Jennifer Lopez Has Never Wanted To Blend In
W's May cover star Jennifer Lopez talks 'West Side Story' ambitions, breaking Hollywood molds, and the first time she was recognized on the street after her breakthrough role in 'Selena.'
Released on 4/14/2016
Well, I always loved musicals,
and West Side Story was a big musical for us.
We watched it every year when it came on at Thanksgiving.
I think that was the beginning of me wanting
to sing and dance.
I really wanted to be Anita.
I felt like that was the role that was more suited to me.
She danced, and she was sassy,
and she had the cool boyfriend,
who was the head of the gang.
It's all started going wrong back then.
When I went out to Hollywood,
yeah, I was, I went out there to
audition to be a Fly Girl.
In the beginning, they definitely want to put you
in a box.
Like, okay, here's the Latin girl.
She can do these type of roles.
Everything was for like a Rosie Perez type.
That wasn't me.
Very different than that.
I was a Latin girl, but I wasn't that type
of Latin girl.
Then I did Money Train, where I was just a role.
I didn't have to be white or black or Latin or anything.
It was just a role.
I never thought about fame until it started happening to me.
That was the first time I ever had any boughts
with anxiety and panic attacks.
Because, I had never really thought about it,
until right after I did Selena,
and I was walking down the street,
and for the first time ever, somebody was like Jennifer!
I turned around and this person
was acting like they knew me,
and I didn't know them.
For 20-something years of my life
I've just been able to walk down the street,
and do whatever I want,
and now, if I want to be alone on the street,
It gave me a lot of anxiety for awhile.
Then, you know, you just start learning how to deal with it.
When I was little, I loved Madonna.
Early Madonna, before she cut her hair for True Blue.
Lucky Star Madonna, the one who used to wear
the rubber bracelets,
and had the really ratty hair,
I loved that.
I love getting dressed up.
That's just the girl in me.
It's really fun for me to put together the looks,
and I don't wanna blend in to the background.
That's not my style, you know what I mean?
I want something that's gonna make a statement.
Something I'm gonna feel great in.
Probably my 40th birthday,
it was very memorable.
Mark, my husband at the time,
and Benny Medina, my manager,
through this huge party for me.
It was a big surprise,
it was a big secret.
We got really dressed up,
and we went to, as we were turning the street
was like in the 40s I remember.
I can't remember what street it was on.
As we walked down there was a marque and it said,
Whatever Lola wants,
and the music for Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets
was playing outside,
like in the streets.
♫W Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets
and I was like, What is going on?
'Cause Mark used to nickname for me was Lola.
I'm like, What is going on?
Then we got there,
and it was just like a movie premiere.
I went in and all my friends were there,
and it was just, it was fantastic.