From Madonna To Salma Hayek, JLo Threw Some Serious Shade In This Interview From 1998 That’s Now Going Viral
It seems like J.Lo is everywhere right now. She hit the runway for Versace at Milan Fashion-week wearing the infamous leaf-print dress she wore to the Grammys in 2000 —nearly 20 years ago— which famously led to the creation of Google’s image search function. The 50-year old multi-hyphenate artist is earning the best reviews of her career for playing a stripper turned criminal mastermind in the film “Hustlers” which she also produced. More recently we found out that Jenny from the Block has been confirmed as headliner for the 2020 Super Bowl half-time show next to fellow Latina pop star; Shakira.
But amid the Oscars buzz the actor is getting for her role in Hustlers, a legendary shady interview of then rising-star Jennifer Lopez with Movieline in 1998 has resurfaced.
The extensive interview published by Movieline has now been re-visited over twenty years later. After Twitter user Jason Chen posted screenshots of it last week, the pop star’s very unfiltered thoughts on fellow actresses have gone viral on the social platform. In the interview, J.Lo discussed being at what she called “the bottom of the A-list of actresses,” and shared her [shady] thoughts on some of the other lady actors who were also at the height of fame around the same time, actors like; like Gwyneth Paltrow, Winona Ryder, Salma Hayek and more…many more were at the center of Jennifer Lopez’s very unfiltered thoughts.
“I’m the best,” she said in the interview, ““If you have the goods, there’s nothing to be afraid of.
The interview which turned into a straight up roast, took place when she was 27 and was full of what she called “stardom glow” after the New Yorker’s success with “Selena” and “Anaconda. “I’m the best,” she said in the interview which she famously gave poolside, while wearing a bikini, “If you have the goods, there’s nothing to be afraid of. If somebody doesn’t have the goods, they’re insecure. I don’t have that problem. I’m not the best actress that ever lived, but I know I’m pretty good.”
Get ready for some tea spillage because we broke down the infamous interview to give you the most shady opinions Jennifer Lopez had to give back in 1998:
“We’re in two different realms. She’s a sexy bombshell and those are the kinds of roles she does,” she said shadily dismissing Hayek’s acting career. “I do all kinds of different things. It makes me laugh when she says she got offered Selena, which was an outright lie. If that’s what she does to get herself publicity, then that’s her thing. Columbia offered me the choice of Fools Rush In or Anaconda, but I chose the fun B-movie because the Fools script wasn’t strong enough.”
Turns out, Jennifer Lopez is the original “I don’t know her.” While Mariah’s legendary shade of J.Lo in 2016 sent the internet into a meme frenzy, it looks like Lopez was the original shade queen, trolling another actor decades before. “Tell me what she’s been in? I swear to God, I don’t remember anything she was in. Some people get hot by association. I heard more about her and Brad Pitt than I ever heard about her work.” —Mind you, a year later in 1999, Paltrow would take home the Best Actress Oscar for her work in Shakespeare in Love.
About the lauded actress —who by this time already had two Academy Award nominations on her back— Lopez said: “In Hollywood she’s revered, she gets nominated for Oscars, but I’ve never heard anyone in the public or among my friends say, ‘Oh, I love her.’ She went on to sublty drag Winona saying: “She’s cute and talented, though, and I’d like her just for looking like my older sister, Leslie.”
When asked about Cameron Diaz, this is what J.Lo had to say: “A lucky model who’s been given a lot of opportunities I just wish she would have done more,”after the roast, she tried to say something nice…it didn’t work: “She’s beautiful and has a great presence, though, and in My Best Friend’s Wedding, I thought, ‘When directed, she can be good.’” —ouch.
Oh yes, you best believe the tea doesn’t end there. J.Lo went as far as to diss the Queen of Pop, Madonna, herself.“Do I think she’s a great performer? Yeah. Do I think she’s a great actress? No,” she said. “Acting is what I do, so I’m harder on people when they say, ‘Oh, I can do that — I can act.’ I’m like, ‘Hey, don’t spit on my craft.’ ”
Claire didn’t make it out unscathed. The starlet who at the time had gained massive notoriety after starring in Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet, was also a victim of J.Lo’s thoughts: “I feel like I see a lot of the same thing with every character she does. She’s not that way in U-Turn, though.”
Years later J. Lo confessed that she regretted her words and “cried for hours” after reading it.
Lopez famously regretted the interview and declared that her words were “missquoted” and “taken out of context.” She reportedly “cried for hours” after reading it: “I was so misquoted and so taken out of context, and it’s a sore subject for me,” Lopez told Vanity Fair in 2001. “I don’t like to hurt anybody. I don’t like to hurt their feelings. I like to joke, so I do that sometimes. What they wrote in that article hurt people.
More recently, she talked about the infamous piece with NPR just last year, stating that she was regretful about those words because she “was a nobody at the time”. “And so when I look back at it now, I go, ‘You know I never wanted to hurt anybody.’ I didn’t.”