Jennifer Lopez shocked after being called ‘criminally underrated’

Jennifer Lopez shocked after being called ‘criminally underrated’

Jennifer Lopez shocked after being called ‘criminally underrated’

  • Jennifer Lopez once cried when she was described as a “criminally underrated artist” in Glamour.
  • It took her over ten years to get a second Golden Globe nomination, for playing Ramona in “Hustlers.”
  • Lopez has never been nominated for an Oscar, despite getting buzz for her role as “Hustlers”.

Jennifer Lopez got visibly emotional when she read a Glamor article praising her performance in the 2019 movie “Hustlers” in a scene in her


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documentary “Halftime,” which premiered on the streamer on Tuesday.

In the film, Lopez played Ramona, a role model for a group of exotic dancers who devised a plan to scam rich customers of the strip club where they worked with millions of dollars. The plot is based on a 2015 article by Jessica Pressler titled “The Hustlers at Scores” published in New York Magazine.

“Most of the credit for ‘Hustlers’ is dedicated to Jennifer Lopez, who leads the film as the leader Ramona,” Lopez reads directly from Glamour. “Some reviewers are even saying she’s probably in the running for her first Academy Award.”

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The Netflix documentary “Halftime” follows the career of Jennifer Lopez.

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“Honestly, it’s exciting to see a criminally underrated artist…” the “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” singer continued reading, pausing to absorb the impact of the words and into to burst into tears when they touched her. “… get her money from prestigious movie stores.”

It’s a quick but powerful “Halftime” moment, especially as Lopez talked throughout the film about how negative criticism of her talent affected her emotionally.

“I just had really low self-esteem,” the star admitted after about 25 minutes of the film. “I really believed a lot of what they said, which was that I wasn’t good. That I wasn’t a good singer, not a good actress, I wasn’t a good dancer. I wasn’t good I didn’t even belong here. Why shouldn’t I just leave?”

Lopez went on to say she felt she had a “really abusive dysfunctional relationship” with the media.

The Latina triple-threat was first nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1998 for her starring role as Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Pérez in the movie “Selena”. Quintanilla Pérez was murdered on March 31, 1995 by her boyfriend and former fan club manager over a money dispute.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Halftime’.

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In “Halftime,” Lopez said she was told she wouldn’t win the Golden Globe for “Selena,” but said she was just happy to be nominated at the time. It was more than a decade before she was nominated again for “Hustlers,” and she has never received an Academy Award nomination.

“Halftime” followed Lopez through the awards season, capturing her disappointment when she failed to win the Golden Globe and fail to get the Oscars nomination for “Hustlers.”

“I really thought I had a chance,” she said at around 55:20 in the film.

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Jennifer Lopez in ‘Halftime’.

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“I felt like I was disappointing everyone,” she said, referring to the team of people who have worked for her for decades. “They wanted it so badly. For me, for them. I mean, it’s also a confirmation of all the work they do.”

Later in the movie, Lopez told a friend that she had a dream that she was getting the Oscar nomination, but then she woke up and realized she wasn’t getting it. She told her boyfriend, who was angry on her behalf, not to bother her.

“Halftime” is now available to stream on Netflix.