I will preface this post by saying that I am really not a J. Lo fan. I don’t own any of her albums. I have never bought her perfume or any pieces from her clothing line, and I don’t watch many of her films. I do plan on seeing El Cantante though because the story of Hector Lavoe is one that needs to be heard, and I do like Marc Anthony’s music. However, I do respect that she works hard, wears underwear, always appears to practice personal hygiene, and by all accounts, never shows up drunk or high to work or other events.
That being said, I came across this article where J. Lo and Marc Anthony warn young stars to avoid the enablers who indulge and say “yes” to whatever the stars want to keep them happy. We have seen less of La Lopez since she married Marc, and she said that this move on her part was a conscious, mature decision. I’m sure that someone told her or she came to the realization that she was not doing herself any favors by being available to be photographed and splashed across the tabloids every week. Remember the days when we knew where she had appeared with P. Diddy and every plan she had with Ben Affleck? I’m ashamed to admit that I know as much about J. Lo as I do because of the celebrity feeding frenzy in the media. But I have to commend her for staying out of the spotlight for a little while and choosing to live her life quietly as a private citizen.
I also hope that El Cantante lives up to its hype. That would be sweet for both J. Lo and Marc Anthony and really for the rest of us Latinos in general, as it would send a message that films about us are in demand and worth marketing to the broader American audience. I think that it will also illustrate to the younger talent in Hollywood that you can reshape your image by avoiding the media like J. Lo has managed to do and come back and create notable films. I hope that her time away from the spotlight has helped her grow personally and as an actress. For awhile there, I think that most of us can agree that she was overexposed, and that exposure really was not doing anything for her art, image, or personal relationships.