‘Peo­ple for­got about rom-coms’

J. LO BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN

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We NW- ettes are rom-com trag­ics, so the fact that Jen­nifer Lopez has re­turned to her Maid In­man­hat­tan roots in new film Se­con­dact has us all sorts of ex­cited! The star plays Maya, an un­der­dog sto store worker who lands the cor­po­rate job of a lif life­time af­ter fak­ing a fancy re­sume. And wh while she’s a long way from the block thes these days, Jen says that she can still rel re­late to her hard­work­ing char­ac­ter, re re­veal­ing she’s “soooo me”. No d doubt strip­ping off for a sexy shower s scene with co-star Milo Ven­timiglia – who she hand­picked for the role – les less­ened her load a lit­tle though. Work hard, play hard, right Jen?!

Did you en­joyenj work­ing on a ro­man­tic com­edy again af­ter a fewf heav­ier roles?

I think peo­ple for­got about rom ro­man­tic come­dies for a while. You need these simp sim­pler, ro­man­tic, funny looks at life... What’s the story we can tell that re­ally makes you take k a l look k at your life and reeval­u­ate it and have a lit­tle more hope for the fu­ture? Those are the kinds of movies I al­ways love. I’m a ro­man­tic at heart, any­way. I hon­estly think most peo­ple are.

Do you see a bit of your­self in Maya?

I grav­i­tate to­wards projects I re­late to, and that I know other women and peo­ple in the world can re­late to. I think all of us feel at some point like, ‘OK, what’s next? Where do I go from here? Is there any­thing else?’ For me, rein­ven­tion has be­come part of who I am. So the idea of hav­ing a se­cond act – or third act, or fourth act – is some­thing that just comes nat­u­rally to me and it’s some­thing I un­der­stand.

Do you ever won­der where you would be if you hadn’t landed a Hol­ly­wood ca­reer?

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 [in New York], like my aunt did. It’s just that I had dreams and ideas that were dif­fer­ent.

Do you still try and stay con­nected to your roots though?

I go back to my neigh­bour­hood at times, and I still have friends who live there and peo­ple my mum hangs out with... It’s not some­thing I’ve be­come dis­con­nected from. I also feel no mat­ter how much I travel and where I go, I al­ways feel so con­nected to the work­ing class I grew up in with my mum and my dad. It so af­fected me to see my dad work­ing nights for 20 years. I think that’s why I work so many jobs. I feel like a work­ing woman and a work­ing girl. That’s who I am.

Se­con­dact also ex­plores age­ing. You turn 50 next year, how do you man­age to still look so amaz­ing?

It’s all about look­ing af­ter your­self and I work re­ally hard. 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.

In cin­e­mas Thurs­day De­cem­ber 6

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