Jennifer Lopez is an incredible actress. But if you, like most people, only know her from her hits, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Looking at the cold hard numbers on Box Office Mojo, her biggest hits are Anaconda, Monster-in-law, Maid in Manhattan, and Jack. Fun films, but not exactly Oscar fare. More minor hits like The Wedding Planner, The Cell, Money Train and Enough, hardly help matters. And then there is the infamous bomb, Gigli.
But Jennifer Lopez is an incredible actress. Just one whose most notable films are fun at best, and excruciatingly awful at worst. Your honour, in the case for Jennifer Lopez being an incredible actress, I present exhibit A:
Out of Sight
An Unfinished Life
Shall we dance?
So, hopefully now you see for yourself that Jennifer Lopez, given the right role, a great script and a good director, is actually a wonderful actress. It’s just that audiences don’t seem to want to watch these films. They just want to see her as some lowly waitress/maid/dog-groomer character. Which I think says more about the American public/Worldwide audience, than it does about Jennifer Lopez and her career choices. She’s a smart woman, she knows the kind of films that you want to see her in. But if you seek them out, and share them with your friends, perhaps one of the greatest actresses of our generation will actually get paid her dues. And we will get to see her win a much deserved Oscar someday.