Jennifer Lopez says she’s battled her “whole life” — yet she still faces doubts about her abilities as a performer.
The singer, actress, dancer and Super Bowl halftime performer speaks candidly about the criticism she’s faced over the years, in the trailer for her upcoming Netflix documentary Halftime.
“I’ve lived in the public eye and I really believed a lot of what they said,” she explains as pictures of tabloid headlines flash on screen and an announcer refers to her as a “diva” and “serial bride.”
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Lopez is shown working out, rehearsing dance routines and preparing for her role as a business savvy strip club performer in the 2019 film Hustlers, which she also produced.
The film received positive reviews from critics, and Lopez is asked in the trailer if she expects to be nominated for an Oscar. “I hope so,” she responds.
But when the nominations come out, Oscars voters ignore the film and Lopez is shown crying in the trailer.
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“My whole life, I’ve been battling to be heard, to be seen, to be taken seriously,” she says.
Per Netflix, “Halftime offers an intimate peek behind the curtain revealing the grit and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is, from her performances onscreen and on stages around the world, to her Super Bowl Halftime show, to the recent Presidential inauguration. The documentary focuses on an international superstar who has inspired people for decades with her perseverance, creative brilliance and cultural contributions.”
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The film comes from 25/7 & MakeMake Productions, with Amanda Micheli directing.
Lopez’s team began working with 25/7 and MakeMake in November 2019 to help decide on the film’s structure and tone. Dave Broome, CEO of 25/7, coordinated with producers Benny Medina and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
Halftime will open the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on June 8. It begins streaming June 14 on Netflix.
More information on the doc can be found here. Watch the trailer below.