Jennifer Lopez’s first serious screen role in Gregory Nava’s 1995 Latino melodrama My Family followed years of training in television movies and series. Like Rosie Perez, Lopez began her career as a Fly Girl — a dancer on the sketch comedy series, In Living Color — and appeared in music videos by Puff Daddy and Janet Jackson. Her big break came in 1997 when she appeared in the title role of Nava’s Selena, the story of the successful Tejano singer who was tragically murdered in 1995.
Lopez was at first cast as a femme fatale — due in no small part to her classic Latina beauty (she was born in the Bronx to parents of Puerto Rican descent) — and worked almost exclusively with acclaimed directors: Francis Ford Coppola (Jack, 1996), Oliver Stone (U-Turn, 1997), and Bob Rafelson (Blood and Wine, 1996). In 1998, she had one of her most acclaimed roles, starring opposite George Clooney in Out of Sight, Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation the Elmore Leonard novel. Cast as a deputy federal… read more
She's quite a wonderful actress. Like Ulrich said below me, though, she kinda has a habit of picking some of the wrong things. But even in shlock like "Shall We Dance?" she manages to bring a very natural and likable presence to the screen. And prior to what people think, she was actually pretty damn wonderful in "Gigli".