Jennifer Lopez has in the industry for years. everyone assumed because she had not shared her own story during the height of the MeToo movement there was no story. This is completely false. After years, she is sharing her own story for the world to know. The Hollywood Reporter held their annual actress roundtable to discuss the state of the entertainment industry and how it needs to evolve for women. Here she shared her own story with other actresses: Renée Zellweger, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong'o, Awkwafina, and Scarlett Johansson.
Empowered by the #MeToo Movement
Jennifer Lopez credited the #MeToo and Time's Up movements for starting the change the entertainment industry needed for women and having to deal with predators.
In retelling her story, she shared how early in her career a director asked her to take off her top. Lopez said, “The director wanted to see my boobs because I was supposed to do nudity in the movie,” She said, “No! But it was so funny because I remember being so panicked in the moment. I don't have to show you my – No. On the set, you see them”. She mentions how the director requested this in front of the costume designer who was in the room with her.
This is completely ridiculous as the costume designer was a woman too. How disgusting do you have to be to do this? Do they have no shame? At least, she felt comfortable enough to share the story and add to the validity that women are constantly degraded on set. It is sad women definitely have to be protected in a space where they are coming to do this job, but then again that's how the MeToo movement began too.
Boldness Paid Off
Jennifer feels so proud of her actions that day. She never shared who the director was or the movie she was working on at the time, but hopes this will be good for women to boldly deny these men in power. If Lopez had never denied the man that access he would have continued harassing her and probably to another woman.
Lopez shared, “If you give in, in that moment, all of a sudden that person is off and running, thinking they can do whatever they want. And because I put up a little boundary right there and said no, he laid off and then later on apologized”. He knew what he was doing was terrible, but did it because he had power. What a shame!