Aside from being the usual suspect who shuts down any red carpet and stage (remember her MTV Video Music Awards Performance this year?) something Jennifer Lopez said in an interview this year stuck with me. “I never feel like I have arrived,” she said reflecting on how her career has spawned two decades.
“I think in any career, you just have to really work harder than anybody else,” she continued. “Honestly, that’s been the secret sauce for me. I just don’t let up. I just keep going and try harder and keep trying to evolve and grow within what I’m doing so I don’t kind of get stale and stagnant. I’m always pushing myself.”
Last night, Lopez performed at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The Sia-penned song was Limitless, her new track from her film Second Act (released later this year in Australia). In the romantic-comedy, the 49-year-old plays a woman in New York who lies about her qualifications on her CV in order to get the high-paying job she knows she can do.
But it was while rehearsing for last night’s AMA’s performance that we get a sneak peek into not only JLo as a boss, but as a driver of female strength. Watch her here as she instructs her all-female dances on the power she requires from them, not just physically, but emotionally as well.
“It can’t be soft, it can’t be pretty, it can’t be beautiful,” she says. “It has to look like a man dancing it, if that makes any sense. It has to have that type of strength. Because what we’re saying is we’re equal. What we’re saying is we’re just as strong as you are, if not stronger. But you guys can only say that with your bodies. I want all women up there with me. I don’t want to have to put guys in there to make it strong.”
“I want everybody to feel like, ‘I am everything I am, I am limitless. I don’t have an end. There is no end to what I can do, what I can accomplish, what I can achieve.’” Watch the moment here:
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) October 8, 2018
And here, the final performance.