Lopez is ardent believer that ageism is on the wane in Hollywood for female actors.
“It’s not like that anymore. Look at all the actresses who are working,” she tells Complex magazine in the new issue.
“I remember a couple of years back every actress on the cover of the September [fashion magazine] issues was over 40, because each one of them had a big film coming out.”
“It was me, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston. That was a defining moment. The world has changed.
“Women maintain themselves. We live in a different time,” she says.
Lopez is living proof of that, and she makes no excuses for her sexy image.
“I’m not allowed to be sexy because I’m a mom? It’s like, How do you think I got my children?” she says. “At the end of the day, they care more about me being there, taking care of them, than if I’m sexy in a video.”
After having children, Lopez was determined to launch a comback in 2010. But music pundits didn’t give her much of a chance. She was 41-years-old, and had been eclipsed by newer, younger singers like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
But she made a clear statement during two high-energy numbers on “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” that year. And, she never looked back.
Her career took off, defying critics. But it hasn’t been without cost.
“When my first marriage didn’t work out, my second marriage didn’t work out, and I was with Marc [Anthony] and I was trying to make it work, and that didn’t work out, it was devastating. Each time I felt like such a failure, from what I’d been taught.”
But she says she’s learned from her mistakes.
“I’m grateful for all those trials and tribulations because with that you gain perseverance and the desire to learn and grow. So I’m happy about those experiences now. They’re painful in the moment, but now I see myself as a brave warrior princess who keeps going no matter what, and who has learned to cherish the things that matter in life, which is finding my own happiness first and then being able to share that with not just people in my life but with the world.”
Lopez says women face problems from childhood because they are taught to have high expectations about finding true love, like in fairy tales.
“Prince Charming is gonna come along. You’re going to live happily ever after, and then that doesn’t happen. You have your first boyfriend in high school and that falls apart and you’re like, ‘What’s going on?’ All of these things get shattered one by one. It’s so unfair. Nobody teaches us the important thing from when we’re young, which is to value yourself and love yourself, and then you can share happiness and love with other people.”
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