Jennifer Lopez is reinventing herself yet again. After a dalliance with a one-track alterego named Lola, the superstar is busy becoming hyper-J.Lo, promoting her new (not shitty?) romcom, and covering both Elle and Latina during the month of February.
The two interviews are looking like night and day.
A more down-to-earth Jennifer Lopez was profiled in Latina, and says things like:
On Her Feelings While Seeing Former Romantic Interests Featured in Her Work:
"Exposed? Vulnerable? Do I cringe? [Laughs] No, no, it's a literal snapshot. Every one of my albums is very spot-on with who I was at the time. I've always been a person who is guided by my gut, my heart, and I love that about myself. I think the day I don't do that is when I lose my way. I can't regret the things I did in the past, like putting somebody in a video that I was with. Who cares? I think people relate to me because they know that I'm not being phony."
Why El Cantante was Oscar Worthy:
"I feel like I had that [Oscar worthy role] in El Cantante, but I don't even think the academy members saw it. I feel like it's their responsibility to do that, to see everything that's out there, everything that could be great." "Well, it is a little bit frustrating. It was funny; when the Oscars were on, I had just given birth on the 22nd, and the Oscars, I think, were a day or two later. I was sitting there with my twins-I couldn't have been happier-but I was like, ‘How dope would it have been if I would've won the Oscar and been here in my hospital bed accepting the award?' ‘Thank you so much! I just want to thank the academy!' But we joked about it. It's all good. Things will happen when they're supposed to happen. I have the utmost faith and no doubt that it will one day, when and if it's supposed to. You can't get all crazy twisted over it."
Meanwhile, over at Elle HQ, Hyper J.Lo wasn't taking any prisoners:
On the merit of her romantic comedies:
"I think Maid in Manhattan and Monster-in-Law are very layered movies. And that's why they're so successful. People don't like shitty romantic comedies. Nothing that's shitty is going to make $100 million."
Madame Lopez, this was the year of shitty movies winning at the box office. We're a captive audience in a recession. We'd watch Itchy & Scratchy. Or Snakes on a Plane on Ice. You and Mariah Carey could come out with a Divas On Parade Movie and it would do $100 million. Thinky movies are played out.
Aside from all that, it's interesting to see where she is heading.
On competing with twenty-something pop idols as a 40-year-old mom:
"This is what I do-what, because I have kids and a husband now I'm not supposed to be me? I'm a more heightened me if anything. Hyper J.Lo. Everything I wanted before, I want twice as much now. And that doesn't mean material things; it means to explore more, to think more. Being an artist doesn't start because you're 21, and it doesn't end because you're 51. You are who you are until the day you die."
I guess Jenny ain't from the block no more. But when you are so famous you don't even think of "opening the door for yourself" or keeping keys in your pocket, it's a natural progression.