Well, that was inspiring.
Jennifer Lopez is one of the most talked about women in the world, from her iconic red carpet looks and sassy remarks to her relationship with American baseball player Alex Rodriguez (A Rod).
But it wasn’t her love life that got the attention of the world this week. Instead, all eyes were on the ‘Jenny From The Block’ singer as she dished out some top quality career advice.
The advice in question was revealed by her recent Second Act co-star and onscreen daughter, Vanessa Hudgens, who explained how J-Lo coached her on her career during filming.
‘She told me, “If you aren’t happy in a certain aspect of your career, look at who is doing what you want to be doing, and mimic it,”’ Vanessa recalled while promoting the new film, coming to UK cinemas later this month. ‘[Jennifer] was great at being like, “In order to do that, you’ve got to do this,” and she spells it out in the most simplistic way possible. And I’d be like, “Oh yeah, of course, I’ll do that, and I’m going to conquer the world just like you!”’
‘I don’t let the opinions of others really influence how I think about myself,’ the 49-year-old explained in a discussion before the screening of Second Act. ‘That took a long time, because in the early part of my career I did and it made me feel really bad about myself.’
She continued: ‘So I came out and my first song went to no. 1, my first album went to no. 1, and my first movie went to no. 1, and I was like “yeah, I’m killin’ it.” And then everyone was like “she can’t sing, she can’t dance, she can’t act – she’s just a pretty face” or “her butt is big”, or whatever they were saying about me, and I started thinking “yeah, that’s true.” And it really hurt me for a long time.’
‘Despite the hurt and the pain I just kept going,’ she explained. ‘I just couldn’t allow myself to let that become who I was. I was like “no, I’m going to make another record, I’m going to make another song, I’m going to make another movie, I’m a great actress, I’m a great singer, I’m a great dancer. I’m great at this stuff and I’m going to keep going.” And I did. And that’s all I did — I kept going.’
Well, that’s our daily dose of inspiration!
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