Jennifer Lopez Gets Real

BY Jeremy Kinser

March 15 2011 8:40 PM ET

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What’s been the toughest part of judging American Idol?
I knew I was going to have a great time. For the most part it’s a lot of laughs and great performances, but you go on this journey with these contestants, these kids who have so much riding on this. All their hopes and dreams are invested. I’m finding it harder to say goodbye to them and tell them they didn’t make it.

When you broke down and cried over having to eliminate Chris Medina two weeks ago, viewers saw a softer side of you.
Yeah, that was more of a surprise than I expected it to be. I’m an emotional person, but I’ve been in the public eye for so long that that I’ve always had to keep my composure, so breaking down in public isn’t something that people have seen from me. This is the first time I’m doing something like this. I’ve always had a song or lines in a movie, but this is the first time you’re really seeing me and seeing who I am for real. That’s fun for me.

If you were just beginning your career, which song would you use to audition for American Idol?
[Laughs] That’s funny. Let’s see. Back in the day I used to audition with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston. I think I would do what I tell the kids to do, which is find something that really suits me and my style and go with that.

You've conquered film, music, and now television for the second time. Can fans expect to see you on Broadway in the future?
Yes! I started my career by touring with musicals. I loved musicals. I don’t know if I’d do a straight play on Broadway, but I’d love to do a musical. It’s funny that you ask that, because there is something that Marc and I have been talking about doing, but I can’t say what it is. [Laughs]

When can we expect to see you on the big screen again?
There are a few things I’m looking at right now. I think I want to either do a drama or a musical for my next film. I do eventually want to make another romantic comedy, but I’m in a position where I don’t have to make another film right now. I have the record coming and I’ll be in music land for while, so I’ll wait for the right script with the right director and the right part for me. I want a part that I can really sink my teeth into.

You’re now a spokeswoman for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Why is this organization important to you?
I grew up in the Boys and Girls Club. They had a great dance program, and it was one of the few places in the Bronx that had a pool. It was a safe place for kids to go. It offers all kinds of activities. It’s where I had my first real dance teacher and where I started dreaming and thinking about doing this as a career back when I was 13 or 14 years old. It really does cultivate dreams. It was a real honor when Denzel [Washington, the group’s longtime official spokesman] called and asked me to be involved.















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