A trailer for Netflix’s new documentary Halftime, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at Jennifer Lopez’s life as she prepares to appear on the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show, was released Wednesday, and it’s a view you don’t usually get to see the woman known as J. Lo.
“‘Halftime’ offers an intimate look behind the scenes and reveals the determination and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is,” Netflix describes the film. “The documentary focuses on Lopez in the latter half of her career and continues to inspire with her endurance, creative brilliance and cultural contributions against the backdrop of her landmark performance at the Super Bowl.”
(Note: some vulgar language can be heard in the trailer.)
At about 2 1/2 minutes, the trailer shows us a determined Lopez guiding her dancers as they prepare for the big show, and we get a glimpse of her muscle movements as well as the training she goes through to get those muscles .
At 52, it’s easy to imagine that Lopez is really only halfway through her life and career. Fast video footage shows J.Lo as a fashion icon, outspokenly hoping for an Oscar nomination for “Hustlers,” dancing on a stage and pole with equal ease (and impossibly high-heeled shoes).
“I do this to connect with people and make them feel things,” she says in one scene. “Because I want to feel something.”
There is a degree of caution in being such a public figure. Lopez admits that she’s “lived in the public eye and I really believed a lot of what they said.” The quote is followed by some of the more snarky comments she’s had to make over the years, including questions about her butt and her ability to sing.
At one point, her fiancé Ben Affleck says, “I said to her once, ‘Don’t you mind?’ and she said, ‘I expected that.'”
But while Lopez is being acclaimed for his great form, talent and exciting stage presence, he says in the trailer, “I just had really low self-esteem. I really had to find out who I am and believe in that and not believe anything else.”
“Halftime” will stream on Netflix on June 14th.