Second Act. That would be what I am experiencing in this very moment. Most people work for years hoping and praying their hard work will be recognized with a title promotion, accolades or maybe even a salary bump. What do you do when your dream becomes deferred like a raisin in the sun? You do what any woman would do. You roll up your sleeves, come up with a plan and but your buns to execute it within an inch of your life.
Jennifer Lopez and bestie Leah Remini spring their real-life chemistry to STX Entertainment’s Second Act, in which Jennifer likens her character to “…a Working Girl, It’s Wonderful Life outer-borough woman in her 40’s who thinks her life is over and gets to reinvent, evolve and have another day.” Basically, it’s not over ’til it’s over!!! For Lopez, “‘…it’s just beginning. There are things that I have accomplished yet and things I haven’t done that I feel like this is gonna be the best time of my life. I know so much more.”
Watching how gracious Jennifer was Leah and her director Peter (Segal) proves to me once again why I will spend my last dollar to see her films. Humility is a trait and virtue that some in her position do not posses and she has it by the barrel full.
THE CURVY FILM CRITIC: Hey Jennifer, Miss Leah and Mr. Peter!! Jennifer you are the Queen of Romantic Comedies. I have seen them all and I will spend money to go see your films any day.
JENNIFER LOPEZ: Awww…that’s awesome. Thank-you
THE CURVY FILM CRITIC: What is it about that genre that keeps you gravitating back towards it?
JENNIFER LOPEZ: I’m a romantic. I don’t know if you’ve heard [LAUGHTER]at heart. I’m a romantic at heart and there’s just something about this genre that it’s like real life to me. I know some people like the drama , the reality and the grittiness and I like that too. I love being in movies like that but there’s something that speaks to my soul about this. Life is funny and *ish happens and in romantic comedies you really get to see somebody break through a really deep fear usually that they have inside. I’ve struggle with that in my lie and everybody does and it’s so relatable. I love these and I love the comedy part of them. That’s why it was so great to do this with Leah, who is one of my best friends. How many times have we been sitting and talking about something, got angry with each other, started crying and then make a joke…all in the same moment. That’s what these movies are like and that’s what I love about them because that’s what life really is.
PETER SEGAL: “…to balance drama with comedy is not easy. I’ve done all sorts of comedies. I’ve done joke book comedies with Naked Gun and this has more heart and gravitas. There’s a story. A story we can’t really advertise because there’s a bit of a twist. In that…there’s a lot of serious stuff and to be able to do that and then turn around and make you laugh…there are not a lot of people who can do that and I had two.”
That slapping scene, Jennifer speaking Mandarin and that struggle of how sometimes those women choosing a career over family may have emotional scars you know nothing about.
If you love Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens or Milo Ventimiglia…you will adore Second Act