10 Fun Facts about Ms. Jennifer Lopez

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It is hard to believe that this talented actresses, singer, and dancer has been ruling Hollywood for over 20 years, but Jennifer Lopez is constantly making herself relevant in the ever changing industry. Jenny from the Block has never been shy about allowing the public into her high profile life, but here are some facts that you might not know about her!

  1. Lopez loves romantic comedies.

In the late 90’s and throughout the 2000’s, this starlet made some of the best rom-coms ever (Wedding Planner and Monster In-Law, anyone?) During an interview with Redbook magazine she said, “I’ve always loved When Harry Met Sally, because it really shows men and women and how they are when it comes to relationships. I also love Prelude to a Kiss, because it’s about someone being in love with not the shell of the woman but her soul, and that’s what I always wanted — someone to love me for my soul, for me as I really am.”  

  1. She is an LGBT advocate.

In April 2014, she accepted the top honors of the organization’s 25th Annual GLADD Media Awards. When accepting the Vanguard Award for her work as an executive producer on the new television series “The Fosters,” she opened up a bit about her gay Aunt Marissa. She said that her late aunt would be “so proud of her.” She also stated in her acceptance speech, “I’ve always felt tremendous love for the LGBT community and the LGBT community has always supported me and returned that love,” she gushed. “That was one reason I wanted to produce this.”

  1. Jennifer can take a joke.

Ellen of television talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is known for getting her celebrity friends to help with hilarious practical jokes. She got J-Lo to wear an ear piece and repeat everything she said while interviewing two hopeful assistants. Playing into her reputation as a diva, Ellen made her repeat stuff like “Is my beauty distracting? Some people are distracted by my beauty” and “What’s one of your favorite songs of mine? … I’m sure you know ‘Jenny from the Block.”  By the end of the joke, Jennifer was laughing as hard as Ellen.

  1. J. Lo does not drink or smoke.

Still globally recognized as one of the most beautiful stars, she credits her young appearance and beauty to avoiding alcohol and cigarettes.  During an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Jennifer said, “I think that ruins your skin. Of course, during celebratory toasts, everybody’s like, ‘You can’t toast with water!’ So I’ll toast with alcohol and just take a sip.” Now if only we could be as dedicated as her!  

  1. She does an awesome Rihanna impersonation.

Jennifer hosted the late night comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” a few years ago and nailed it. One of the best skits was when she did a Rihanna impersonation. During a “We Are the World” parody, she sang in her best RiRi voice even punching it up with some “eh” islander sounds after each verse. If that wasn’t good enough, seeing her in Rihanna’s “Rated R” days outfits was pretty inspiring.

  1. Lopez has the best nicknames.

Everyone who knows Jennifer Lopez knows the J-Lo and Jenny from the Block nickname but here are a few of her nicknames from when she wasn’t famous yet.  When she was still living in the Bronx, her friend’s called her ‘The Supernova.” ‘La Guitarra’ was another nickname because her feminine figure reminded people of the shape of a guitar.

  1. Lopez was a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and NKOTB.

Ms. Lopez got her start as an amazing back-up dancer on the sketch comedy television series ‘In Living Color.’ Afterwards she was nabbed by Janet Jackson and New Kids on the Block. She performed in many of their hit tours throughout the world! You can also see her in one of Janet’s (Ms. Jackson if you are nasty) videos- ‘That’s the Way Love Goes.’

  1. She grinded on MC Hammer when he was popular.

She always seems so dignified and poised but in 1989, before she was a Fly Girl on ‘Living in Color,’ there is a video of her getting personal with MC Hammer.  She used to dance on ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ and was in a promotional video for MC Hammer. Even if you don’t know who MC Hammer is, you should check out the video for a laugh.  

  1. In 2009, she fell on national television twice.

We know we said she was dignified and poised most of the time (when she wasn’t dancing on MC Hammer), but she managed to be klutz even if it was only for two weeks when she managed to fall TWICE on national television. Only one of them was serious though. During her performance at the American Music Awards in 2009, she fell pretty hard on her well-padded bottom after trying to do a jump in sky high heels. At least she had a sense of humor about it and made fun of herself on ‘Ellen’ a few months after the incidents.          

 

10. She was going to be a lawyer.

Of course this was before she became an overnight success as a dancer on ‘In Living Color.’ She told Access Hollywood, “I had worked in a law office, but I was already dancing so I was already kind of falling in love with that very much. So it was kind of like the practical side of like your mom and everybody saying you should become a lawyer and you should do this and you should have that career and me in my mind saying no that’s not what I want.”