Romcom queen Jennifer Lopez is back with her new flick Marry Me

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Jennifer Lopez stars as Katalina “Kat” Valdez in Marry Me. (PHOTO: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)
Jennifer Lopez stars as Katalina “Kat” Valdez in Marry Me. (PHOTO: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)

Marry Me is Jennifer’s first film appearance since 2018’s Second Act, and the singer is happy to be back in a genre that has become something of a signature act for her.

This time she plays Katalina “Kat” Valdez, a pop star who is set to walk down the aisle with Bastian, played by Colombian singer Maluma.

But at the ceremony, held in New York’s Madison Square Garden, she discovers a TMZ article that her husband-to-be has cheated on her with her assistant.

Embarrassed by the revelation, Kat spots a man in the crowd holding a “Marry Me” sign and on a whim decides to go with it.

“Why not? Yes, I’ll marry you,” she tells Charlie Gilbert, played by Owen Wilson.

The couple say their “I dos” and so begins a most unlikely love story.

marry me
Owen Wilson stars as Charlie Gilbert, the man who Kat spontaneously marries. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Alamy)

Jennifer says the movie is a breath of fresh air after the pandemic.

“I know all of us have been thinking a lot about what kinds of movies will get audiences off their couches and into theatres. Well, I've made one,” she says.

“And it has a little bit of something for everyone – music, romance, and comedy, emotion. It's been a while. It's just one of those movies that makes you feel good and who's not ready for that after the last year and a half?”

Marry Me is also the first time JLo will be singing in a movie since her breakout role in 1997’s Selena, a biopic about murdered Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

WILL LIFE IMITATE ART?

She might be walking down the aisle in real life too – but it won’t be with a stranger.

Jennifer and actor Ben Affleck rekindled their romance earlier this year, 19 years after they dated in 2002.

The couple called off their engagement in 2004 and each went on to marry other people and have kids.

Ben (49) married actress Jennifer Garner and they had kids Violet (15), Seraphina (12) and Samuel (9).

JLo and her ex-husband, Marc Anthony, share 13-year-old twins Max and Emme.

Both were eventually divorced and it wasn’t until JLo called off her engagement to baseball star Alex Rodriguez that the stars realigned for the couple.

Sources close to the pair said they “don’t feel the need to get engaged yet or even tie the knot”.

“They have both been there and don't feel it's necessary,” an insider revealed.

“They are both very secure within their relationship and Ben worships her. It's truly meant to be and everyone around them thinks they are a perfect match.”

But things have since changed, with those in the know saying Ben could soon ask the star to marry him.

“They feel so blessed to be living this real-life fairytale, and will be getting engaged, then married, down the line. Without any shadow of doubt.”

bennifer
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez seen taking a stroll in Los Angeles in December. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

NO SLOWING DOWN

Between her engagement and split from A-Rod, then hooking up with Ben, her personal life hogged the headlines this year, but in 2022 she’s going to be focused on making movies.

Her production company, Nuyorican Productions, has signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce feature films, TV series and unscripted content.

Among the movies in the works is The Mother, in which she plays an assassin, and a sci-fi thriller, Atlas. Jennifer not only stars in the movies but is also producing both films.

She’s also set to play the lead role in the romcom action film. Shotgun Wedding. opposite Josh Duhamel.

It’s going to be a busy year for JLo but the 52-year-old says she has never been afraid of hard work.

“My business philosophy is that you have to work harder than everybody else,” she says.

“I always tell my kids and they’re like, ‘Yeah, we know you work hard’. I’m like, ‘No, it’s not just that I work hard. I put in harder work than everybody else. I work harder and harder and harder and harder. When everybody is sleeping, I’m doing more’.

“It’s just a relentless pursuit of creativity.”

Jennifer adds that after more than two decades of doing films, the nerves that come with stepping into a new role have subsided.

“I think you are always kind of excited at the undertaking of a new role, a new movie,” she says.

“And I’ve done them for so long that you’re not nervous, nervous. There are like butterflies, but it’s not the nerves.”

SOURCES: CINEMABLEND.COM, PEOPLE.COM, ELLE.COM, THETHINGS.COM, EW.COM

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24