×

Listen: Jennifer Lopez on Directing Her First Film, Tackling Broadway and ‘Hustlers’ Oscar Buzz

Jennifer Lopez is a singer, dancer, actor and producer — and now she’s looking to add director to her resume.

The “Hustlers” star tells me she’s thinking of making her feature film directorial debut with “The Godmother,” a biopic about the late Miami cocaine queen Griselda Blanco. Lopez is already producing and set to star as Blanco in the movie, which follows her reign in the Medellín Cartel during the 1970s and ‘80s.

“That’s one that I’m really thinking about maybe directing,” Lopez says during an appearance on Thursday’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “But again, I would need to have so much time to do that. It’s going to be a timing thing. I would have to clear, really clear decks. I could. And it’s just when the right time for that is.”

Like “Hustlers,” Lopez is about showing complex women on film. They may not necessarily be doing nice things, but that’s the point. “Griselda Blanco was very much the same thing, where you get to see women being the badasses. You get to see them being ruthless,” she said. “You get to see them being bad, but you also get to see that there’s two sides to them. We always got to see that from men.”

She continued, “[With] Griselda, you would get a super heavy dose of what a woman is capable of on a very ugly side. That would be interesting for people because it’s not been done, but also scary, intense for an actress. And a very delicate subject matter for a director. So I just feel like, again, it’s an intense project that I have to be ready to really go into.”

Also on Lopez’s entertainment bucket list? Broadway.

She said her longtime manger Benny Medina has pitched her a one-woman show akin to Bruce Springsteen’s residency, “Springsteen on Broadway.”

“He always had the idea of me doing my music and telling my story and doing something like that,” Lopez said. “And I got to tell you, it’s something that I might want to do at some point. It’s a lot of work, you know?…I went to see Bruce when he did it and he was only signed on for six months and then he wound up re-upping it and actually really enjoying it. And so that was encouraging. But obviously my show would be very different. I’m not going to stand there with a guitar. I’d be like dancing my butt off and it would be a whole different thing. So I don’t know if I would be re-upping.”

Lopez is having quite a moment right now. She not only produced “Hustlers,” but she’s also received some of the best reviews of her career for her portrayal of Ramona, the ringleader of a group of former strippers who con men out of their money after drugging them.

She received her second Indie Spirit nomination and could land her first Oscar nomination for her acting work. “I did ‘Hustlers’ for no money and I produced it and thought this could be a great movie. And you know what, if it wins, I win,” Lopez said. “And so you put your heart and soul into it and then you see what happens. And so when something like this happens, you’re like, ‘Yay, okay, it went well.’”

A week before the Oscars, Lopez will team up with Shakira for the Super Bowl halftime show. She said she’s preparing and planning by studying past performances. Lopez even teased that her 11-year-old daughter Emme may join her on the Super Bowl stage. The proud mom showed off Emme’s impressive vocals when she posted a video of her singing Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You“ on her YouTube channel in May.

“You never know,” Lopez said, with a laugh, adding, “It’s a big stage to put her out on. I don’t know. She would have to do one of the things where she begs me, you know what I mean? Because I would be afraid…She would have to be so confident.”

If Emme is anything like her mom, Lopez has nothing to worry about.

Listen to the entire Lopez interview below. You can also find “The Big Ticket” at iHeartRadio or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

More Legit

  • Uncle Vanya review

    'Uncle Vanya': Theater Review

    Director Ian Rickson has had success with Chekhov in the past. His exquisitely balanced, tragicomic production of “The Seagull” (2007 in London, 2008 on Broadway) was well-nigh flawless with, among others, Kristin Scott Thomas as painfully vulnerable as she was startlingly funny. Sadly, with his production of “Uncle Vanya,” despite felicities in the casting, lightning [...]

  • The Welkin review

    'The Welkin': Theater Review

    A life hanging perilously in the balance of charged-up, polarized opinions: This courtroom drama could easily have been titled “Twelve Angry Women.” But playwright Lucy Kirkwood (“Chimerica,” “The Children”) is far too strong and imaginative a writer for so hand-me-down a cliché. Instead she opts for “The Welkin,” an old English term for the vault [...]

  • Tina Fey attends the "Mean Girls"

    Tina Fey Announces Movie Adaptation of Broadway's 'Mean Girls' Musical

    It’s good to be mean…the “Mean Girls” musical, that is. Producers of the hit Broadway show announced today that the Tony-nominated production is being adapted for the big screen for Paramount Pictures. The musical is based on the 2004 movie of the same name. “I’m very excited to bring ‘Mean Girls’ back to the big screen,’ Tina Fey, [...]

  • Freestyle Love Supreme

    Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and 'Freestyle Love Supreme' in Exclusive Clip From Sundance Documentary

    Before turning “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” into musical phenomenons, Lin-Manuel Miranda could have been found on stage, spouting off-the-cuff rhymes with his improv group, “Freestyle Love Supreme.” After performing across the globe, the troupe — founded 15 years ago by Miranda, his frequent collaborator Thomas Kail and emcee Anthony Veneziale — made its Broadway [...]

  • Ariana Grande 7 Rings

    Rodgers & Hammerstein Are Having a Moment Thanks to Ariana Grande, 'Oklahoma!'

    Jaws dropped when it was revealed that the late musical theater titans Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were granted 90% of the songwriting royalties on “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande’s 2019 No. 1 hit. The dominant motif of Grande’s song is taken from “My Favorite Things,” the cornerstone of R&H’s 1959 musical “The Sound of [...]

  • A Soldiers Play review

    'A Soldier's Play': Theater Review

    Now, that’s what I call a play! Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “A Soldier’s Play,” now being revived on Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company, packs plenty of dramatic tension into smoldering issues of racial justice and injustice, military honor and dishonor, and the solemn struggle to balance their harrowing demands on characters who are only [...]

  • Bess Wohl

    Listen: The Impossible Plays of Bess Wohl

    The playwright Bess Wohl is always chasing a wild idea — and she’s found that rather than scaring away her collaborators, it just makes them more eager. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “I started my career thinking, oh, I’ll just write a play that’s really easy to do,” Wohl said on the latest episode [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content