Is She Still Jenny From The Block? A Glimpse At JLo’s Life Behind The Scenes
Though it sometimes comes as a surprise, the truth is some celebrities put on a front while in public to give themselves a good rep. Love from people and the media is essential to keep them at the top since a considerable part of their job success rate depends on getting loads of attention.
But this just makes you wonder how some celebs are behind closed doors. Since she is one of the most popular names in showbiz, we’ve decided to feature the multifaceted singer, actress, dancer, and overall high-profile entertainer Jennifer Lopez in our article today.
There are loads of mixed reports on how the A-lister behaves when she’s away from public eyes, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do some research to either prove or dispel those notions. Here are 40 instances that show the BTS of JLo’s public persona.
Refusing to perform
Usually, when stars are just kickstarting their career, they like to do everything in their power to be on the good side of everyone they come across. However, this doesn’t seem to have been the MO JLo used in the nineties.
Reports say that she made some ridiculous demands, refusing to perform on the British TV show Top Of The Pops until they were met. Fellow pop star Dannii Minogue revealed that Jennifer said she would not sing until her backstage room was fully redecorated in white.
Banning Marc Anthony from set – for thoughtful reasons
Actors and actresses often reach a time in their careers where they have to play a role that either they themselves or the people they love would find difficult to see them in. This is especially common when it comes to steamy scenes.
Marc Anthony, one of the best-selling tropical salsa artists in the genre’s history and JLo’s former husband, would reportedly be banned from set whenever JLo was filming a steamy scene with another man. We doubt she is the only actor who has such a policy.
Throwing tantrums on a birthday bash
The most critical moments in our lives can bring with them a whirlwind of emotions, not just good ones but oftentimes unpleasant ones as well. We are not sure if you guys can relate, but we’re certain Jennifer Lopez most definitely can.
During the star’s 40th birthday, reports have it that she threw a tantrum when her guests were late. It was an exclusive dinner party, and some guests even arrived past midnight without a heads-up! No judgment here. We’d be extremely upset, too!
JLo drove Cameron Diaz loco
It’s pretty common in Hollywood to hear of a situation where two stars who are super close on screen don’t get along behind the scenes. Think of people like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall on Sex and The City and, apparently, JLo and Cameron Diaz on What To Expect When You’re Expecting.
An inside source revealed that there was a lot of tension, with Cam complaining about the number of people Jennifer had on set with her as well as not being impressed with the speculations JLo was divorcing her then-husband, Marc Anthony. JLo, on the other hand, would just pretend Cam didn’t exist.
Bonding over humble beginnings
While she might not have had the best time working with Cameron Diaz, Jeniffer Lopez made quite the impression on several other sets and actors. One of them is the star of the popular American drama series Power, Omari Hardwick.
During an interview with People, Omari revealed that he and Jennifer bonded over a lot of similarities they share, especially their humble backgrounds as well as their athletic prowess. He described her as a “perfect humble force of a woman to be around.”
Comments on Gwyneth Paltrow
As it is with most professions, stars always have strong opinions about their fellow entertainers. In fact, some often have more than a handful to say. Though a number of them try to watch their words, JLo wasn’t one to do that. At least not in the nineties.
During an interview, she was asked about a couple of the other top female stars of the era, and she had a lot to say about some of them. On Gwyneth Paltrow, she claimed she barely knows her work, saying she’d heard more about her and Brad Pitt’s relationship than her films.
Raising her kids
As the star of the 2023 Netflix action thriller The Mother and being one herself, Jennifer Lopez opened up about what it’s like to raise kids. The star spoke about how she wished she could protect them from all the dangers that come with having famous parents.
JLo said she’d love to protect them from the judgment and bullying many people might want to direct towards them because of their status. That said, she acknowledges it’s a topic not many people will be able to relate to, but we think it’s still quite valid.
Why she walks a step behind her husband Ben Affleck – BEST IMAGE / BACKGRID
Celebrities have to endure loads of speculations about their work life and personal matters. Those who care about the effects of such rumors often like to dispel them and reveal the truth or some version of their side of the story to the public whenever they get the chance.
Though it may sound strange and even silly, some people apparently associate the fact that JLo often walks behind her hubby, Ben Affleck, with them having problems. However, she explained that since Ben is so much taller than her, this helps to compensate for the height difference when they walk hand in hand.
Rumored beef with Christina Milian
Christina Milian, the Love Don’t Cost A Thing actress and Dip it Low singer, kicked off her career with musical appearances and co-writing hits for other artists, like Jennifer Lopez. For instance, Christina wrote one of Jlo’s hit singles, Play.
She also provided some vocal work for the track but didn’t get a feature, making people wonder if there was beef between the two. Christina came out to clear the air, saying there was no such thing. To prove this, Jlo even invited her to a party sometime in March 2023.
Manipulating the wardrobe for her benefit
Some people just know what works better for them in terms of makeup and style. This is actually a very valuable skill, especially in showbiz. Those two things play a huge role in influencing your impression and can make or break your look.
Jennifer Lopez kicked off her career by appearing in In Living Color, where she played one of the “Fly Girls,” a dance group whose choreographer was Rosie Perez. Rosie revealed the other dancers had endless complaints about Jennifer as she’d manipulate the wardrobe and makeup for her benefit.
Without a doubt, privacy is one of the most difficult things to have when you’re famous. That’s why some celebrities can sometimes appear a bit rude with the demands they make. Having said that, while we can defend some, there are others that are just downright cray cray.
Apparently, Jennifer Lopez banned staff who were working on her new home sometime in 2012 from speaking to her or even making eye contact with her. We’re not exactly sure what her motivations were, but we do find it a bit too much.
Comments on Cameron Diaz
Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz’s history runs much further than before What To Expect When You’re Expecting. In the next one, we found a report about the two from the nineties. This one actually stung a little because we love Cameron and have missed her since she retired from acting.
During an interview in 1998, JLo had more than a handful to say about some actresses who were at their peak at the time, like Cameron Diaz. The singer said Cameron was just a lucky model who’s been given numerous opportunities she wishes she would have done more with. Yikes!
Jennifer Lopez and German maid situation
For celebs, one rule stays true when traveling or just out in public: stay on the lookout for crazy fans and any potential threats. This is probably the mindset JLo’s security had in mind when a maid asked for her autograph while she was in Germany.
JLo rejected the request, and shortly after reporting the incident to her superior, the maid was fired. Although it’s unclear what exactly went down and why the maid was fired (seeing as the maid and the hotel gave different accounts), one thing remains clear: the maid was let go after the incident.
Claims she refuses to hire virgos
Look, we all know people are entitled to their beliefs and the reservations that come with them. Everyone is entitled to one or a couple of those, including celebrities. However, we draw the line when it adversely affects a group of innocent people for no reason.
According to Heather Morris, a Glee actress, JLo absolutely refused to hire any Virgos as her backup dancers during one of her tours. The actress revealed during a podcast that the dancers were dismissed after auditioning. Not sure how that has any bearing on their credibility as performers, but okay.
Obsessed with white
Apparently, it wasn’t just on Top Of The Pops where Jennifer Lopez made an insane all-white room demand. There have been reports of her doing it even after. She reportedly demands that all her hotel rooms and spaces be decorated in all white to suit her taste.
While we aren’t exactly sure of the credibility of these exact claims, we do know that JLo is certainly obsessed with white. She got married to Ben Affleck in a white chapel and once redecorated her home into some kind of winter wonderland for Christmas.
Doesn’t speak to service staff
Many stars have been accused of being rude or demeaning to some of the people they come across for absolutely no reason. Jlo’s case is quite similar but still a bit different. The Maid in Manhattan actress reportedly refuses to talk to the service staff at all.
A flight attendant once asked her for her choice of beverage on a trip, and she flat-out refused to talk to him. She reportedly didn’t even spare him a chance. Instead, she spoke to her assistant, who conveyed the information to the poor flight attendant.
Comments on Madonna
It often happens that a celeb who excels in one sphere of the entertainment industry totally sucks in another. Although we’ve seen a couple of them do extremely well in more than one industry (e.g., Lady Gaga), some would be better off sticking to what they know.
This is totally subjective, though, and is often a matter of personal opinion. JLo had an interesting comment about Madonna’s craft, which she expressed sometime in the late nineties. She said she believed Madonna was a good performer but wasn’t impressed with her acting.
Claims of stinginess
It takes a lot of hard work to make wads of cash, so it’s understandable when we see uber-rich people being reserved about spending loads of money. That being said, there are instances where courtesy demands you drop a few bucks, like when you’re being offered a service.
Ben Affleck seems to share this notion with us. The actor is said to have generously tipped a Las Vegas waitress a staggering ten thousand dollars once. JLo was apparently displeased by this gesture, snatching the money away, leaving her husband absolutely mortified.
Fiat ad controversy
As a major A-list star in Hollywood, it’s expected that you would get all kinds of endorsements and be asked to do different kinds of ads. The Italian Automobile manufacturing company Fiat once hired JLo for a gig that didn’t go very well.
The campaign flopped, mainly because of the controversy surrounding it. Despite being set in New York, it wasn’t filmed there. JLo reportedly refused to go to the Bronx, so she used a stand-in and filmed it in LA, something people found disheartening. She may be from the Bronx, but she’s certainly not going back!
Jennifer on Winona Ryder
We believe that while there’s freedom of speech, there are things that should just be kept to oneself. You often see celebrities say things that shouldn’t have been said that end up stirring controversies, making sordid headlines, and creating stories, both factual and fiction.
During JLo’s infamous interview in 1998, it wasn’t just Salma Hayek, Madonna, Cameron Diaz, and Gwyneth Paltrow she had something to say about. She also said that although Winona Ryder is revered and gets nominated for Academy Awards, she’s never actually heard anyone admit their love for her as an actress.
When someone is heavily stacked, you expect them to extend some of that generous cash to at least the people who work for them. But sadly, this isn’t always the case. Jennifer Lopez is reportedly not just stingy to waiters but also to her staff.
Sources have it that Jennifer Lopez underpays her staff, with some even reporting she gives them the very least possible: minimum wage. Seeing as she reportedly takes home over forty million a year, that’s a bit too low for the people who work under her.
A lot of big companies and personalities often have a disturbing culture where the staff are heavily overworked, which ends up causing them a lot of strain. And we’re not just talking physically but also mentally. It seems like working for JLo isn’t so different.
Just as some reports say she underpays her staff, they apparently also report that the people who work under the actress are incredibly overworked. Another unfortunate instance of those with more taking advantage and overlooking the efforts of their subordinates.
A sweet tooth
Everybody has one form of indulgence or another, and it comes in many forms, including things like expensive jewelry, trips, and even hobbies. When it’s things like food, for many people, it’s meat, and for others, like JLo, it’s sweets.
Seeing as she’s in such incredible shape and has ageless skin, we automatically assumed she follows the strictest of diets and doesn’t touch anything that could mess with her aesthetic. Then again, everyone deserves their cheat days every now and then.
It’s almost impossible to have the bodies most stars possess nowadays without a bit of exercise or help in the form of surgery. Some even opt for pills. While some people like to take the easy route and go for the latter options, others bite the bullet and hit the gym.
As for Jennifer Lopez, she likes to kick off her day by burning some calories and breaking a sweat despite her ultra-busy schedule. She says and gives the impression that fitness truly is an essential motivating factor in her life and has helped keep her healthy (not to mention stunning!)
Part-time fitness influencer
We absolutely love celebrities who enjoy sharing the stuff that happens in their lives, especially if some of it might be of benefit to us. From cooking advice to tips about parenting and even how to get more fit and stay healthy, we love it all.
Jennifer Lopez, being the fitness goddess she is, is always blessing us with one or two pictures of her covered in sweat, serving as motivation for her fans to go and hit the gym themselves. We love us a celeb who supports a healthy lifestyle!
For people with a massive public image and who are known for being wealthy, it’s very much expected by the masses that they give some of that back to enrich society. After all, it’s just simple human decency to be a blessing to those who need it most.
For Jennifer Lopez, this comes in the form of her numerous donations to charity, teaming up with Amnesty International to raise awareness about Mexican femicide, doing photoshoots to raise awareness for a bone marrow donation non-profit as well as many others.
Pic perfect nips
Loads of celebrities tend to go to great lengths to make sure they look absolutely perfect for public appearances and just about anything that will influence their image. That’s exactly what Jennifer did for her 2002 music video Jenny from the Block.
Apparently, she had to get a stylist who would rub ice around her nipples during the duration of the filming so they would stay erect and visible in the video. Don’t know if you would find that necessary, but we do think it’s a bit much. Nonetheless, she made an impression.
Her views on her dating life
It’s no secret to anyone who knows details about the star that she’s had quite the dating history. She’s now in her fourth marriage and has had multiple high-reputation partners in the past, like Diddy and ARod. She speaks to some of her closest companions about what she believes about her love life.
Her long-time manager and the god-father of her twins, Benny Medina, said during a discussion about a man she dated who was 24 while she was in her forties, Jen said she was just being open after coming out of a relationship where she felt like she wasn’t getting what she needed.
Standing her ground
In the world of entertainment today, basically all the stars we know have gotten one cosmetic procedure or another done on their bodies. So we have come to expect and even predict the kind of things different celebs have gotten worked on. But it appears that isn’t the case with the immortal JLo.
Apparently, when she was in her early twenties, she was advised by a partner to get Botox, seeing as he had noticed a little line appearing on her forehead. She rejected his offer many times and is glad she did; who knows what she’d have looked like starting Botox in her twenties!
Comments on Salma Hayek
We absolutely live for all the unfiltered moments we get to experience when it comes to celebrities. It is so refreshing to see them come out of the shell they’ve made to up their public image as it allows us to see their true colors.
As such, we got quite a glimpse of JLo when she did an interview in 1998 and spilled all her notions on the trending A-list actresses of the time, one of which was Salma Hayek. She took a jibe at Hayek, saying she lied about being offered the role for Selena.
Incredible hotel demands
Being famous comes with a lot of good stuff, especially the money. That’s why these guys can afford to go on super expensive trips, get themselves the most expensive luxury goods, and have the most absurd hotel requests fulfilled wherever they stay.
Back in 2007, she made a trip to London and stayed in one of the city’s most reputable hotels. The actress was meant to be there for only two days, but she made sure to send the hotel a two-page-long list of things she required to make her stay more comfy.
No man is an island, and just about every artist that has ever existed has drawn inspiration from other people in the industry. Jennifer Lopez is also not an exception to this rule, as she often listens to other artists.
Previously, whenever she was staying at a hotel, she wouldn’t just make requests for regular stuff like mineral water or cookies. She’d also ask for a VRC or CD player alongside all kinds of discs of her favorite artists. Of course, this was all before iPods and all the fancy tech stuff we have now.
Head turning travel
At the end of the day, celebs are still human and think a lot like the rest of us. That’s why it’s common to see them do stuff like grab a coffee, sit out and have drinks, or even take walks. On her part, JLo likes to take things up a notch sometimes.
While promoting her movie Maid In Manhattan, she took a trip to Britain and stayed in London, where she pulled a rather unusual stunt. She had a fleet of limos take her from one hotel to the other within the city. Keep in mind that they were just about a hundred meters away from each other!
Behind the wheel
Stars, like all of us, lie. Sometimes it’s to protect their image, but many other times, we just can’t make out the reason behind some of their silly lies, like the one involving a birthday gift JLo’s former husband gave her on her birthday.
ARod gifted her a red Porsche for one of her birthdays, and after receiving the gift, JLo said she’s never driven a car. However, he once posted a video of her behind the wheel of a car saying, “Let me see if I remember how to drive,” indicating that she knows how to do it.
No female flight attendants
Dealing with infidelity can take a toll on people, and the victims tend to put up barriers to protect themselves, either mentally or physically. Sometimes, they even go as far as imposing these barriers on the people they love, just like in the case of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.
When news broke out that he had a fling with a female flight attendant, JLo automatically became very wary of them and reportedly doesn’t like having any on her flights now. She brings a male personal assistant to act as one for trips.
Staying fit and keeping it
Turns out JLo isn’t just about keeping herself in shape but also those around her. Before she tied the knot with the actor, filmmaker, and Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, reports have it that she put him on a strict diet.
He also had to take up a workout regimen, and they’d reportedly be up by around 5 a.m. to get started. We don’t have much to say on the matter because it isn’t such a bad practice, and if Ben’s okay with it (and gets to look this good!), who are we to complain?
It seems like JLo just doesn’t have the best luck when it comes to picking partners who won’t go behind her back and do her dirty by cheating with someone else. We’ve seen one story from Marc Anthony, and here’s the one about Alex Rodriguez.
When the two were still together, stories came out that he had been cheating on his girl with a reality star. The woman in question revealed that they did exchange messages, but nothing deep ever happened. After that, JLo requested to always have full access to his device at all times.
No more than three
But it looks to us that Jennifer did more than just have access to Alex’s phone. She apparently also controlled his alcohol intake. Reports say that the actress set a limit on how much her partner could drink when he was out of town and not around her.
The number of drinks was three and no more. It was a rule she was strict with, seeing as she herself doesn’t have alcohol or even caffeine, saying it ruins the skin. Looks like it wasn’t something she wanted the man she was with to overindulge in.
No more kids
Before two people make the decision to settle down together, there are choices they have to make in order to make sure things run as smoothly as they can. One of the essential discussions they definitely need to have is about kids.
Jennifer Lopez apparently did just that before she walked down the aisle to wed Ben Affleck, with both of them agreeing to not have any more kids. Ben already has three with his ex, Jennifer Garner, and Jen, twins with her ex, Marc Anthony.
Cheating is a deal-breaker
Not many people have the heart to tolerate cheating from a partner and put the instance behind them. Like many of us, Jennifer Lopez falls in that group. At least, that’s what we thought after we heard the story behind her and Rodriguez’s break up.
Reports say that Jennifer didn’t end things with Alex because he cheated on her but because he did it and also had a reputation for it. Maybe like most of us, JLo also thought that what they had was special and that she would be the exception. We never learn!