At 52-years-old, Jennifer Lopez is showing no signs of slowing down. After rekindling her romance with Ben Affleck which has since resulted in the pair getting engaged, it seems like the star is ageing backwards, or at least reminding us all of the nostalgia of the early ‘00s. Since bursting onto the scene as Jenny from the Block, J.Lo has continued to garner a loyal audience of fans who continue to be mesmerised by her stunning vocals and the kind of dance moves anyone else would be rendered breathless simply trying to perform. But not J.Lo. For the woman who trains like an athlete in the gym with an unwavering work ethic, her live performances seem effortless.
It’s somewhat refreshing then, to see just how much work goes into a J.Lo performance and the sacrifices involved. Thanks to a new documentary, fans will be given the chance to go behind-the-scenes in every aspect of J.Lo’s life as she gives a raw and unfiltered insight into fame and the challenges that accompany it.
“It was hard [and I] just had a very low self-esteem,” J.Lo says in the trailer for her upcoming Netflix documentary titled Halftime, as she describes how she felt following her Hustlers snub at the Academy Awards. “I had to really figure out who I was and believe in that and not believe anything else.”
The star continued, “I do this not for an award, no, I do this to connect with people and make them feel things because I want to feel something…My whole life I’ve been battling to be heard, to be seen, to be taken seriously.”
Speaking about life in the public eye, J.Lo admits that she’s had to develop a tough skin to handle such widespread attention regarding her appearance and her love life. There’s even archival footage from her decades in Hollywood as her fiancé, Ben Affleck, shares his thoughts on her incredible fame. “I said to her once, ‘Doesn’t this bother you?’ And she said, ‘I expected it,’” says Affleck.
Directed by Amanda Micheli, the synopsis for Halftime reads that it will offer an “intimate peek behind the curtain revealing the grit and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is.” As well as delving into the response to her performance in Hustlers, the documentary will also follow J.Lo’s numerous career achievements, including her 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance alongside Shakira where she honoured her Hustlers character by pole-dancing onstage and saw Shakira and J.Lo make a political statement on the border crisis with a routine in which Lopez’s daughter, Emme, joined other kids singing in cages.
Halftime is set to land on Netflix in June, but prior to its release it will also premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on June 8. Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro said in a statement, “Powerful storytelling – whether in music, film, or games – encourages us to fight for universal values that bind humanity together. Halftime, featuring Jennifer Lopez, reminds us of that.”
Micheli added, “It’s an honour to be selected for the opening night of Tribeca, and so fitting to be celebrating this critical milestone in Jennifer’s life and career just miles from where she grew up! To have the opportunity to share this film on the big screen with a New York audience is a dream come true.”
Halftime will be available to stream on Netflix on June 14.
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