ELLE interview: Meet superstar Jennifer Lopez

International superstar Jennifer Lopez talks about power, dating a younger man and the joys of motherhood.

Dec 06, 2012
Marcel Anders

celebrity-jennifer-lopez-2.jpgWhen you were a kid, did you want to become an artist just to impress your parents?
"Well, my mother loved musicals and she influenced me a lot. She loved acting and musicals, but she never did it herself. But she exposed us to it, and it stuck with me. So, I guess she had a lot to do with that."

You look stunning. But do you ever wake up in the morning and feel like you're having a gross day?
[Laughs] "Not really. You know, just like anybody else, there are days I feel great when I wake up, and then there are days when I feel more tired or not ready to face the day. To be quite honest, on those days, I really try to think positively.

I try to do a lot of affirmations for good health and positive thinking to just get my mind and my spirit in the right place so I can face whatever it is that I need to face. I remind myself how lucky I am, how fortunate I am to have my children, for all of us to be healthy and to have the life that I have. And to be able to do what I love. And then I try to just go from there."

So what's next for you?
"We are always into producing and trying to find good projects. We're working on a 3-D documentary of the Dance Again tour [which finished in December 2012], since it's my first one. And I'll probably get into doing a couple films next year."

And a TV-project, called The Fosters, about a lesbian couple.
"Yeah, it's about a couple who foster children. People are making a big deal about it because of the content. But it's just a pilot right now. We don't know where it's going to go."

Part of your recent tour performance involved declaring your love to boyfriend Casper Smart with "Baby I Love U!" while performing an erotic dance with him onstage.
"I love that song and felt it was a good transition into the next part of the show. I fell in love with this thing choreographer Parris Goebel did with Etta James' music, and I said, ‘I want to do something like that to my song.' So she choreographed it. And Casper was like, ‘I want to do it too.' We did it together, and it just seemed very natural."

What's his role in your life right now?
"I mean, we're together."

Does Jennifer Lopez have any dating tips?
[Laughs] "I really don't."

Do you ever wake up and think "How did this all happen?"
"Absolutely. At this point I've been doing it a long time, but sometimes when I do something new, it can be overwhelming.

I feel like people get scared of those feelings, but I don't think you should be scared of being overwhelmed. It's a natural feeling. Just feel it and be like, ‘Wow, this is amazing. It doesn't happen every day.' It's exciting."

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