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Jennifer Lopez reveals she nearly turned down role in ‘Hustlers’ to spend more time with her family


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With more than 20 years under her belt as a pioneering artist, Jennifer Lopez has learned that it’s all about balance when it comes to sustaining a successful career.

In a new feature story for Variety, Lopez shares how she manages to find equilibrium amidst her juggling act of being a global star, mother of two and the soon-to-be wife of Alex Rodriguez. She says it all comes down to carving out quality time for her family — even if that means nearly turning down her role in the hotly-anticipated film, Hustlers.

“We were supposed to do it last summer, and I had worked so much,” Lopez explained. “I was like, ‘I have to stay home with my kids and Alex.’”

Fortunately, director Lorene Scafaria was able to persuade the Bronx-bred entertainer to stay with the project by postponing production.

In Hustlers, Lopez stars as Ramona, the ringleader of a New York City strip club who masterminds a plan to turn the tables on her Wall Street clients. She’s joined by a star-studded cast that includes Constance Wu, Lizzo, KeKe Palmer and Cardi B

Lopez says the role shows her range as an actress. 

“Maybe 30 years ago, it was very ‘Oh, you’re the Latin girl. You’ll do Spanish roles; you’ll play maids; you’ll only be limited to this little box,’” she said. “It’s about getting people in the business — the agents, the managers, the Tommy Mottolas of the world — to believe this girl can do more. But you have to prove yourself, too.”

Hustlers hits heaters on September 13.

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