The Netflix documentary debuts in Tribeca as Lopez tackles sexism, motherhood and enduring fame.
Global superstar Jennifer Lopez is just getting started. The multi-hyphenated Grammy nominee is the focus of the Netflix documentary Halftime, which premieres June 8 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The streamer will direct the film, directed by Oscar-nominated Tribeca graduate Amanda Micheli (“Vegas Baby”), on June 14. Check out the trailer below.
While the documentary depicts J.Lo’s rise to fame, the feature film trailer is framed by Lopez’s determination to be “taken seriously” by the media, her peers, and the music and film industries at hand.
From presenting a tearful Lopez reaction to her “Hustlers” Oscar denial, to reliving rumors that Lopez is considered a “diva” and disgraced entertainment reporter Billy Bush going after her rump (literally). Inquired, “Halftime” showcases the many hurdles Lopez has overcome throughout her legacy.
“I once said to her, ‘Do you mind?'” Lopez’s longtime love and current fiancé, Oscar winner Ben Affleck, explains in the trailer. “And she said, ‘I expected that.'”
Lopez recalls being tearfully disqualified from the Academy Awards for her scene-stealing turn in Hustlers, saying, “It was hard. I just had very low self-esteem.”
The “Jenny From the Block” singer later added, “I really had to find out who I am and believe in it and believe in nothing else.”
And Lopez’s Super Bowl halftime performance opposite Shakira was a high point for making a statement, as Lopez explained she wanted to do “something with substance” and not just “shake our damn asses” on stage.
“I’m not doing this for a price,” summarizes Lopez. “I do this to connect with people and make them feel things because I want to feel something.”
Lopez most recently starred opposite Owen Wilson in the hit Peacock film Marry Me, which was inspired by her own public life as a pop star. She also has two more films in the pipeline. There’s the romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding, starring Josh Duhamel (who replaced Armie Hammer last year) from Amazon Studios and directed by Jason Moore. Lopez also stars in Mulan director Niki Caro’s Netflix original thriller, The Mother. Both are due out this year.