Exclusive: Jennifer Lopez: 'I'm happier than I've ever been'

Published Tuesday, Jan 27 2015, 00:02 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
At 45, J.Lo is a superstar actress, singer, award-winning dancer, TV talent judge and mother-of-two – and she has no plans to slow down.

The gorgeous A-lister said: "I'm in a good place in my life right now. I love what I do. I'm just one of those people who has a lot of energy and can work very long hours.

"I'm in a much better place to be the best that I've ever been."

Jennifer Lopez appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in New York - 19 January 2015

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Jennifer, who became the first Latina actress to earn $1million for a movie role back in 1998, added: "I'm living the life. I'll do two movies this year. I'll do a series this year. I'll do American Idol this year. I'll do a lot of different things this year that we already have planned. I just go with what feels right at the time."

JLo, whose parents are Puerto Rican, has enjoyed worldwide success. She became the first woman to have both a number one album and film in the same week in 2001 – with The Wedding Planner and self-titled record JLo.

Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart attend the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, America - 18 May 2014

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Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart

But, while her career went from strength to strength, her love life suffered and she's been through her fair share of heartache, including three divorces and plenty of high profile breakups.

She split from husband of seven years and father of her six-year-old twins, singer Marc Anthony, in 2011. She's since dated, dumped and reportedly reconciled with dancer and choreographer Casper Smart who, at 27, is 18 years her junior. And Jennifer admits she's no stranger to sorrow.

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez attend as Simon Fuller receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 5 November 2014.


Jennifer Lopez and ex husband Marc Anthony

She said: "I think a lot of people can relate. Being at the point in your life where your relationship falls apart and you're left feeling that sense of worthlessness, like you don't belong anywhere, and everything you thought was true is not."

In her new film, The Boy Next Door, J.Lo plays a mum on the brink of divorce, who has a steamy one night stand with a much younger man, played by 27-year-old heartthrob Ryan Guzman.

The film's sex scene has been branded "the most revealing sex scene ever" on Twitter – and Jennifer says she's pleased by the reaction.

JLo with The Boy Next Door co-star Ryan Guzzman

J.Lo with The Boy Next Door co-star Ryan Guzman

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She said: "Scenes like that are always uncomfortable. It's a very vulnerable position to be in. If it wasn't intense, passionate, real enough, then the rest of the movie doesn't make any sense.

"I'm glad it is something that people are responding to."

The film was made on a strict budget in a tight time frame, a new experience for JLo.

She said: "We got it made on a micro-budget of $4 million in 25 days.

"It was super intense. I had never done a film like that in my career. It was very empowering."

To read why J.Lo is still a hopeless romantic, pick up a copy of the magazine, out now.

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