In this new #MeToo era, where women are constantly fighting to be paid equally, as their male peers, we still too often see them being treated unfairly. And despite the dedication that Jennifer Lopez put into her 2019 film Hustlers, which many sources including Empire Online have described as “a career-defining role”, she was not paid up front for her performance. Speaking to GQ Magazine, Lopez said “[The film] became a movement. I did it for free and produced it. Like Jenny From the Block—I do what I love. We’ve been watching men take advantage of women in movies for a long time, so it was a fun ride to see the tables turned.”
Fortunately, things seemed to have worked out for her, as she has won several accolades recently, including best supporting actress from the Hollywood Critics Association, the Satellite awards and the Online Association of Female Film Critics. The awards are what she finds most rewarding, telling GQ “The movies that I look for now, I’m looking for not just interesting and multilayered characters, which Ramona really was, but something that tells you about what’s going on in the culture. So what Hustlers says about that world, and men and women, and gender roles, all of that made me feel that this could be an interesting movie, as opposed to just a character piece.”
Lopez was sadly unable to secure an Oscar nomination, but given her other previously mentioned successes, she seems to be doing just fine. In addition to her performance, she will also be headlining the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira next month. “I feel that it’s a great thing to have two Latina women in Miami headlining the Super Bowl,” she told the Huffington Post. “And what we could do with those 12 to 14 minutes to make people understand our worth and value in this country … I think it could be a really beautiful celebration.”
Hustlers stars Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart, as a group of strippers who join forces to scam their wealthy Wall Street clients out of money, after the financial crisis of 2008. The film has also nabbed writer/ director Lorene Scafaria some best adapted screenplay and director nominations and has made $154.7 million worldwide, on a budget of just $20.7 million.
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