Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez says she has a thing for romantic comedies and that’s why she’s done several films in the genre, including her upcoming film Marry Me.
Between 2000 and 2010, the singer-actor starred in popular romantic comedies such as The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, Shall We Dance?, Monster-in-Law and The Back-up Plan.
“Yes, I have a special place in my heart for romantic comedies. That’s why I’ve done so throughout my career,” Lopez said in response to a question posed by PTI at the conference. press release for Marry Me from Los Angeles.
As a movie buff, the pop icon said she loves romantic comedies, especially ones starring Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts.
“They’re some of my favorite movies of all time, whether it’s ‘When Harry Met Sally’ or ‘Prelude to a Kiss’, any of those types of movies from the Meg Ryan era, Julia Roberts, all those movies are what I kind of grew up in. I love them so much,” she added.
Jennifer Lopez’s latest romantic comedy was the second act of 2018.
The 52-year-old actor, who also produced Marry Me, said working on the project felt like a kind of “homecoming” as she hadn’t done a rom-com in a few years.
“This year I’ll have two coming out, Marry Me and then Shotgun Wedding coming out at some point, which I did with Josh Duhamel. I’m excited to be able to do some (of them),” she added.
Directed by Kat Coiro, Marry Me is a modern love story about fame, marriage and social media.
The challenge of making rom-coms, Lopez said, is that it’s hard to “reinvent” them.
“How does it differ from the previous one because you always know that two people will end up together? It will be the end. So it’s really about the interest of the journey and the interaction between the two characters. If it’s well written, that’s what makes me want to do it. Based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, the film stars Jennifer Lopez as musical superstar Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson as Charlie Gilbert, a math teacher.
Kat chooses to marry Charlie during a stage show after finding out that her fiancé Bastian, played by global Latin music star Maluma in his acting debut, cheated on her and the video went viral on the social networks.
Lopez said there were many similarities between her and her on-screen character, she didn’t have to do any research to prepare for the role.
“It wasn’t a role where I had to research what it was like to be a famous branding artist. I already understood everything. The hard part was the meta part, which is the idea of showing what it’s really like inside my bedroom when something is wrong and you suffer heartbreak in front of the whole world.
“The media kind of goes to town on you to find out the story and figure it out, kind of poking fun and what it really looks like. There were a lot of moments there where I was able to bring truth to the character in the emotional life,” she added.
The actress said she’s at a point in her career where she’s “kind of hitting my stride.”
“When I was younger I was a little less sure of myself, I was sort of finding my way. It’s great to be at a time in life where I feel like I know myself and I trust. But there’s a lot of things I can’t do, like I suck at basketball,” she joked.
What also makes Marry Me, written by John Rogers, Tami Sagher and Harper Dill, a relevant story for today’s times is the way it highlights the ugly side of social media, a she declared.
“Before it was just the tabloids or the press, now it’s also social media. This can be more anxiety-provoking for people in the public eye. But I think that’s also what makes this (movie) a bit more modern to have that element in it.
“What is it like to have heartbreak and huge embarrassment in front of the world, how it travels so fast. Today, if something happens, someone is going to see it, film it, they going to talk about it, they’re going to share it. Dealing with that as someone in the public eye can be tricky, especially when tough things are happening in your life. Marry Me is also Lopez’s first time making an album for a film in which she performed and also performed the music herself.
It felt like “my two worlds” came together, said the singer, known for hits like “Waitin’ For Tonight,” “If You Had My Love,” “On The Floor,” among others.
“Making the album was great. In choosing the music for the character, no one understood the character better than me and no one knew what it was like to be a musical artist in this movie. For Maluma to fill in the blanks of his character and he did such a great job with both songs,” she said.
There are 12 songs in the soundtrack, composed by maestro John Debny, including the titles “Marry Me”, “On My Way”, “Church”, “Love of My Life” and “Segundo”.
The film is set to hit theaters on February 11, before Valentine’s Day.
When asked what her ideal Valentine’s Day plans would be, the actress said she would like to spend time with her partner away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi.
“It would just be me and my partner alone in a place where we don’t have to worry about people staring at us, where there won’t be a bunch of paparazzi, where we can have private moments and talk about the life, love and just enjoying company and being in love and together,” added Lopez, who is in a relationship with actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck.
John Bradley, Chloe Colman and Sarah Silverman also complete the cast of Marry Me.
The film is presented by Universal Pictures in association with Perfect World Pictures and is a Nuyorican and Kung Fu Monkey production.