Gushing About Jen
The 49-year-old actor spoke to Adweek and explained why he admires the 52-year-old singer for her “effect on the world.”
“All I can tell you is that I have seen firsthand the difference representation makes because I have seen, over and over and over and over, women of color approach Jennifer and tell her what her example as a strong woman and a woman succeeding and demanding her fair share in the business world means to them,” Ben said.
“I am in awe of what Jennifer’s effect on the world is,” he continued. “At most, as an artist, I can make movies that move people. Jennifer has inspired a massive group of people to feel they have a seat at the table in this country. That is an effect few people throughout history have had, one I will never know and one I can only stand by and admire with respect.”
Showing His Support
In a report by People, Ben accompanied Jennifer to her hometown of the Bronx to support Latina small business owners, which comes as the first part of a new philanthropy push for the Hustlers actress.
The publication also revealed that Jennifer visited the indie bookstore The Lit. Bar alongside Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon and Isabella Guzman, the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. While there, she announced a new partnership with Goldman Sachs and its 10,000 Small Businesses program, which is set to help elevate and support Latina entrepreneurs.
Remembering The Past
Back in January, before they got back together, the Daredevil star opened up about their past relationship, the attention it received, and how much it negatively affected the actress.
“You know, there’s always a story of the month, and me dating Jennifer Lopez happened to be that tabloid story at the time when that business grew exponentially,” Ben shared during The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Still, to this day, [some] will go, ‘I see you out there in the paparazzi and the pictures!’ It’s like, ‘Yes, I left my house and took out the trash. It’s not like I’m trying to—’ And it’s still like, ‘You were taking a pap walk!’ As if, if you leave your house, you’re only doing so in the hope that you could be so lucky that you could end up as the sixth item in The Daily Mail. It’s absurd!”
He continued: “People were so f*cking mean about her — sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious sh*t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said. Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished — as well she f–king should be! I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today.”