The Golden Globes are on Sunday night, and Jennifer Lopez is looking like the likely winner of Best Supporting Actress the closer it gets to the event. She took home an award at the Palm Springs Film Festival, and gave a moving speech about her role in Hustlers.
“There was something that spoke to me about this film. Not only at this time in my life, but at this time in my world. I was offered an opportunity to shine a light on women who are usually spinning on the periphery of the action. I immediately felt like I had to get this film made, no matter the obstacle. A survivor just trying to get her piece of the American dream.”
If Lopez does snag a Globe for her portrayal of the morally grey Ramona, she will have earned every bit of it. While Lopez has been a professional dancer for years, she had to learn how to pole dance for Hustlers, and that’s a whole other animal. She told Entertainment Weekly:
” It’s tough. My shoulder and back are still recovering. I have danced all my life and I work out every single day, and I can say without hesitation that learning to pole dance was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done.”
“I not only watched the ladies do their routines, I talked to them about what it was like to have a career as a dancer. I think it would surprise people that most of these women are students, or young moms just trying to get by in a world that doesn’t offer those on the fringe many chances.”
Lopez also had a few method quirks that she maintained in order to stay in character while on set.
“There was a blinged-out lighter that I would hold every day. Sometimes I would smoke one of the cigarettes or something and just kind of stay in the mind-set of Ramona.”
She also used the blinged out cup that Ramona carries in the film as a water bottle. Lopez used a similar cup while she was on tour, so it was perfect for the glamorous crime boss.
Lopez also admitted that while it ultimately wasn’t the path that she took, she considered stripping when she was younger and not established in her career.
“I did. There was a moment in my life when my friends, who were also dancers, told me about making thousands of dollars at clubs in New Jersey.
They said, ‘You won’t need to be topless.’ It sounded awfully good when I was broke and eating pizza every day, but I never did it.”
Things seem to have worked out alright for her in the end!