Jennifer Lopez Shares Ben Affleck’s Encouragement Amidst Writing Doubts for “This Is Me…Now” Film

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Jennifer Lopez’s Amazon Original “This Is Me…Now: A Love Story” Set to Premiere on Feb. 16

Jennifer Lopez is delving into her personal journey in her latest cinematic venture, “This Is Me…Now: A Love Story,” revealing that her real-life romance played a pivotal role in motivating her throughout the project.

During a press conference on Thursday, Lopez and Dave Meyers, the director of the project, shared insights into their ambitious collaboration. Lopez disclosed how her husband, Ben Affleck, provided encouragement during the production process, helping to alleviate her doubts.

“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,'” Lopez reminisced about Affleck’s supportive words.

Lopez, 54, and Affleck, 51, rekindled their romance in 2021 and tied the knot in July 2022. Their relationship, which initially began in the early 2000s, had a hiatus before they reconciled.

Meyers noted that their rekindled love story served as a significant influence on the film’s direction. He highlighted a particular scene featuring Lopez portraying a construction worker at a heart factory, which drew inspiration from their renewed connection.

“Meyers elaborated, stating, ‘Metaphorically, it is true.’ ‘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.'”

“This Is Me…Now: A Love Story” serves as both a musical and visual reinterpretation of the life events that inspired Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming album “This Is Me…Now,” a sequel to her 2002 album “This Is Me…Then.” The original production boasts a star-studded lineup of cameos, including appearances by Affleck, Post Malone, Fat Joe, Keke Palmer, Trevor Noah, and Sofia Vergara.

During the press conference, Lopez emphasized that the project’s genesis lies in the album’s themes, as well as her perception that the current phase of her life feels “magical and even surreal at times.”

“I went into the studio and created this album, and upon its completion, I felt there was more to explore with this music,” she reflected. “I sensed there was a bigger narrative waiting to be told. I wasn’t exactly sure what that entailed, which is why I believe we ventured into uncharted territory, creating something that defies conventional categories. It’s not quite a film, not quite a music video, but undeniably a story, something truly original.”

Lopez revealed that the ambitious project, which she reportedly self-funded according to Meyer, has ushered in “a new chapter” in her career and marked a significant “turning point” in her life.

“It concluded a 20-year journey grappling with questions about love, identity, and embracing my inner romantic,” she shared. “It signifies my transition into a more self-accepting, healthier phase of my life. Now, I’m eager to see what unfolds from here, hoping for even more extraordinary experiences than those I’ve been fortunate enough to have thus far.”

Lopez further expressed, “The film portrays the struggles and hardships that I’ve faced, moments I’ve kept hidden from the world. Finding the courage to be vulnerable and share these aspects of myself has not only increased my comfort in my own skin but has also empowered me to embrace this next chapter of my life, both as an artist and as a person.”

Acknowledging the challenges encountered along the journey, Lopez admitted, “Every step seemed to present a roadblock, but we approached each obstacle as a challenge, ultimately transforming them into opportunities for growth.”

Despite the hurdles, the culmination of their efforts resulted in a distinctive and unparalleled experience that distinguishes the project.

“This Is Me…Now: A Love Story” is set to premiere on Prime Video on Feb. 16.