Jennifer Lopez on New Movie 'Enough'

Jennifer Lopez talks about her new record, her new marriage, and her new movie, Enough, with ABCNEWS' Diane Sawyer.

The following is the uncorrected, unedited transcript of the interview that aired on Good Morning America.


It's a movie about a woman who decides to fight back against an abusive husband and I mean literally fight back. Feeling that the system cannot protect her, she will protect herself. She has no choice. Here's a clip. (Clip from "Enough") And Jennifer Lopez joins us now. You know, it's so interesting because often when actors come here, you watch them watch themselves absolutely like this. But you didn't.


SAWYER: Do you like watching yourself or does it make you just a little bit edgy?

LOPEZ: Sometimes. The first time I see it, I really watch, but then after that, I kind of, you know, it's weird to see yourself over and over, and I'm used to doing it now. At first, I used to just shake uncontrollably, you know. I remember seeing my first movie, you know, they had a little screening for the actors, and I was just in the first 20 minutes of the movie. And for the rest of the two hours, I was still like a nervous wreck. I hated it, but, you know, I've gotten used to it over the years.

SAWYER: Scary movie, I told you this. I can't watch a lot of scenes when I get scared. I'm a real wuss in a movie. And you said your grandmother was so panicked during it?

LOPEZ: She saw it, she was at the premiere last night, and she saw the movie and I was like, you know, 'Buela, how did you like it?' And she was like, 'I liked the end, I liked the end.' And I said, 'What about the beginning,' and she was like 'Hm.' So later on, I see Billy Campbell, and …

SAWYER: Who is your husband in the movie.

LOPEZ: Who plays the husband. And he said, 'Your grandmother beat on me.' She was like, 'I no like you,' because she doesn't speak any English. 'I no like. Very, very bad,' you know.

SAWYER: He better watch out for her stalking him someday.

LOPEZ: Yeah.

SAWYER: Well, let's talk about this a little bit, because, in the movie, you say, or effectively, somebody says to you, 'I'm not going to be one of those women in a Country Western song, here.'

LOPEZ: Yeah.

SAWYER: 'I'm going to take action.'

LOPEZ: Uh-huh.

SAWYER: 'I am going to take real action.' And in fact, you have said, 'this is about physically getting yourself ready for the moment when you've got to defend yourself. Never stop attacking in the physical moment.'

LOPEZ: Uh-huh, uh-huh.

SAWYER: Some of the people, as you know, in in the abuse counseling industry, have said you can't tell women that — they can't do that. That something that's dangerous, even to see it in their minds.

LOPEZ: Uh-huh. Well, you know, this is a movie that has the touches upon those themes, but really, it's a thriller, you know what I mean, And it's really not about, it's about empowering yourself in any situation, you know, that you have. When I read the script, I saw it as, you have the power within yourself, no matter how severe the situation can be, to change whatever that is, to find that power within yourself to change any negative situation.

SAWYER: Well, in fact, of course, the system, as we know, because there are too many awful tragedies out there …


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