Ben Affleck Opens Up About Being 'in Awe' of Jennifer Lopez and Her Career

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After being named Adweek’s 2021 Brand Visionary, Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend Ben Affleck said the honor is well-deserved and went on to say that he’s “in awe” of J-Lo.

“All I can tell you is that I have seen firsthand the difference representation makes because I have seen, over and over and over and over, women of color approach Jennifer and tell her what her example as a strong woman and a woman succeeding and demanding her fair share in the business world means to them,” Affleck shared with the publication. “I am in awe of what Jennifer’s effect on the world is. At most, as an artist, I can make movies that move people. Jennifer has inspired a massive group of people to feel they have a seat at the table in this country.”

He continued, “That is an effect few people throughout history have had, one I will never know and one I can only stand by and admire with respect.”

Lopez and Affleck were engaged in 2002 but split in 2004 after postponing their wedding. The couple got back together this year and Lopez made her relationship with the actor Instagram official back in July.

Affleck’s good friend Matt Damon spoke about the relationship and how they were previously treated by the press while on Desus & Mero. “Well, yeah, it’s weird, but… The press was particularly terrible to them 18 years ago, so what’s nice is at least they’re being nice this time around,” Damon said earlier this summer. Damon also told Extra that Affleck “deserves every happiness in the world” when speaking about his friend’s rekindled romance. He continued, “I’m glad for both of them.”

Elsewhere in the Adweek interview, Lopez spoke about her brand partnerships.

“I chose to be a brand ambassador for companies like L’Oréal and Louis Vuitton when others weren’t really doing that,” Lopez said. “There was so much kind of taboo for real artists or actresses or recording artists to do those type of things. But I felt that it was important to start seeing somebody who looked like me in those ads, because it had been the same look for so long. And to see a Latina there, a young Latin girl, at the time for me was very, very important.”

Head over to Adweek to read the interview/profile in full.

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