Since her debut in the world of showbiz way back in the early nineties, Jennifer Lopez has racked up a lot of screen time, both in movie theatres and in sitting rooms across the world.
The Jennifer Lopez filmography began in 1990 when she scored a dance slot on Yo! MTV Raps as a back up dancer for New Kids On The Block. Three years later, she landed a job as back up dancer for Janet Jackson.
Although there is no question that Janet is a pop world mega-star, since those early days, Jennifer Lopez has managed to achieve a fame and longevity that surpasses Michael’s little sister.
She did star in a number of small television roles before hitting the big screen for real in 1997 with Selena. Her many TV parts included roles in South Central, Second Chances and Hotel Malibu.
She won roles in two films that would prove to be key steps in her early acting life. She starred alongside Jimmy Smits in the 1995 drama, My Family and the action film, Money Train, with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.
Then Selena came along, a role which stretched her as an actress, marked a serious turning point in the Jennifer Lopez filmography and won her a Golden Globe nomination.
A series of starring roles followed. She starred alongside Jon Voight in Anaconda and Sean Penn in U Turn. In 1998, she became the first Latin actress to earn more than $1 million when she played the leading lady opposite George Clooney in Out Of Sight.
This role further cemented her reputation as a serious Hollywood leading lady and a box office earner. A psychological thriller called The Cell followed and then in 2001 she starred next to Matthew McConaughey in The Wedding Planner.
The Wedding Planner was the first of a series of rom-coms in the Jennifer Lopez filmography and she quickly earned herself a name as a talented comic actress.
Both The Wedding Planner and her third studio album debuted at Number 1 that year, 2001, making Jennifer the first woman to ever achieve such a feat.
In 2003, Main In Manhattan, in which Lopez plays a struggling single mom, was to become one of her top earning films, pulling in more than $94 million at the box office.
In Maid In Manhattan she stars alongside Ralph Fiennes and although this wasn’t a role that was critically lauded, many people did comment on her ability to play downtrodden characters despite the obvious opulence of her real life.
It is this down-to-earth quality that keeps Jennifer in touch with her fans and ensures her on-going popularity. For the future she is returning to the television screen and sitting rooms as a judge on American Idol.
In 2011 she will also guest star on the popular TV show, How I Met Your Mother. TV or big screen, the Jennifer Lopez filmography is far from over.
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