Famous actress, singer and dancer. Popular culture icon. She is an Emmy and Grammy nominee and holder of her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But nevertheless, Jennifer Lopez he does not yet feel that he is part of the upper echelons of the entertainment industry. He argues that to date there are comments that disparage his work in the musical and audiovisual field, which promotes his exclusion from more prestigious circles.
In a recent interview with rolling stone (via) Jennifer Lopez, alias JLo, confessed that – contrary to popular belief – her thirty years of fruitful career have not been enough to position her name within the list of “great artists” today. “I think I’m someone inferior”expressed the fiftieth actor. “I always feel like I’m scraping from the bottom”.
On the other hand, she does not rule out that such a feeling comes from her humble origins, her Latin descent and her status as a woman: three factors that until today sadly represent external obstacles to getting ahead.
“I always felt like I wasn’t the one who was supposed to be in the room. That’s part of being a woman, Puerto Rican and from the Bronx. [Es parte de] not being born into a family with money [y de] don’t know anyone in the business. I just walked out and said, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to try, I’m going to try to get in here,'” she added.
JLo rose to fame in 1997, thanks to her starring in the biographical tape Selena by Gregory Nava. Thanks to this project, the New Yorker became the first Latin actress to earn more than $1 million dollars for a movie. Likewise, her interpretation of Selena Quintanilla earned her her first Golden Globe nomination; a second happened just in 2020, on the occasion of the criminal drama Wall Street Scammers. In fact, her absence from the Oscar that year was much commented on, since the forecasts pointed to her —for that same feature film— she would aspire to recognition for Best Supporting Actress.
Perhaps that omission from the Academy reflects the unflattering comments that, for decades, Jennifer Lopez has heard and that deprive her of greater recognition.
“It’s just 20 or 25 years of people saying, ‘Well, she’s not that good. She’s pretty and she makes pretty music, but she’s not really this and that,'” she told rolling stone. “I think I’ve done a good job over the years, a really good job. But there is a club that he just wasn’t part of. And I always acted like, ‘Yeah, I’m fine. But it hurts not to be included. I don’t know if I ever will be. There is an inner circle, of the type: ‘We are the great artists’. And then there are the pop artists.
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