Jennifer Lopez and the cast of “Hustlers” debuted the new strip-club heist movie at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, and JLo felt the need to set the record straight about some reports about co-star Constance Wu.
During filming, stories emerged of diva-like behaviour from the “Crazy Rich Asians” star, along with reports of friction with Lopez — none of which Lopez says is true.
“I have the most amazing relationship with Constance. She was a doll baby to me on the set and to everybody every time I was on the set,” Lopez tells USA Today.
“It was 29 days and I was there most days,” she adds. “I don’t know if there was somebody [talking to the media] who had a gripe or she had a bad day one day. Who knows? I know how this can go sometimes, and how really nice, good people can be portrayed as something other than what they are. That’s a fun headline for people but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. My experience with her was lovely. We became really great friends.”
Pointing out that “making movies is hard,” Lopez insists that “people are allowed to get cranky sometimes. I’m not saying that was her. But everybody’s human. So I don’t know where that came from but it wasn’t my experience at all. I love her. And she’s great in this movie, too.”
The film’s director, Lorene Scafaria, tells USA Today that she took the rumours about Wu personally, noting that “there’s dash of racism and a dash of sexism” in the stories.
“I found it to be just a real insult to my set, to be honest,” says Scafaria. “We had such an incredible time together. Everyone got along so well. Jennifer and Constance had this instant chemistry with each other and really did have this big sister/little sister relationship.”