N E W Y O R K, May 22, 2002 -- 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.
ABCNEWS' DIANE SAWYER: Voice Over Tape:
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.
JENNIFER LOPEZ: No.
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.
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.'
SAWYER: 'I'm going to take action.'
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 …
SAWYER: … the system doesn't protect women a lot of the time, and you do go to lawyers who can't help you, you go to people who can't help you, and there does come a point where you've got to be able to do something if you can, at that moment.
SAWYER: And Billy, in fact, said that you practically knocked him out a couple of times.
LOPEZ: I didn't mean to.
SAWYER: Oh, how nice. How thoughtful.
LOPEZ: I had to. It was written.
SAWYER: Any man ever hit you?
No. Thank God I have never had that happen to me.
SAWYER: You know, I was surprised when I watched you on Oprah, though, because a couple of things, and then reading the clips, a couple of things you said, really, I didn't know. You said that you had made the mistake of falling for unsuitable men again and again, though.
SAWYER: You knew what that was like.
SAWYER: What were you talking about?
LOPEZ: Well, you know, I was talking more about how you get, when women get into relationships, you know, we love so completely, you know, when we do fall in love. And how you give away your power. And, you know, you start off as this kind of independent girl who has all this stuff, you know, in control in her life, and then all of a sudden, you just kind of give it all away and you're waiting by the phone for it to ring and stuff like that. So.
SAWYER: An then? Oh, I'd say, somewhere around September 29th, 2001 —
SAWYER: — you get it right?
SAWYER: Chris Judd.
SAWYER: Been married almost a year now.
SAWYER: What have you learned about yourself in this year?
LOPEZ: You know, I think the best thing that Chris ever taught me was just to learn how to balance things. You know what I mean? I am very passionate about my work and what I do. I have a lot of creative ideas. I feel this is a very creative time for me, you know, in my life. And so you let that drive you. You let that passion drive you, and you have no balance in your life. It's all about work, it's all about, you know, the next project you're working on, the next creative thing you're doing. And all of a sudden, you're like, 'where is my — where is my life?' And I was realizing that, but still not having anything in my life that I really — that really helped me get that balance. And he was … he's so peaceful and such a different type of personality than I am, that, you know, he kind of balances me out a little bit.
SAWYER: You're going to let …
LOPEZ: A little bit. Sorry.
SAWYER: You're going to let "J.Lo" go, I heard.
LOPEZ: Oh, no!
SAWYER: I read in the paper …
LOPEZ: J.Lo will never go.
SAWYER: Because I heard you're going back to Jennifer Lopez.
LOPEZ: No, I am Jen, you see, this is the thing. I've always been Jennifer!
SAWYER: Oh, you're Jennifer Lopez
LOPEZ: Yes, I'm and what happened is I named my album "J.Lo" and it kind of caught on and everybody started calling me J.Lo, so I'm in the street and people are like, 'J.Lo, J.Lo!' And it's nice, but then I'm like, you know, `you just — you can just call me Jennifer.' They're like, 'Hey, J.Lo,' so I'm like, 'please, call me Jennifer. It's cool, you know, that's my name.'
SAWYER: Right. Suddenly, you're a neon sign instead of a person?
LOPEZ: Yes. It's a different thing. All of a sudden, you're like this one little symbol, you know.
LOPEZ: It's crazy.
SAWYER: You're going to be back with us tomorrow.
SAWYER: … and we're going to talk about clothes.
SAWYER: …we're going to talk a little bit about — about Puffy and what that was all about.
SAWYER: … and also, we're going to talk about a statement you made which said 'some guys like skinny, but they're missing out.'
LOPEZ: Did I say that?
SAWYER: Yes. And I said to wonderful Alan Nierob over here a minute ago, how is it that I think, inch for inch, I probably have the same thing, but I don't get any, I can't get any mileage out of it?'
LOPEZ: Oh, please!
SAWYER: Anyway, we'll measure, and you'll be back tomorrow. And again, the movie is Enough, and it is a powerful, a powerful rallying cry.
LOPEZ: It's a lot of fun.
SAWYER: And to hear the women cheer when you …
LOPEZ: Women and men.
SAWYER: … go for it is something else.
LOPEZ: Well, the men are like rooting for me, too, at the end there.
LOPEZ: It was a lot of fun. The premiere was a lot of fun last night.
SAWYER: All right. We'll talk to you again later.
LOPEZ: Thank you.
SAWYER: It's great to see you.
LOPEZ: Good to see you.
SAWYER: Really good to meet you, Jennifer.