May 22, 2022

Jennifer Lopez on “Marry Me”, Fame and Ben Affleck

LOS ANGELES — Of course, the fireplace is lit at Jennifer Lopez’s home. It’s a rainy day just a week before Christmas, and his Spanish-style Bel-Air estate is decorated as you’d expect: a garland of pine trees strewn around the mantle, orange roses on the coffee table, a professionally trimmed Christmas tree in the living room.

It’s like a page from a Restoration Hardware catalog, right down to the star herself, dressed in the couture version of the work-from-home uniform: chunky beige sweater, cream sweatpants, Timberlands bling-out. Her hair is pulled back in a bun and a touch of makeup highlights her incredibly dewy skin. The giant diamond studs affixed to her ears are the only true telltale of her status as one of the most famous women on the planet.

Which makes you wonder, does anything happen by accident in Jennifer Lopez’s life? It’s a question to ponder, especially after her new boyfriend, Ben Affleck, came over for a kiss and whispered conversation near a giant gingerbread house covered in the words ‘Affleck Lopez Family’. .

After all, this is a woman who successfully navigated the treacherous waters of stardom for nearly three decades, endured round after round of romance and public breakups, reshaped herself from dancer to singer to actress to producer. At 52, at a time when female stars typically find themselves in ageist, sexist Hollywood purgatory, she seems more relevant than ever.

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Her new movie, the bubbly romantic comedy “Marry Me,” long delayed by the pandemic, opens in theaters and on Peacock on Valentine’s Day weekend. In it, Lopez plays a J.Lo-like superstar trying to negotiate a love life amid the trappings of stardom. (Sound familiar?) She’ll play another bride in “Shotgun Wedding,” due out this summer, before swapping dresses for a role as a deadly assassin in Netflix’s upcoming film “The Mother, which she planned to finish filming in the Canary Islands after the Christmas holidays.

At some point, the streaming service, which last year signed a multi-year deal with Lopez’s company Nuyorican Productions, will also release a documentary that chronicles the year she turned 50 and where all her disparate worlds merged: legitimate recognition for her acting in “Hustlers” (she earned her second Golden Globe nomination and a nod at the SAG Awards), her international concert tour in 2019 and the halftime show of the Super Bowl 2020. The year, she says, “everything I had worked for in movies, music and fashion started happening. »

‘Marry Me,’ which Lopez began working on years ago with his former agent-turned-producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, is something of an explanation of what it’s like to exist in the spotlight. of Lopez, something she calls “a very specific life.” “It’s also a high-flying act, a gamble that she can revive a genre that’s been left for dead by the studio system and rom-com stars of the past.

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