Jennifer Lynn Affleck, (née Lopez; born July 24, 1969), a.k.a. J. Lo, is an American singer/actress/dancer/producer/designer/TV show judge.
Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, her career started as one of the dancers in In Living Color! before she landed a star-making role in the biopic about the singer Selena. More acting roles followed as did a career in music. Her debut album, 1999's On The 6 was a huge hit and helped spearhead what music critics called "The Latin Invasion" of 1999 along with Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, and future husband Marc Anthony. In 2001, she became the first performer with a #1 movie (The Wedding Planner) and #1 album (J.Lo, from her famous nickname) in the same week.
Her relationship with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs fell apart, in the wake of Combs being accused of gun possession, shooting, and injuring people at a nightclub (a charge he was ultimately acquitted of). She moved onto a high profile relationship with Ben Affleck, spawning the nickname "Bennifer" and producing the critical and commercial flop Gigli. Her music career stalled after the release of the single "Jenny from the Block", which (although a huge hit) was supposed to address accusations that she was a money-grubbing sell-out, but only made things worse with its video, which was the exact opposite of what the song was trying to say. The romance between Lopez and Affleck ended in 2004... only to restart 17 years later (with Lopez having spent a decade married to Anthony in the interim), leading to their marriage in 2022.
She's done some advocacy work in various ways, including vaccination awareness for some diseases, and for awareness of violence against women. Interestingly enough, before she became famous, she was simply a paralegal and Notary Public working to an attorney.
Lopez still acts and records music, and as of the 2011 season, appeared as a judge on American Idol. Her most famous physical... asset is her large, curvy rear, which has sparked a few talk show punchlines. Ironically, diet and fitness had already whittled her posterior to average size by 1999, which probably says more about Hollywood's standards than J. Lo's bum. In 2020, she co-headlined the Super Bowl LIV halftime show with fellow Latina performer Shakira.
- On the 6 (1999)
- J.Lo (2001)
- This Is Me... Then (2002)
- Rebirth (2005)
- Como ama una Mujer (2007)
- Brave (2007)
- Love? (2011)
- Dance Again: The Hits (2012)
- AKA (2014)
- This Is Me... Now (2023)
- In Living Color! (1991-93) as Fly Girl
- My Family (1995) as Young Maria
- Jack (1996) as Miss Marquez
- Blood and Wine (1996) as Gabriella
- Anaconda (1997) as Terry Flores
- Selena (1997) as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
- U Turn (1997) as Grace McKenna
- Out of Sight (1998) as Karen Sisco
- Antz (1998) as Azteca (voice)
- The Cell (2000) as Catherine Deane
- Angel Eyes (2001) as Sharon Pogue
- The Wedding Planner (2001) as Mary Fiore
- Enough (2002) as Slim Hiller
- Maid in Manhattan (2002) as Marisa Ventura
- Gigli (2003) as Ricki
- Jersey Girl (2004) as Gertrude Steiney
- Shall We Dance (2004) as Paulina
- Monster-in-Law (2005) as Charlotte Cantilini
- An Unfinished Life (2005) note as Jean Gilkyson
- The Back-up Plan (2010) as Zoe
- How I Met Your Mother (2010) as Anita Appleby (1 episode)
- What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) as Holly
- Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) as Shira (voice)
- Parker (2013) as Leslie Rodgers
- The Fosters (2013-2018; executive producer only)
- The Boy Next Door (2015) as Claire Peterson (also producer)
- Home (2015) as Lucy Tucci (voice)
- Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) as Shira (voice)
- Shades of Blue (2016-2019) as Harlee Santos (also executive producer)
- Second Act (2018) as Maya (also producer)
- Hustlers (2019) as Ramona Vega (also producer)
- Marry Me (2022) as Kat Valdez (also producer)
- Shotgun Wedding (2023) as Darcy (also producer)
Don't be fooled by the tropes that I got/I'm still, I'm still Jenny from the Block:
- Auto-Tune: One of the remixes of "If You Had My Love" is autotuned (which no less than T-Pain credited with inspiring him to make the technique his trademark), and more recently, her cover of "Venus".
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears a midriff-revealing outfit in quite a few music videos and stage performances to show off her abs.
- Casting Gag: Her being cast in Home; the movie was based on a book called The True Meaning of Smekday, and in that book, the main alien character was named J.Lo, after her. Her being cast caused him to get an Adaptational Name Change (Oh).
- Earn Your Happy Ending: "Waiting For Tonight". Basically, she (or the protagonist, as it's unclear if it's about her or not), has had a ton of failed relationships and is terribly lonely. Then, one day, she finally manages to find true love.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Including the line "Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got".
- Gender-Blender Name: Played characters named Slim (Enough), Charlie (Monster-In-Law), and Ricki (Gigli).
- In Da Club: The setting of "On The Floor" and "Get Right" are exciting, sexy nightclubs.
- Ms. Fanservice: Several songs play up her sex appeal, for example "Get Right", where she's wearing several midriff-exposing outfits and dancing sensually. The green Versace number she wore to the Emmys is still-remembered as one of the sexiest signature looks of the decade.
- New Sound Album:
- N-Word Privileges: She created controversy when she jarringly dropped the N-bomb in "I'm Real (Murder Remix)." The black rapper Ja Rule (who co-wrote and was featured in the remix) came to her defense, saying that she wasn't the first Latin person to say the n-word and that it was just another thing for people to complain about her. Clearly, not everyone agrees that it was acceptable for Jennifer to say it. note
- She later avoided this issue with the single "I Luh Ya Papi", whose original version written by Tinashe was called "I Luh You Nigga".
- Naked in Mink:
- In a photoshoot◊ for Movieline magazine she wore a white fox wrap around her torso.
- Some scenes in the "Jenny from the Block" video show her in a fur coat, silver-grey bikini bottoms, and not much else.
- Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Booty", about a beautiful woman with a "big booty" (the phrase is repeated several times in the verses and chorus).
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Has quite a few songs with a featured rapper. To name a couple: