At 46, Lopez is both glamorous and endlessly industrious: a red-carpet star who convincingly portrays a single, blue-collar mom on TV. Her love affairs have all played out in public, making her seem at once formidable and approachable—a kind of people’s diva.
“I’ve been in the grind and the game for a long time. At a certain point, people respect you when they see you fall down and get back up. The more you’re in this life, the more they celebrate your triumphs.”
On her career and personal life: “When it comes to work, I never get tired. But with personal failures, I have thought, This is too hard. When my marriage ended, it was not easy to find forgiveness. It wasn’t the dream that I had hoped for, and it would have been easier to fan the flames of resentment, disappointment, and anger. But Marc is the father of my children, and that’s never going away. So, I have to work to make things right. And that is, by far, the hardest work I do.”
On Casper Smart: “We got together and broke up and are now together again. I still think about getting married and having that long life with someone. I love the movie The Notebook. A dream of mine is to grow old with someone.”
On her work ethic: “I do have trouble saying no. It’s hard for me not to imagine doing everything I am asked to do. Even if I hear a song that someone else has done or watch a film that someone else is in, I think, Oh, I would do it like this. Or, I wish I could do it like that. Luckily, I love to work.”
On her relationship with the public:
“People may now think I’m ‘nice,’ but they still act surprised when I’m smart. It’s a man’s world, and truly, people in a business setting do not value a woman as much as a man. I feel like I’m constantly having to prove myself. If a man does one thing well, people immediately say he’s a genius. Women have to do something remarkable over and over and over.”
“People underestimate me. They always have, and maybe that’s for the best. It’s fun to prove them wrong.”
Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for W magazine.
Fashion credits: Styled by Edward Enninful, Jennifer Lopez wears Chanel on the cover.