Jennifer Lopez: I Wish Motherhood Happened To Me Earlier In Life

Jennifer Lopez: I Wish Motherhood Happened To Me Earlier In Life

Jennifer Lopez welcomed her twins Max and Emme two years ago and now she’s reliving her pregnancy on the big screen in The Back-Up Plan. In the romantic comedy, J.Lo plays a single mom who uses IVF to get pregnant and then meets the man of her dreams. Jenny from the block opened up to Parade about the twins, her new album and how she wishes motherhood happened earlier in life.

On having twins: “I was in denial that I was even pregnant, so when I found out I was having twins, I kind of just laughed and went, ‘Like, of course this would happen.’ I started giggling and Marc started crying and it was joyous. The best part of having two babies at once, a son and a daughter, is mostly everything. You’re just having that feeling of love inside you all the time and motherhood is such a fulfilling place to be. I kind of wish it would have happened to me earlier in my life.”

On the biggest challenges of motherhood: “Now, they’re two and noticing everything I do. It’s like if I give one a little bit of candy or food or whatever, I give the other one a little bit too. If I kiss my daughter I go, ‘Oh, I don’t want my son to see me kissing her without kissing him.’ So you just have to make sure that they both felt equally loved and I guess that’s the toughest part of being a mom to twins.”

On having more children: “Marc and I had a really good agreement. I said to him, ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever be pregnant again, this might be the only time in my life that this happens, you’ve got to make it good. You’ve got to be good. We’re going to enjoy every single moment of this.’ And he was like, ‘OK.’ And I had a wonderful pregnancy.”

On Marc and the pregnancy pillow: “Carrying twins was really uncomfortable because you lay on one side and you feel there’s a baby, and you lay on the other side and you feel there’s a baby. So I had a really hard time with it. I actually had this really big pregnancy pillow, just like my character in the movie, that I used at night and Marc still sleeps with it to this day.”

On Marc being OK with her sexy scene with Alex O’Loughlin: “There’s no need to torture each other. Those things are difficult enough to do without bringing your spouse to work or talking about it when you get home. It’s acting and we try and be as professional in those situations as we can, but it’s super uncomfortable, especially when you know the other actor.”

On her new album: “I’ve been working on it probably since last summer and we’re aiming for a release this summer. It’s the same as I’ve always done, there’s always gonna be that combination of, like, dance and street and a little bit of hip hop and a little bit of R&B — just all of those influences that I grew up with. I wrote a song for the babies. I don’t know if I’m gonna put that on the album. But there will be a song that I call ‘Love?’ with a question mark because I just feel like it’s just an endlessly fascinating topic and its still very confusing to me. So I explore that on this album.”

On balancing career with motherhood: “I know now that there are more important things in life than acting and singing. Becoming a parent and having children does that, it really puts things in perspective for you. I love what I do, and I’ll always continue to do it. Actually, because of the babies, I just feel like it’s a new beginning, like it’s the start of something. That’s the feeling I think that I have and everybody in my life has, it’s just like, ‘Let’s see how the story begins.’”

On passing the big 4-0: “I think when you get into your 40′s you really have such more of a sense of yourself, that you don’t care what other people think. I don’t care what anybody thinks, I care more about what I think. I’m pleasing myself, I’m pleasing the people that are important to me, as opposed to trying to please the whole world.”

On the future: “You can’t plan life. There’s bad things and it’s tough. It’s hard every day and then something beautiful happens. Then it’s tough again and you are struggling and then there’s a miracle, and that’s really what life is. It’s not just perfect all the time, but we have those amazing moments that make everything worth it.”

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  1. Moore1

    She didn’t use IVF in the movie. It’s Artificial insemination. Very different procedures.

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