J-Lo wins mom’s approval by working with Redford

NEW YORK (Reuters) – She’s made nearly 30 movies, earned
millions from her music, launched her own fashion label and
married a superstar but Jennifer Lopez says she finally won her
mom’s approval by working with Robert Redford.

“He was my mother’s favorite actor of all time,” Lopez told
reporters in New York before Friday’s release of “An Unfinished
Life” in which she stars opposite the Hollywood legend.

“This is the man my mother lived for. My career means
something now because I’ve worked with Robert Redford.”

Lopez’s acting career has seen highs and lows — she was
nominated for a Golden Globe for the 1997 film “Selena” but won
Hollywood’s least-coveted award, a “Razzie,” for the worst in
the business, for the 2003 film “Gigli.”

After the critically acclaimed “Out of Sight” with George
Clooney in 1998 she launched her alternative career as a
musician, achieving commercial success that has sometimes
overshadowed her parallel work in romantic comedies such as
“Maid in Manhattan” and “The Wedding Planner.”

Her real life romantic dramas have often attracted as much
attention as her work, from a spectacular public bust-up with
actor Ben Affleck to last year’s marriage to Latin music star
Marc Anthony.

In her new film, Lopez plays the widowed and estranged
daughter-in-law of Redford’s character. She returns to his
ranch in Wyoming with her daughter to escape an abusive

She made the film more than two years ago, right after
“Maid in Manhattan.”

“There was a real desire to do something a little bit more
character-driven, a little bit more dramatic,” she said.

“I go back and forth. It’s something I’ve always done. Of
course the romantic comedies and the commercial successes get
more attention but this is something that I enjoy doing.”

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