The hustle instilled in her, as one of three daughters of a computer technician and a kindergarten teacher, has served her well professionally. Nuyorican, the production company she founded nearly two decades ago, has lately been on an upswing, with TV series (âShades of Blue,â the NBC cop drama that she starred in for three seasons, until it ended in August; âGood Trouble,â a spinoff of her Freeform family show âThe Fosters;â and the popular reality series âWorld of Dance,â on which Lopez is a judge) and many movie projects in the works.
They include romantic comedies like âMarry Me,â a takeoff on âNotting Hill,â but with music; an HBO drama about the life of Griselda Blanco, the Miami drug kingpin; and another true-story feature about strippers who schemed to defraud their customers. A mini-series about the Latin American history of California, with Gregory Nava, the screenwriter of âSelena,â and a behind-the-barre show set in a university dance department â âFameâ meets âBlack Swanâ â are also in development, Goldsmith-Thomas said.
Though Lopez is interested in giving more representation to Latinx characters and artists, she said, she also believes not every story needs that. With romantic comedies and the like, âyou just want it to be a person â everyman, everywoman.â The new movie doesnât explore Mayaâs roots. âIt doesnât matter,â Lopez said, dropping in an expletive. âLike, sheâs a person with feelings. Thatâs it. Sheâs a human being who struggles.â
Meanwhile, Lopez is so radiant, she looks like sheâs been Instagram-filtered. As I sat across from her, surrounded by tall orchids and bright roses, those aphoristic pillows started to seem really credible, especially with a phalanx of uniformed staff to clean and fluff them. She was willfully positive (happiness is âthe choice I make every dayâ) but also bristled, in a relatable way, at how women have been forever discounted. In the Timeâs Up era, âI really feel like weâre changing that,â she said.