There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Jennifer Lopez’s time as a Fly Girl on “In Living Color.” Despite the fact that “In Living Color” hasn’t been on the air in decades, people have tons to say mostly because J.Lo ended up being the biggest star that came out of that show.
Former Fly Girl Carrie Ann Inaba has said that she was responsible for discovering J.Lo, but Keenen Ivory Wayans — creator of “In Living Color” also had a say in the matter. It was his show after all.
“I’d been there hours and seen every dancer in New York, and then this young girl steps up and a spotlight landed on her and she captivated everyone in the room,” Wayans said about J.Lo, according to US Weekly.
Lopez has also credited him for discovering her: “He just saw something in me,” Lopez said a few years ago, according to Huffington Post. “He would always tell me, ‘You’re going to be a big star.'”
Then actress and choreographer Rosie Perez wrote in her memoir that she was the one responsible for discovering her, which turned into another huge drama. Now we’re getting a sense of what actually took place during that time, and how J.Lo worked her ass off to get her big break.
This clip from 1990 shows J.Lo auditioning for “In Living Color.”
The clip speaks volumnes about J.Lo’s determintion and dedication to do a good job and get noticed.
In Perez’s memoir titled “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life,” she wrote extensively about her time on “In Living Color” and her job as a choreographer. Though it was her words about J.Lo that got the most attention. Perez described J.Lo — during the audition process — as “chubby,” “corny” and defensive.
“All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage,” Perez wrote in her memoir, according to US Weekly.
It was pretty shocking to hear Perez had such a contentious relationship with Lopez. From the audition footage it seems Perez knew J.Lo more than the other girls. When it’s time to call the final round of dancers, Perez calls on some of the other girls by what they are wearing, but when she calls on Lopez, she calls her by her name.
The audition also included Lopez singing! This try out was not just about showcasing her dancing ability but to show off her array of talents. Shockingly enough, Lopez DID NOT get chosen from that final round to be a Fly Girl, and you can see the heartbreak and disappoint in her face.
The following year, after a Fly Girl was let go, they called on Lopez to fill her spot.