Jennifer Lopez and Her New Leading Role to Help Kids
Working with Boys & Girls Clubs, the superstar and 'Idol' judge gives back to those who helped her as a teen.
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Lopez's professional life has never been more exciting. She stars in two upcoming movies, May's dramedy What to Expect When You're Expecting opposite Cameron Diaz, and the fall thriller Parker with Jason Statham. "Acting is one of my first loves and is incredibly inspiring," she says.
On the television front, in addition to Idol, Lopez is both executive producer and host of the FOX show ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen, which spots promising talent in Latin America. "It's been a profoundly rewarding experience for me," she says. "We have found some incredible singers, dancers, and performers, and hopefully this show will change some of their lives. That feels good."
The Maribel Foundation
Equally gratifying is her charity work: Lopez and her sister Lynda started The Maribel Foundation, which connects doctors with underserved communities. The first clinic opened in Puerto Rico last year, and another will start soon in Panama. "It's such a personal love project for me and Lynda," says Lopez. "When we became parents and our kids would be sick, we started thinking how lucky we are that it was possible to take care of them with good health care. There are so many parents in the world who do not have the same opportunity."
Parenthood, Lopez says, is her most important motivation. "My life is entirely different since Emme and Max have come into it. There is no greater love than being a mother. There is love, and then there is love." Despite her other commitments, "my kids and family come first," she insists. "As Emme and Max grow up, I want to share all of their experiences. They won't happen twice. Balance is a challenge sometimes, but staying focused on priorities is practical. This is not all about me."
These days, her favorite activity is walking in the park with her children. "To see what they see and hear what they say brings me so much joy." And she is beginning to pass on to her twins the most important lessons she has learned. "If I could teach them anything, it would be to love yourself," she says, before adding, "And don't be so hard on yourself. Life is generous with second chances."