Jennifer Lopez Says She Had to Fight to Get Her Role in The Wedding Planner

Christopher Rosa
·2 min read

From Hustlers to Monster-in-Law, Jennifer Lopez has starred in some of the most iconic movies of the past 20 years. But perhaps the most iconic is The Wedding Planner, a 2001 romantic comedy costarring Matthew McConaughey. It was a bonafide hit, opening at number one at the box office the same week Lopez’s album, J.Lo, topped the charts. To this day Lopez is still the only entertainer in history to have a number one album and movie at the same time. 

But she almost wasn’t in The Wedding Planner. Lopez opened up about fighting to get the role in a new interview for Variety's Power of Women series. In it, she talks about being typecast early on as the “maid” and “dishwasher” and desperately wanting to beak out of that mold. 

“I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that,’” Lopez recounted. “I had to kind of break out of that and convince somebody to put me in the first romantic comedy, which I think was The Wedding Planner. [Director] Adam Shankman put me in that movie.”

But getting Shankman on board was only half the battle. Her then agent and now producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, had to get the studio to agree to Lopez’s rate. Execs were dragging their feet. “[She was] asking for a certain price that [she] thought I merited and they were buckling back on us,” Lopez said. “Then, [Adam] came to one of my record signings and he said, “Give her whatever she wants.’ The line was around the block.”

And the rest is history. Lopez got a $9 million payday for starring in The Wedding Planner, a record-breaking rate for a Latina actor at that time. Thank God this happened, because I can't imagine anyone else in the role.

Watch Jennifer Lopez talk about this for yourself in the video, above. 

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Originally Appeared on Glamour