Get ready, world: 2016 is going to be the year of JLo! At least, that’s according to Jennifer Lopez. She’s already proven she’s superwoman with multiple movie releases, song releases, and ‘American Idol,’ so why not just give her a year?
Jennifer has two covers for the new issue of TV Guide magazine:
Get ready for the Year of J.Lo! Our Winter Preview issue features Jennifer Lopez, who stars in the new @nbctv police drama Shades of Blue (premiering January 7), plus the final season of @foxtv’s American Idol (plus about a million other projects). To celebrate, we’ve got two covers this week, one on sale at newsstands (left) and one going to subscribers (right). Cover photo by Kenneth Willardt (@kennethwillardt) for TV Guide Magazine. Makeup: Mary Phllips/Something Artists (@1maryphillips); Hair: Lorenzo Martin/The Wall (@lorenzomartinjr); Styling: Rob & Mariel/The Wall Group (@robzangardi and @marielwashere); Manicure: Tom Bachik/Cloutier Remix (@tombachik); White jacket from Amanda Wakeley (@amandawakeley); Black jacket from The Cast (@thecastnyc); Set design: Stillsets (@stillsets) #JenniferLopez #JLo #YearofJLo #ShadesofBlue #AmericanIdol
She looks amazing, doesn’t she?
The singer-actress-‘American Idol’ judge explained what’s going on next year.
It’s gonna be a big year for me. I have [American] Idol, I have Shades [of Blue], I have my [Las] Vegas residency beginning. I have so much stuff that we’re working on on the branding side. I don’t know how I’d name it. It’s gonna be a J.Lo year though. It’s gonna be a real J.Lo year, whether you like it or not!”
Hey, we’re READY. Although many of us are fans, Jennifer admits she’s aware that she has her fair share of haters.
I think once I started doing American Idol, people really got to know my real personality,” she says. “I think maybe before there were a lot of misconceptions about me being a real diva or a problem or being very demanding and things like that. And then once I did that show they could see my true personality, which was kind of just an emotional, happy person who was actually nice.
“I think there was a misconception that I actually wasn’t [nice]. I don’t know why they do that to women in this business, but they tend to. A lot of us are really just like any one of your friends. I’m a real girls’ girl and I love hanging out with my besties and things like that. As unusual as my life is, I’m very normal and kind of down to earth.”
Jennifer came from modest beginnings, growing up in the Bronx. When she decided to pursue dancing over college, her mother kicked her out of the house. OUCH.
I was sleeping on a cot at a dance studio before I hit it big. My life was about pounding the pavement, breaking away from under my mom and dad’s wings and going off and flying on my own. I needed that moment.
“I am happy to be one of the people who are breaking the mold. We can’t keep acting like we are in the ’50s. Women are strong. Women are bold. And now it is reflected in our art.”
Love her or hate her, you have to admit, Jennifer IS a trailblazer. Can’t WAIT to see all the things she has going on next year!
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