‘People forgot about rom-coms’
J. LO BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN
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