this char­ac­ter. I re­lated to her ob­vi­ously very much. She’s a Queens girl. She doesn’t have the ed­u­ca­tion, but she has tal­ent, drive and, again, the only thing hold­ing her back was her. Once she kind of finds her way in, she starts to re­alise all of the mis­takes she made and the po­ten­tial she has. The mis­takes she made were not that bad and the po­ten­tial is greater and she starts think­ing about her life in a dif­fer­ent way.

Q: How much of what we see on screen be­tween you and Leah Rem­ini is scripted?

A: (Laughs) We have been friends for a long time. It was funny, a lot of things hap­pened that were im­prov. Two of my favourite mo­ments were things we talked about. It was as simple as there’s a scene we do in the kitchen and she un­but­toned her pants be­tween scenes. I said ‘You should do that in the scene?’ She said ‘What?’ I said ‘You should un­but­ton your pants in the scene’. She said ‘OK’ so she un­but­toned it and it was one of the big­gest laughs in the movie. Then when we did our slap­ping scene and she said ‘Let’s do our who’s the champ thing’. I was like ‘OK, let’s do it’. They were two of my favourite things in the movie with her.

Q: This movie con­trasts tra­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion ver­sus the ed­u­ca­tion you pick up from the street. How im­por­tant is it for you to in­spire oth­ers?

A: I think it is re­ally im­por­tant. Peo­ple need to know there is not just one way to a path to suc­cess. There are many, many dif­fer­ent routes. That’s why I love this movie be­cause I grew up in the Bronx and didn’t have much of an ed­u­ca­tion. Even with dance, I had no way into the busi­ness. I didn’t know any­body who was in show busi­ness or knew some­body who was in show busi­ness or had been to Hol­ly­wood. There was no en­try point, but you have to find your own way. It can be done. You just have to work hard.

PHOTO: ROAD­SHOW FILMS

AT THE FLICKS: Leah Rem­ini and Jen­nifer Lopez in a scene from the movie Sec­ond Act.

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