Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini are bringing their longtime friendship to the big screen in the upcoming romantic-comedy, “Second Act”.
The film is Lopez’s return to rom-com movies after “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” debuted six years ago and sees the actress play a 40-year-old woman who accidentally lands a fancy corporate job on Madison Avenue, while Remini plays her supportive best friend.
Speaking with ET Canada’s Keshia Chante about their new film, Lopez and Remini reveal that their off-screen friendship translated naturally onto the screen.
“It was little bit of ad-libbing and bringing our real-life friendship to the screen,” says Lopez. “That’s what we wanted. That was the goal.”
She explains, “The goal is to get our friendship – the heart, the soul, the brutal honesty, the laughter, the support, all of it – on the screen. If we can do that in every scene, then I know there’s going to be something special.”
Remini adds, “It was such a great experience for me to be able to work with someone I really, really trust. I don’t do this a lot. This is my first big, major film, so to be there every day […] it was really about doing a movie with my friend. And it was amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”
Recalling one particularly awkward scene with Remini in the film, Lopez says, “I can let her see my vulnerabilities and my deepest, darkest kind of feelings of inadequacies at times, which we all have, and she just stands there and smiles and I know I’m not alone,” adding, “I couldn’t have done that with anybody else.”
While the pair loved working together on the film, they admit there were moments when they annoyed one another on-set.
Remini jokes, “She’s on a diet and I’m like, ‘Let’s go for pizza.’ It’s funny because a lot of what I’m asked is like, ‘What do you guys do together as friend?'”
Lopez replies, “We sit in fuzzy socks,” to which Remini adds, “with no makeup and hair up and hair out by the way.”
Lopez chimes, “And talk about ourselves and everybody else in our lives.”