Jennifer Lopez Says She Felt Empowered Playing a Stripper in 'Hustlers'

Published September 5th, 2019 - 08:11 GMT
In Hustlers, Jennifer plays Ramona Vega
In Hustlers, Jennifer plays Ramona Vega
She takes on the role of a stripper-turned-criminal mastermind in her latest film, Hustlers. 

And Jennifer Lopez has revealed that she felt 'liberated and empowered' shooting the scenes as she felt as though she had put herself out there. 

Speaking with ES magazine, the 50-year-old singer also discussed her traditional values as she confessed that she and fiance Alex Rodriguez find marriage very important.

In Hustlers, Jennifer plays Ramona Vega, a veteran stripper who mentors a new dancer and helps set up her scam to hustle dozens of wealthy men out of their money. 

Discussing her role, J Lo explained:  ‘I’m used to being on stage in sexy costumes, but I have three layers of tights and fishnets and a bodysuit. 

'It was a brand-new feeling to come out practically naked, in front of all those men — 300 extras hooting and hollering — and dance for money. 

'There’s something liberating and empowering about it, but you’re really out there, physically, emotionally and psychologically.’

Traditional values: The 50-year-old singer also discussed her traditional values as she confessed that she and fiance Alex Rodriguez find marriage very important

Jennifer also discussed her relationship with Alex, as she explained that her traditional Latin values are her driving force for marriage.  

The stunning songstress had been dating A-Rod for two years before he popped the question in March this year, and wedding plans have been ongoing.

She reasoned: '[Marriage is] important for both of us. We both come from traditional Latin families and we want that. 

'Everyone wants somebody to grow old with. At the end of the day, how much work can you do, how much money can you make, and what does it all matter? It doesn’t, really.’

As a proud Latina, the Love Don't Cost a Thing singer also discussed her desire for more representation in the media, claiming: 'I am always been trying to push for more Latin women in lead roles. 

'I’ve been doing romantic comedy leads since I was in my 20s — and those are always, traditionally, a certain type of actress that plays those roles — and that moves the needle a little bit. 

'We want to keep moving towards things in movies looking the way they are in real life. How long is it going to take until it’s really, truly equal? I don’t know. All we can do is keep trying to move in that direction, keep forcing the issue.’ 

As for making it in the film industry herself, she claimed it was her 'toughness' that has kept her going.

She explained: ‘Ambition for sure, and also toughness.

'This business is not for the faint-hearted — it eats people up. To survive in it for as many years as I have, you’ve got to have a tough skin.’ 

Jennifer began her acting career in 1991 with a role in sketch series, In Living Color, before taking on roles in the likes of Selena, Anaconda and Out of Sight, becoming one of the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood. 

Now, with a film gross of $3 billion and estimated global sales of 80 million records, Jennifer is widely regarded as the most influential Latin performer in the US, and is still determined to keep performing.  

Discussing her milestone 50th birthday, she admitted: ‘Did I think I would be doing this at 50? I didn’t think I’d stop, but I didn’t know that it would be the best moment of my life. 

'We’re conditioned to think, as women, that it would be over by now. And the truth is, it’s not like that at all. I find myself growing and getting better every year and that’s exciting.’  

The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine, out Thursday September 5. 



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