Jennifer Lopez Says She ‘Stood up for’ Herself When Director Asked Her to Take Her Shirt off

Jennifer “J. Lo” Lopez recently opened up about her own #metoo experience recalling when a director once asked her to remove her shirt during a costume fitting for a movie.

The multihyphenate is known for acting in a long list of films including Maid in Manhattan (2002), Monster-in-Law (2005), The Wedding Planner (2001), and more recently, Second Act (2018) and Hustlers (2019), a movie that just might snag Lopez an Oscar nomination.

The 50-year-old shared what happened during The Hollywood Reporter’s yearly Actress Roundtable. The star of Hustlers, who will perform at the Super Bowl in Feb. 2020 with Shakira, sat down with fellow actresses Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Awkwafina, Laura Dern, and Renee Zellweger to discuss their acting careers and the industry at large, according to Entertainment Tonight. 

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Lopez: ‘The Bronx came out’

The #metoo movement came up in the conversation which led to the World of Dance judge talking about a particular incident she once experienced where a director asked her to take her top off during a costume fitting. 

“A director at a fitting asked me to take my top off … because I was supposed to do nudity in the movie. He wanted to see my boobs,” she said before sharing how she responded. “And I was like, ‘We’re not on set.'”

After Johansson called the incident “crazy,” J. Lo replied, “Well, he was crazy.”

She continued, sharing that she “stood up for” herself and “said ‘no.’”

Jennifer Lopez on Oct. 27, 2019
Jennifer Lopez on Oct. 27, 2019 | CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images

“I said ‘no,’ I stood up for myself. But it was so funny because I remember being so panicked in the moment,” she recalled. 

Lopez, who has an estimated net worth of $400 million, revealed another person had witnessed the conversation. 

“And by the way, there was a costume designer in the room with me. So there was another woman in the room and he says this and I said ‘no.’”

“Luckily a little bit of the Bronx came out, and I was like, ‘I don’t have to show you my [breasts]. No. On the set, you see them,'” she added.

Stopping the advance proved to be very important for J. Lo. 

“That’s the thing, because if you give in, in that moment, all of a sudden that person is off and running, thinking they can do whatever they want,” she said. “And because I put up a little boundary right there and said ‘no,’ he laid off and then later on apologized. But the minute he walked out of the room the costume designer was like, “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry that just happened.”

Tabloid coverage ‘doesn’t really bother’ her

Lopez also opened up about another subject during the roundtable discussion: being featured in tabloids.  

“I’ve been really picked out and plagued with that,” the mother of two said. “Lots of stories, lots of lies, lots of things where you’re trying to figure out, ‘How did this happen? How did I become that person?'”

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She continued saying that “it doesn’t really bother” her these days. 

“I’ve learned that I know who I am, I know what I do, I know I’m a good person, I know I’m just out here working my a** off and trying to fulfill myself creatively,” she added. J. Lo continues to pursue her creative interests. Currently, she’s filming another feature film, MarryMe, opposite Owen Wilson.