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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez's first serious screen role in Gregory Nava's 1995 Latino melodrama My Family followed years of training in television movies and series. Like Rosie Perez, Lopez began her career as a Fly Girl -- a dancer on the sketch comedy series, In Living Color -- and appeared in music videos by Puff Daddy and Janet Jackson. Her big break came in 1997 when she appeared in the title role of Nava's Selena, the story of the successful Tejano singer who was tragically murdered in 1995. Lopez was at first cast as a femme fatale -- due in no small part to her classic Latina beauty (she was born in the Bronx to parents of Puerto Rican descent) -- and worked almost exclusively with acclaimed directors: Francis Ford Coppola (Jack, 1996), Oliver Stone (U-Turn, 1997), and Bob Rafelson (Blood and Wine, 1996). In 1998, she had one of her most acclaimed roles, starring opposite George Clooney in Out of Sight, Steven Soderbergh's adaptation the Elmore Leonard novel. Cast as a deputy federal marshal who falls for a charming criminal (Clooney), Lopez won raves for her tough, sexy performance, and in the process, she became the highest paid Latina actress in Hollywood history. That same year, she earned an introduction to a new generation of fans by lending her voice to the popular Antz (1998). The lavish but much more adult-oriented thriller The Cell (2000) followed shortly thereafter, bringing Lopez one of her first number-one openings. In an attempt to curry favor from the rom-com crowd, Lopez lightened things up a bit opposite Matthew McConaughey in 2001's romantic comedy The Wedding Planner. Though Lopez was consistently smooth in her frequent transitions from actress to songstress, her next role in the supernatural romance Angel Eyes (2001) failed to click with audiences and critics alike, and her role in the cathartic revenge thriller Enough (2002) likewise disappeared from theaters shortly after its release. Though Maid in Manhattan (2002) was ultimately relegated to a similar fate as her last few films, few could anticipate the outright hostility with which her 2003 comedy Gigli would be greeted. In the movie, Lopez was cast as a female gangster assigned to keep an eye on a kidnapper (played by then-real-life-boyfriend Ben Affleck) who is holding a psychologically challenged young boy hostage. The harsh public backlash against the film was likely due (at least in part) to over-saturated media coverage of the duo's tumultuous off-screen relationship. Though the film's failure wasn't exactly what one would call a career-ender for either star, their shoddy onscreen dynamic reportedly led director Kevin Smith to excise most of Lopez' role in the Affleck-starrer Jersey Girl. Finally, in 2005, it appeared the actress' string of bad box-office luck had possibly reached its end. Teaming up with Jane Fonda for the latter thespian's first feature in over a decade, Lopez scored a modest hit with the comedy Monster In-Law. The Lasse Hallstrom-helmed drama An Unfinished Life followed later the same year with Lopez opposite heavy-hitters Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman. In 2006, Lopez tried her hand at producing with Bordertown, a thriller she also starred in opposite Antonio Banderas. In addition to her screen work, Lopez has also enjoyed a successful singing career on the dance-pop circuit. ~ Denise Sullivan, All Movie Guide

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Jennifer Lopez Trivia

When was Jennifer Lopez born?
Jennifer Lopez date of birth: July 24, 1969

What role did Jennifer Lopez play in Monster-in-Law?
Jennifer Lopez played Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini in Monster-in-Law

Who did Jennifer Lopez portray in Maid in Manhattan?
Jennifer Lopez was Marisa Ventura in Maid in Manhattan

Who did Jennifer Lopez portray in Enough?
Jennifer Lopez was Slim in Enough

Who did Jennifer Lopez portray in Angel Eyes?
Jennifer Lopez was Sharon Pogue in Angel Eyes

What role did Jennifer Lopez portray in The Wedding Planner?
Jennifer Lopez played Mary Fiore in The Wedding Planner

Who did Jennifer Lopez play in The Cell?
Jennifer Lopez was Catherine Deane in The Cell

Who did Jennifer Lopez play in Anaconda?
Jennifer Lopez was Terri Flores in Anaconda

Who did Jennifer Lopez portray in Selena?
Jennifer Lopez was Selena Quintanilla in Selena

What role did Jennifer Lopez play in El Cantante?
Jennifer Lopez played Puchi in El Cantante

Who did Jennifer Lopez portray in Bordertown?
Jennifer Lopez was Lauren Adrian in Bordertown

What role did Jennifer Lopez portray in Shall We Dance?
Jennifer Lopez played Paulina in Shall We Dance?

What role did Jennifer Lopez play in An Unfinished Life?
Jennifer Lopez played Jean Gilkyson in An Unfinished Life

Who did Jennifer Lopez play in Gigli?
Jennifer Lopez was Ricki in Gigli

Who did Jennifer Lopez portray in Out of Sight?
Jennifer Lopez was Karen Sisco in Out of Sight

Who did Jennifer Lopez play in Jersey Girl?
Jennifer Lopez was Gertrude in Jersey Girl

Who did Jennifer Lopez play in U-Turn?
Jennifer Lopez was Grace McKenna in U-Turn

Who did Jennifer Lopez play in Jack?
Jennifer Lopez was Miss Marquez in Jack

Who did Jennifer Lopez portray in Money Train?
Jennifer Lopez was Grace Santiago in Money Train

What role did Jennifer Lopez play in Antz?
Jennifer Lopez played Azteca in Antz

Who did Jennifer Lopez play in My Family?
Jennifer Lopez was Young Maria (uncredited) in My Family

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