Lopez shows her roots
WHEN she first read the script for
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
AT THE FLICKS: Leah Remini and Jennifer Lopez in a scene from the movie Second Act.