When Lopez was born, the family was living in a small apartment in the Castle Hill neighborhood. A few years later, her parents had saved up enough money to be able to purchase a two-story house, which was considered a big deal for the relatively poor family. She toured New York with her school when she was seven years old. Her parents stressed the importance of work ethic and being able to speak English.
They encouraged their three daughters to put on performances at home—singing and dancing in front of each other and their friends so that they would stay "out of trouble". She auditioned and was cast in My Little Girl , a low-budget film co-written and directed by Connie Kaiserman.
After she finished filming her role in the film, Lopez realized that she wanted to become a "famous movie star". To please her parents, though, she enrolled in Baruch College , only to drop out after one semester. She told her parents about her dream of becoming a movie star, but they insisted that it was a "really stupid" idea and that "no Latinos did that".
The differences in opinions led Lopez to move out of their family home and into an apartment in Manhattan. During this period, Lopez performed in regional productions of the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma!
From there, she was hired for the chorus in a Golden Musicals of Broadway, which toured Europe for five months. She was unhappy with the role, as she was the only member of the chorus not to have a solo. She later got a job on the show Synchronicity in Japan, where she acted as a dancer, singer, and choreographer.
Career beginnings Lopez was selected as a backup dancer for the New Kids on the Block in and performed with them during their performance of " Games " at the 18th Annual American Music Awards.
She applied for the job after one of the cast members was unable to continue with the show. Out of 2, applicants, Lopez made it to the finals. She was the runner-up but eventually received the role when the winner was unable to accept the job. She moved to Los Angeles to film the series and remained a regular cast member until , when she decided to pursue a full-time acting career. Prior to leaving the show, Lopez briefly worked as a backup dancer for American recording artist Janet Jackson.
In August , Lopez had a supporting role in the comedy Jack. He concluded by calling the film not just a celebration of Selena's life, but also of the actress who portrayed her. After filming Selena, Lopez was "really feeling [her] Latin roots" and cut a demo in Spanish. Tommy Mottola , the head of the label suggested to her that she sing in English instead. The film, which is based on the novel Stray Dogs by John Ridley , received somewhat positive reviews from critics.
Baby One More Time " four months prior. It was noted that: Both the music industry and the public became intrigued by "this woman who seemed to have so many different talents". Lo and This Is Me Then On February 23, , Lopez, accompanied by then boyfriend Sean Combs , wore a plunging exotic green Versace silk chiffon dress on the red carpet of the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards.
The dress "had a low-cut neck that extended several inches below her navel, where it was loosely fastened with a sparkly brooch and then opened out again," exposing her midriff and then as cut along the front of the legs like a bath robe. She started going by J.
Lo, something fans often called her. Released on January 23, , it was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard This made her the first woman to have a number one film and album simultaneously in the United States. It was followed by the single " Play ". Lo by Jennifer Lopez , her own clothing and accessory company. Lopez felt that "the voluptuous woman [was] almost ignored" in the fashion industry, and therefore her company specialized in clothing women of all shapes.
Lo was declining on the charts; this prompted Mottola to recruit rapper Ja Rule to create an urban-oriented remix of the song " I'm Real ". Its success resulted in J. Lo being reissued to include the single, which was number one in the United States during the week of the September 11 attacks.
Lo became the best-selling album of Lopez's career, having sold 3. The Remixes was subsequently released on February 5, It debuted at the summit of the Billboard , making it the first remix album to do so. The Remixes became one of the best-selling remix albums of all time, selling 1. She recalled feeling "sick and weird", refusing therapeutic help or medication. It performed strongly despite predictions that it would fail, and became the top-selling fragrance in the US. Then , was released on November 25, That December, Lopez starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in the romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan , which became the highest-grossing film of her career.
The film was a box office bomb , and is considered one of the worst films of all time. The film's poor reception was attributed to negative press preceding its release, as well as the media attention surrounding Lopez and Affleck's engagement which largely overshadowed the film.
Lopez also launched her next fashion label, Sweetface. Less sporty, more suede. Her character, Gertrude Steiney, dies during childbirth within the first 15 minutes of the film. From the intense media scrutiny following the couple's break-up, it was noted that "they may need to put Lopez in a coffin on the poster if they want anyone to come". The film was successful at the box office, and was considered a rebound for Lopez following Gigli.
According to Lopez, Rebirth "came about because I was on such a roller-coaster ride, that was my career from my first album to my last album, and I did a bunch of movie projects in between.
I finally took some time just for myself, and [when] I came back, this was the first project I did. I felt like it was a new beginning for me, like I was, in a way, reborn. Then", Lopez "wisely keeps her love life out of the spotlight" on Rebirth and only references her relationship with Anthony on a few tracks.
The song peaked at number four on the chart following its release as a music download , making it the pair's second collaboration to reach the top five. Lopez, who also acts as the film's producer, stars as Lauren Adrian, an American news reporter for the Chicago Sentinel who wants to be assigned to the Iraq front-lines to cover the war.
Lopez produced, created and was featured in the show. Lopez performed the song on the sixth season of American Idol on April 11, , becoming the first person to perform a Spanish song on the series. The first peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot chart, while the latter failed to make any significant impact on the charts. A five-part miniseries , Jennifer Lopez Presents: She placed her career on hiatus after giving birth to twins in February Career rejuvenation with American Idol and touring Lopez parted ways with Epic Records in February , citing that she had fulfilled her contractual obligations and now wished to release her seventh studio album Love?
Upon signing a new contract with Island Records , recording resumed on the album. MTV stated that the deal was "mutually beneficial to all those involved", while CNN reported that Lopez was viewing it as a decision to revive her career, while American Idol producers believed that Lopez and Steven Tyler 's appointments would strengthen viewing figures. The perfume was inspired by Lopez's forthcoming "return to the spotlight".
Problems playing this file? Her EverSleek hair care ads made their debut in early , to coincide with the release of Love? The song topped the charts across the globe, becoming one of the most successful singles of the year. Olivier Francois, the Chrysler chief marketing officer, stated that she "fits perfectly with the brand".
The Chosen , created by Simon Fuller premiered on Univision and was a hit for the channel. Continental Drift , the fourth film in the Ice Age franchise.
Television ventures and A. Her performance earned positive reviews, with Chicago Tribune commending the role for giving Lopez "an opportunity to be dramatic, romantic, funny, depressed, euphoric and violent. The audience stays with her all the way". We're realizing our power. We're realizing that we matter here. Shades of Blue and residency show Lopez stars as Detective Harlee Santos in NBC 's crime drama series Shades of Blue also serving as an executive producer , a single mother and police detective who goes undercover for the FBI to investigate her own squad.
Collision Course , which was released in July Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez launched in January Created in partnership with World of Dance , the series was greenlit by NBC with a straight-to-series order for ten episodes.
She will once more serve as an executive producer for the film, which is currently in development. In April , she sued to prevent him from publishing a book about their marriage, contending that it violated their confidentiality agreement.
On December 27, , the couple was arrested along with two others in connection with a shooting outside the Times Square Club in New York. They were charged with criminal possession of a weapon as well as stolen property. Lopez was soon exonerated, having had nothing to do with the crime. Bennifer became a popular term, which was eventually entered into urban dictionaries and neologism dictionaries as notable,  as the name blend started the trend of other celebrity couples being referred to by the combination of their first names.
The couple wed that June,   and lived in Brookville, New York.