Jennifer Lopez Says ‘Hustlers’ Pole Dance Scene Was ‘One Of The Hardest Things I Ever Had To Learn’

It’s almost been a year since we last saw Jennifer Lopez on the big screen.

The actress returns to theatres with her new film “Hustlers”, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Saturday night.

The film depicts a group of former strip-club employees who unite to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

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ET Canada’s Sangita Patel chatted with Lopez about her incredible performance — specifically THAT pole dance scene.

“It was one of the hardest things I ever had to learn,” says Lopez. “I was all bruised up, all up and down my legs, my shoulders, my neck, everything.”

But what is an amazing performance without a few bumps and scratches along the way? And the J-Lo we know always delivers.

“I was happy. I had put a lot of work into it,” says the 50-year-old.

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Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Watching the epic scene back for the first time, however, Lopez admits, “I wanted to get up and walk out.”

She laughs as she recalls having to remind herself, “No that’s not you. That’s Ramona [Lopez’s character].”

“Hustlers” celebrates women of different ages and sizes. “It’s for female stars. Starring in it you have all female producers behind the scenes, a female director.”

The film is directed by Lorene Scafaria, who also worked as a director on the hit television series “New Girl” and “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.

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On screen, J-Lo is accompanied by a lineup of girl power, alongside co-stars Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo.

“It’s about this underground kind of sexy but dangerous world. But from the woman’s point of view, which we never really have seen,” says the actress. Lopez compares the film to “Goodfellas”, which depicts life in the mafia, except “This time we get to see it from the woman’s point of view instead of the man’s,” says the star. “I think it’s pretty interesting.”

Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

J-Lo was joined by fiancé Alex Rodriguez on the red carpet.

When asked what he thought of the film, the former professional Major League Baseball player said, “I love the pole dancing.”

Lucky for A-Rod, he got to see it all. “He got to see it from its inception as well so he saw me when I was falling down and hitting my head and banging my knees and the progression of it into the final,” said J-Lo.


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