When the full-length trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming Prime Video authentic was launched a number of weeks in the past, many followers had been slightly confused by what they noticed.
The 2-and-a-half minute trailer crammed in every little thing from Bollywood-esque dance numbers to group remedy classes to sci-fi setpieces, as alongside a soundtrack of brand name new J Lo music.
What … is it, followers questioned? A music video? A visible album? A giant funds Hollywood musical?
The particular is the truth is a visible accompaniment to J Lo’s upcoming ninth studio album, This Is Me … Now, launched this Friday.
The album serves as a sequel to her 2002 effort This Is Me … Then. The 2 data share an identical musical DNA: Each are J Lo deep in her R&B bag, serving intimate love songs relatively than four-on-the-floor bangers.
In addition they have one different factor in frequent: Ben Affleck. The pair had been in an intense, very public relationship again within the early noughties, earlier than they cut up and each married different individuals. Finally, they discovered their approach again to one another, and eventually tied the knot in 2022.
Whereas Affleck doesn’t characteristic within the particular, the weird path of their relationship has served as inspiration for the story, which options Lopez as an unnamed love addict who embarks on a fantastical, musical journey to attaining inside peace in order that she will actually be prepared for love.
As you might need guessed from that description, the ensuing movie is sort of camp and is greatest watched with a number of pals and several other extra drinks (Professional tip: Take a shot each time J Lo out of the blue bursts into track or addresses her inside youngster).
Given the private origins of This Is Me … Then, nothing is off limits when J Lo hops on a Zoom name to debate the undertaking. Refreshingly, that is no celeb interview the place private questions are out of bounds – quite the opposite, Lopez brings up her husband a number of instances unprompted within the dialog, explaining how their reconnection had impressed her newest undertaking.
“I at all times was making and doing music individually, however I at all times knew I wished to type of mush them collectively, however I simply didn’t understand how,” Lopez stated of the particular’s origins.
Inspiration struck when her relationship with Affleck was rekindled in spite of everything these years.
“I used to be extremely impressed when Ben got here again into my life and having the type of blessing of this second probability at real love and it simply type of poured out of me. After which as soon as it was carried out, it simply felt very particular.”
Lopez is clearly a canny superstar, conscious that many followers have been simply as invested within the ups and downs of her love life (Affleck is her fourth husband) over time as they’ve been on her music and films. She stated she hoped This Is Me … Then would give them a sign of the place she’s at now.
“Individuals have been on this journey with me my entire life: Is she actually going to seek out love? What’s going to occur together with her? And I had a whole lot of questions: Does real love exist? Does something final perpetually? And as soon as I felt like I had solutions, I wished to share it,” she stated.
“The fascinating factor is how did I get from right here to right here? How did this occur? And so there was simply one other a part of the story to inform.”
Whereas utilizing her personal life as inspiration for the album and particular felt “pure”, Lopez additionally conceded she had some reservations about exposing a lot of herself.
“Whenever you’ve been within the public eye for so long as I’ve, you’ve gone via instances the place individuals have been merciless or imply about you … so at instances I used to be very afraid to make use of the inspiration of a number of the issues that had occurred in my very own life within the film,” she stated.
“However I can’t ever as an artist permit that to dictate actually what my intestine is telling me to do. So I simply type of adopted my coronary heart.”
This Is Me Now: A Love Story launches globally on Prime Video February 16, coinciding with the discharge of the album This Is Me … Now.