Jennifer Lopez Curated
Renowned American Singer and Actress
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Is Rebirth your most personal album?
Well, it's very emotional. It's very passionate, I think. And it has some sex on it.
Which song means the most to you?
They're all very personal to me. If I couldn't relate to them, I couldn't sing them. In the first part of my career, with my first albums, it was like, "Okay, we'll record 20 songs and then pick the 12 best ones." But for this one I was like, "Do I want to sing this? Did this move me in any way? No, it didn't. Even if it could be a hit record, it doesn't matter." I've started standing by what I do.
How is Rebirth a reflection of how you’re feeling now?
This is a brand-new beginning. All the albums I did before this one and all the experiences I had were phase one. And now I can take everything I've learned and apply it in a different way, because I am a different person.
Marc is coproducing your upcoming Spanish album. What’s it like working with your husband?
Marc and I have worked together for years; we did a duet on my first album. It is easier to take criticism from an actual boss [than a husband] though.
For a romantic night, do you and Marc go out?
We go out to dinner. I go for good food over ambience. We like peaceful things…quiet, rest. For a vacation, it's someplace hot. No ski trips.
Do you believe you have one soul mate?
No. I think we run into several during our lives. I don't think there's just one.
What have you learned about love and marriage?
You get what you give. What you put into things is what you get out of them. But I don't give advice about marriage.
Are you still friends with your exes? P. Diddy, maybe?
Yeah, we're still friends.
In your latest movie, Monsterin- Law, you deal with a mean mother-in-law. Ever dealt with that in real life?
No. I've been lucky. The mothers like me. I'm nice…I'm not the nightmare girlfriend. I'm not controlling. I think it's important for girls to get along with the moms. It's the moms you have to get by when a son is involved.
Do you think it’s possible to do it all—to be a great wife and a great mom and have a great career all at the same time?
Yes, but it's certainly not easy. I think it takes a lot of work…and a good partner to help.
Want to start a family?
Yeah. Of course I do. I don't know about having a lot of kids, but I'd like to raise one healthy, really loving child. I do sometimes want that quiet life raising children, but I feel like these things all happen naturally on their own.
We heard that you don’t want to be called J.Lo anymore. Why?
That's not true. It was a silly gossip story. I still like to be called J.Lo. I was just saying that last night when [Marc and I] went out. We were running through this crowd, in a hurry, and a little girl asked, "Could you sign this?" I signed J.Lo really fast, and I was like "That's when that J.Lo shit comes in handy."
Did you always know you would be famous one day?
I always had a feeling that I was going to do this, like "I'm going to be in movies and I'm going to sing." Like somebody was going to pick me out of a crowd. It was a sense of something…a desire.
Why do you think you were branded a diva by the media?
I always felt that was unfair. It might be because I have nice stuff. I came from virtually nothing, so there was a time when I was like "Oh my God, I can have that car or I can have that coat." I don't think anybody in my position wouldn't have done the same thing. But you get to a point where you want to strip down. Not that I won't have a nice bag, but I'm going to sell that big museum-type house and get a nice cozy house, and I'm going to have one car and trade the others in. I want to go back to something simpler.
What’s something about you that’s really un-divalike?
I love to clean up. I can't have a room unclean. And I cook—I made pork chops last night. My favorite food is fried chicken cutlets, and I make those too.
Is there anything you’re not good at?
I'm bad at a ton of things. I'm bad at sitting still. I'm bad at basketball. My worst habit is that while people are talking, I will already be thinking three other things. It's rude. Sometimes if the person is very in tune and they notice, they're like "Where are you right now?"
With all you have on your plate, how do you de-stress?
I love a massage and a bath. I don't drink—I'll have a sip, but I've never been drunk—and I don't smoke. I envy people who have those releases. They just have a drink or a cigarette, and they feel better. I have to brave it through the whole day on my own.
How do you manage to be the one star who never gets caught by the paparazzi with bedhead and no makeup?
I am conscious of the way I look when I go out. My mom and my grandma taught me that you never leave the house without taking a bath and at least attempting to fix your hair. I don't look like a glamour puss every day, but I try to look decent when I leave the house.
Have you always been confident about your body?
No, not when I was younger. I felt heavy. I was heavy, but as I grew up and dropped the baby fat, I felt confident. I started looking more like the voluptuous women I grew up with who I thought were beautiful—my mom and my aunts. So when I went to Hollywood and everybody was very small, I never thought I looked bad. I never felt fat.
How much of that amazing body is hard work?
It's a lot of hard work. I used to work out all the time, but over the years, I've tapered off. Now I focus when I have to [get in shape for a movie or video]. And I'm not a big dieter. I know when there's a little extra here or there. And then I just adjust a little—I don't kill myself.
Do you have any regrets?
Not really, but that's not to say that I haven't been through bad things. I have. But my philosophy on life is that we're here to love and to learn. And I've learned a lot, so I can't say "I wish this didn't happen or I didn't make that movie." And I take responsibility for being open [about relationships] in the past. I have to, and now I'm doing what I can to make it different.
How are you very much your sign, Leo? Center of attention, loyal, generous, big ego.…
Center of attention…yeah. My favorite holiday is my birthday—very Leo. I think I'm loyal and generous. But I have no ego. There is no way you can have a big ego and survive in this business. You can't learn if you think no one else has anything to say that's of value.
In your opinion, how does A.K.A compare to your previous albums? What was your inspiration for songs on the album?
Most of my music has been about love and this album is no different. My definition of love has changed over the past few years and this album is a reflection of that. I’ve also always played around with different sounds– everything from pop to hip hop to ballads – and that’s what I also did on this album.
What’s your favorite track off of the album, A.K.A?
I can’t choose! I love each of them for specific reasons. “Emotions” is one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s a beautiful love [song] that has a lot of soul and R&B undertones.
Talking about the First Love video out May 29th, what can fans expect? Have you filmed any other videos for the album?
We shot First Love in the desert in the middle of a sandstorm with the model David Gandy. I can honestly say it was one of the most difficult shoots I’ve ever done. It was crazy! But worth it because I think it turned out so great and very sexy. I hope people love it.
What’s next after the album? Can we expect an “AKA World Tour”?
I’m not sure yet. Right now I’m focused on releasing the album and doing a lot of live performances for my fans to promote the new music.
Which was the easiest song to record off of AKA? Hardest?
First Love was probably the easiest, because Max Martin and Savan Kotecha came up with a great concept and when they presented it, I immediately wanted to record the song. They’re a great team to work with. I don’t know if I would call it “hard” but I think I went back and forth a lot with “Booty.” I didn’t know if I would want to record a song with that title, but Diplo made a great beat and my son (Max) loved it, so it got me excited and I knew I had to record it for this album.
What trend will you never get tired of?
The perfect pair of jeans and a t-shirt will always be the perfect thing to wear no matter what. They will never go out of style.
How do you describe your personal style and how has it evolved through the years?
I would call my personal style glamorous and classic yet edgy. I’m a singer, dancer and entertainer on one side, and then an actress on the other, so for me it’s about mixing those styles. Fashion is something that you can never really put your finger on. There are always trends, but for me personally my style is always evolving and always changing, but what’s classic is classic, and that never changes, that always stays the same.
You became famous before social media was established, how do you use it from a personal standpoint?
Social media has been an incredible way to give fans a look into my life and interact directly with my fans. I definitely have fun with it, but I grew up in a time when it didn’t exist, so it isn’t everything to me like it is to some people. It’s important to remember the value and fun in it, but not let it consume you. One of my favorite accounts to follow is @createandcultivate – they include great inspirational quotes.
Your new movie, Second Act takes on some pretty meaty workplace topics. Why is this a story you wanted to tell?
When you hire people do you look for degrees? Do you think its important?
Do you make it a point, when you have so many people working for you or working with you, you can make choices about who’s on set with you. Are you looking of degrees? Do you actively go out and look for people who dont have degrees?
Would you please tell us a bit more about moving from licensing to ownership? What made you make that change and what are you looking for?
How does a everyday person take advantage of like yourself? How do you take that ownership idea and apply it to your life? Are there things that you are doing differentl, now that you think about yourself, not as licensing your name but as owning the projects?
When theere are so many things that you could be doing, how are you picking what projects you want to take on? What you want to launch? What are you saying no to? How do you make that decision?
How are you saying no to the projects you dont want to do?
When you think about the downs that you’ve had in your life is this the kind of thing that has a hangover effect on you. How do you use those points in your career which weren’t great?
What kind of career advice do you give people?
Do you think that your character in the movie Second Act does that?
Is there one particular takeaway you want people to have when they leave the theatres?
People have been obsessed with your wardrobe.
What advice can you give to women who wants to become a part of the body lab movement?
Why do you think the average woman will succeed with Body Lab?
Who is your favorite GUESS Girl of all time?
Eva Herzigova or Anna Nicole Smith.
Do you remember your first GUESS purchase?
A pair of GUESS jeans. I remember wearing them for the first time and thinking they were the classic and perfect-fitting pair of jeans.
You always exude confidence and are comfortable in your own skin to the rest of the world… what moments do you feel your sexiest?
For me feeling sexy is about feeling confident in what I’m wearing – whether it’s on the red carpet or in my everyday wardrobe. Your clothes can bring out your personality and exude your happiness and your confidence.
Who is your style icon?
Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross or Barbra Streisand.
When do you feel most inspired?
When I’m working with passionate, creative people who push me to think outside the box and make me want to challenge myself to try new things.
Can you describe your personal style in 3 words?
Sexy, feminine, strong.
What’s the one fashion item you could never live without?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Always listen to yourself and listen to your gut, because only you know what’s right for you.
What is one of your favourite fashion moments?
The dress I wore to the Oscars in 2015. It made me feel like a princess.
As a style icon, do you have advice for people trying to identify their personal style?
Clothes can be a reflection of your personality, so personal style should vary for everyone. For me personally, clothes bring out a specific type of energy in any situation from a red carpet to performing on stage. It’s about trying new things and experimenting with what looks match the way you’re feeling or the characteristics that embody who you are.
With the resurgence of 90’s fashion, we can’t help but think about the “Fly Girls”, do you have a favorite look from that time? Favorite moment?
Black turtleneck and big hoops. I had a lot of great moments on the show, but I would say my debut on the show in 1991 was a special moment for me because I knew it was the start of something special.
What’s on your playlist?
Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran.
What’s the next big thing? The star on the horizon?
This year I’m continuing my Vegas residency, All I Have, in addition to shooting season two of World of Dance. I’ve also finished work on season three of Shades of Blue and my film Second Act, both of which I’m excited to share with everyone. I’m also always working on new music – currently both a Spanish-language album and an English-language album.
What is your favorite denim fit?
High-waisted skinny jeans.
What trend will you never get tired of?
The perfect pair of jeans and a t-shirt will always be the perfect thing to wear no matter what. They will never go out of style.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
How do you manage to make such young love stories even at this age?
Frankly, age has nothing to do with film making. Every thing is in your mind and how to perceive things is what matters.
You seem to have an added attraction towards Mumbai. Any particular reason for that ?
I have spent two years of my student life in Mumbai and have a special bond with the city. The metropolitan culture of the city attracts me big time.
What is Ok Bangaram all about ?
The film showcases various conflicts of life and how a couple survives some tough times in today’s society.
You have shot this film in sync sound. Any particular reason behind this ?
That is how a film should be shot actually. If I get a chance, I would love to do it in my future films as well.
How was it working with P C Sreeram after a long time ?
P C and I go a very long way back. He is like my bounce board and I involve him in every film of mine in some way or the other.
How was the whole experience working with Sirivennela Seetaram Sastry ?
I am very happy and proud that I got to collaborate with such a genius like him for this film.
Tell us about your relation with A R Rahman ?
From the day I met A R, he is the same person and has not changed one bit. I torture him with my ideas and he gets back with his splendid music scores.
You have worked with both Dulquer and his father Mammooty. What differences have you spotted ?
Both the actors are poles apart. Dulquer is in his league of his own and is a great talent to watch out for.
How mischievous were you as a kid?
Could you tell us something about your mother?
What did you like to do as a kid?
How passionate are you for music?
How do you manage to sing without the lyrics book in front of you?
How would you describe your stage shows?
How do you manage to do so many things at the same time?
If somebody made you choose only one between singing, dancing, and acting, what would you choose?
Which was like a dream come true moment for you?
How does it feel to be on the stage with your team?
It would be great if you could share your fitness routine?
Have you started planning your wedding?
How did being a mother affect your work?
Have you been able to keep up with the latest trends in music with your new family?
Did being a mother inspired you to make new music?
What kind of songs did you want to write?
Where did you get the idea to sample lambada?
How is your relationship with your mother in this quarantine period?
You know what? I didn’t used to call my mom very often before all of this. Now, I’m going to call her every day, even after this ends, because I’ve been speaking to her every day.
Do you wish to continue with the daily routine with your mother after the quarantine?
When all of this is over and we all go back to work, whatever that new normal looks like, I want to keep doing it.
How did you feel about this quarantine life?
I’ve experienced a period of anxiety, which is really scary, due to the uncertainty of all of it.
Can you share your thoughts about expanding your family?
I want to! I don’t know that it’s in God’s plan but I would like to try. I’m so open to it!
Can you reveal how having twins changed your life?
I was being careless with myself and my heart. The kids kind of snapped me right out of it because I felt so much responsibility and love for them. Love first and responsibility second. I had to be better.