20 Facts About Jennifer Lopez You May Have Never Known
Listen. Jennifer Lopez has capital T Talent. She’s a quadruple threat, acting, singing, dancing, and designing like a bawse. She’s broken records and barriers along her journey to stardom and paved the way for other Latinx women to break into the big time. Because as we all know, there shouldn’t just be one Latinx person to represent us all. J.Lo opened doors for many more and showed Hollywood what we bring to the table.
Here are 20 facts about Jennifer Lopez you may have never known.
1. She made money moves that broke the glass ceiling.@jlo / Instagram
J.Lo is the first Latina to earn over $1 million for a film. She broke the millie mark with her starring breakthrough role in “Selena.” Since then she’s banked millions for her films and TV work, becoming the highest paid Latina in Hollywood. She’s reported to be cashing in an insane $20 million for her work on “American Idol.” So yeah, she’s doing alright.
2. Her years being fly, and how it almost never was.
Yes, we know Jenny started out as a dancer. Some of you may even know she was one of the featured dancers on the hit Fox sketch comedy series “In Living Color.” But did you know she wasn’t even meant to be on the show? She was the runner-up but when the person who was chosen to be on the show dropped out, Jennifer stepped in. So remember. Second place doesn’t necessarily mean the rom comfirst loser, as many people like to say. You can come in second and still make it happen.
3. Record-breaking babe.@jlo / Instagram
Jenny from the Block dominated the charts in the late 90’s and 2000’s. So much so that she became the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week. Her second album “J.Lo” produced the top-ten singles “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “I’m Real” arom-com”The Wedding Planner” topped the box office. The film went on to gross nearly $95 million. Her success do cost a thing.
4. Even her mom’s a winner.@jlo / Instagram
J.Lo’s mom Guadalupe once won a $2.4 million jackpot at an Atlantic City casino. Not that she really needs the money, but it proves the Lopez family has luck on their side.
5. Uhh did you know her middle name?@jlo / Instagram
I sure didn’t. It’s Lynn. That’s kind of unexpected. Just felt like sharing.
6. Her sister’s got talent too.@jlo / Instagram
Jen’s baby sister Lynda is an Emmy-winning journalist, working in radio and television. She currently works at New York’s WCBS-AM as a radio host.
7. Jenny is a jock.@jlo / Instagram
In high school, J.Lo wasn’t necessarily a star academic student, but she shut it down on the field. She ran track at a national level, played on the softball team, and did gymnastics. Homegirl was killing it, and now we know that she’s always had stamina.
8. Backup dancing diva.@jlo / Instagram
If you ever got down on New Kids on the Block back in the early ’90s then you probably caught Jennifer in the background doing the running man to “The Right Stuff” and “Hangin’ Tough.” She even performed with them during their performance of their single “Games” at the American Music Awards. You can catch her front and center ripping intothe stage with her moves here.
9. That’s the way, Jenny goes@jlo / Instagram
J.Lo didn’t just work her legendary dance moves for NKOTB. For years, she also got down with Janet Jackson, an icon herself. If you remember the song “That’s The Way Love Goes,” which is an absolute banger and one of Janet’s greatest hits, you might remember Jennifer appearing in the music video. Like a moth to a flame burned by the fire….
10. She got it from her parents.@jlo / Instagram
While Jennifer’s parents weren’t in the music or film industry, they encouraged their daughter’s talent by having her and her sister’s perform at home for each other, friends, and family. Their singing and dancing would help keep them out of trouble, so her parents believed. Little did they know they were watering the seed for a blossoming career in entertainment.
11. She broke Britney.@jlo / Instagram
Jen topped the Billboard Hot 100 with a debut single thanks to her first smash right out the gate, “If You Had My Love.” That song was EVERYWHERE when it came out. Four months prior, Britney Spears had topped the chart with her debut, “…Baby One More Time.” Jennifer also joins other legends like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson in debuting a single at no. 1.
12. Theater nerd.@jlo / Instagram
Back when she was still an aspiring actress and dancer trying to make her mark, she traveled Europe and Japan as part of the chorus of several different musical productions. All those theater dorks in high school can feel good knowing one of them made it.
13. High school acting.
Her first movie role came after seeing a call for actors for a small independent film called “My Little Girl.” She was still in high school when she auditioned and landed a role in the movie. That experience is what made her decide she wanted to be a “famous movie star.” So we have to thank the makers of that small movie for gifting us J.Lo.
14. College wasn’t for her.@jlo / Instagram
When Jennifer’s parents learned of their daughter’s dreams to be a big star in Hollywood, they weren’t happy. In fact, they thought it was a bad decision overall and insisted she go to college. Jennifer appeased them and enrolled in college in New York. At least for a little while. She dropped out after one semester, choosing to move to Manhattan to start her career. It created some major drama with her family, but in the end they supported her. And it paid off!
15. On the 6
During those years she commuted from the Bronx into Manhattan for her dance lessons, she had to take the 6 train. Those long train rides into the city to make her dreams come true later would inspire the name of her debut album “On The 6.” It was her way of paying homage to the struggle and hard work she put in to hone her talent and make it.
16. You can thank her for Google images.@jlo / Instagram
Google decided to create the Google Images search option literally after J.Lo broke the Internet with her iconic green Grammy dress. So many people were searching for articles about the dress and downloading photos of her in it that the brains behind the world’s most popular search engine decided to create a whole new option so people could find photos of Lopez, the dress and anything else their heart fancies.
17. She fought an ex and won.@jlo / Instagram
Her first husband, Ojani Noa, tried to do J.Lo dirty by shopping around a book on their relationship. It was clearly a cash grab where he’d be working to sully her name in public. But Jennifer wasn’t having it. She sued and not only got the book shut down, had a judge forbid Noa from “”criticizing, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging” her, and got him to turn in all materials related to the book. Nicely done! Don’t mess with Jenny.
18. A tap for love.
Jennifer’s love life has always been major tabloid fodder. From Noa, to her ex-husband and father to her children Marc Anthony, to her affinity for backup dancers, to Diddy, to the ill-fated other half of Bennifer, K.Lo can’t love and date without the world wanting to get messy. But with former baseball star Alex Rodriguez she seems to have met her match. And apparently ,the coupling happened after Jennifer was eating a Cobb salad and some soup at a restaurant in L.A. and saw Alex walk passed. For whatever reason, she decided to tap him on the shoulder and introduce herself. Then, as they say, the rest is history.
19. First date story.
On their first date, which was a dinner date, Alex pulled a move that could have totally backfired. But it totally worked! He got up to go to the bathroom. While he was there he sent her a text that read “You look sexy AF.” Daaaaaaaaaaaamn. Jennifer thought it was a cute move and since then the couple have shown their love for one another all around. Even though that move worked, Jennifer told Ellen that it didn’t land A.Rod a slumber party. “Mama don’t sleep over on the first date,” she said.
20. Most beautiful.
Jennifer has been named Most Beautiful Woman Alive by People Magazine, Details magazine named Lopez the “Sexiest Woman of the Year” in 1998, and she topped FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women” list twice. Her beauty is well known and appreciated, with Vanity Fair once calling her famous butt a cultural icon. Jennifer insists that becoming a mother and growing older doesn’t mean she can’t be sexy. In fact, she believes a woman can be sexy up until she dies.
Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got. Jennifer Lopez worked hard to make an impact in our culture, and we have her to thank in part for the increased visibility of Latinxs in media. She’s opened doors for others as she’s kicked them down and for that, she is forever a queen.
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