Jennifer Lopez opened up about the supportive role played by Ben Affleck, during moments of self-doubt as she shared the advice by husband offered to her when she questioned her writing abilities while working on the film This Is Me...Now.
During a press conference on Thursday, The Mother star and Dave Meyers, the director of the project, discussed their ambitious new collaboration.
In the event, Lopez,57, disclosed how her spouse the Gone Girl star played a role in assuaging her concerns throughout the production process.
“I was like, ‘I don’t write, I don’t do this.’ He was like, ‘You do, you write, you direct, you produce, you choreograph, you do all the things. Start stepping into that, start owning a little bit of who you are,’” she remembered Affleck telling her.
Meyers remarked that their rekindled relationship greatly influenced the original film's direction.
He highlighted a specific scene wherein Lopez portrays a diligent construction worker in a heart factory, illustrating how their revived romance served as a significant source of inspiration for the movie's storyline.
Meyers said, “Metaphorically, it is true,” adding, “That stemmed from her telling me the pain that she’s been in, specifically the pain that she went through when she broke up with Ben the first time. There was a lot of honesty that was shared in that first meeting, and so the heart factory became sort of a Titanic-level meltdown, which was a metaphor for what she was giving me as far as her truth.”
Speaking at the press conference, Lopez mentioned that the origins of the film are rooted in the album, and she also expressed that she perceives the present moment in her life as “magical and even surreal at times.”
The Marry Me star mentioned that the ambitious project, reportedly self-funded by her according to Meyer, has initiated a fresh phase in her career and represented a significant milestone in her personal journey.
For the unversed, This Is Me…Now: A Love Story presents a musical and visual reinterpretation of the life moments that influenced Jennifer Lopez's forthcoming album, This Is Me…Now, acting as a follow-up to her 2002 album, This Is Me…Then.
The production features an array of notable guest appearances, including Ben Affleck, Post Malone, Fat Joe, Keke Palmer, Trevor Noah, and Sofia Vergara.