J.Lo also wants an Academy Award.
"I think everybody that has ever taken acting seriously would love to be recognized in that way," Lopez told me yesterday while she and Jason Statham were promoting their new crime thriller Parker (in theaters Jan. 25) at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. "Of course! Why not?"
She's even thought about her acceptance speech. "It changes every so often over the years," Lopez, who recently signed with power talent agency CAA, said with a laugh. "Different people, different things."
If the day comes that she is nominated for the coveted gold man, we can't wait to see what she'd wear to the show. "Oh, trust me," she said. "I'll be ready."
She certainly was body-ready when she filmed a scene in Parker in which Statham's character makes her strip to her underwear and bra.
"It was nerve-racking," Lopez remembered. "I was like, 'Oh, how is this going to look? Who's lighting this?' But you know, I had to get in shape physically but also emotionally. I had to build up to it mentally, prepare yourself to know you are just going to be standing there naked vulnerably and in a very vulnerable emotional way as well."
She keeps fit with a trainer from Tracy Anderson, but admits she sometimes strays. "I should be more healthy, to be honest," Lopez said. "My kids eat healthier than I because you want them to be healthy. But I have bad habits from, you know, growing up in the Bronx—Hawaiian Punch, Kool-Aid! The more sugar, the better!"
Lopez also admits she could have done American Idol "longer, but I just felt like I gotta go on tour and I have these movies to make…I think it's a good time for me to do more movies."
You hear that, Oscar?