Jennifer Lopez fights back tears as she reacts to first-ever SAG Awards nomination

Jennifer Lopez was overcome with emotion after receiving her first-ever nomination for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday.The singer/actress was shortlisted for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role prize for …

Jennifer Lopez was overcome with emotion after receiving her first-ever nomination for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday.

The singer/actress was shortlisted for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role prize for her performance as Ramona in box office hit Hustlers, and the star took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank the organisation for the recognition.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been nominated for a SAG award before,” she said in a video, while working out at the gym.

Holding back tears, the star added: “So excited and so humble to be recognised by my fellow actors out there. You know, acting was my first love along with dancing and I just can’t believe all of this is happening.

“To all the struggling actors out there, don’t give up! It could happen. It’s happening. Thank you so much. I feel like I already won, thank you.”

Also nominated in the category is Laura Dern for Marriage Story, Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, and Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie for Bombshell.

It’s been a successful week for the Love Don’t Cost A Thing hitmaker, who was also shortlisted for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture at the 2020 Golden Globes – her first Globes nod in 20 years – for her celebrated performance in the critically-acclaimed film, which also stars Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, and Lili Reinhart.

“I’m just waking up and I just heard that I got nominated,” she said in a video shared on social media. “Oh my god, it’s been 20 years since Selena. I just want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this incredible honour. I am humbled and so excited to be recognised for this role as Ramona in Hustlers and I’ll see you at the Globes!”

The Golden Globes take place 5 January, while the SAG Awards are held 19 January.

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Keke Palmer gives herself ‘time to recover’ after emotional roles

Keke Palmer makes sure she gives herself time out to recover from tough roles.The 26-year-old has been in the business for 15 years and has more than 30 credits to name, such as Akeelah and the Bee, Scream Queens, True Jackson, VP, and the recent Hustl…

Keke Palmer makes sure she gives herself time out to recover from tough roles.

The 26-year-old has been in the business for 15 years and has more than 30 credits to name, such as Akeelah and the Bee, Scream Queens, True Jackson, VP, and the recent Hustlers.

She experienced her biggest learning curve when she starred and executive produced the 2018 gritty drama Pimp, in which she played a female pimp named Wednesday, and finally discovered why some actors need to take time off after intense projects.

“My feelings don’t know that this is a joke,” Keke told Teen Vogue. “My emotions are actually going through the feelings of the character, whether I’m pulling from a personal experience or allowing myself to be devastated by whatever this character is experiencing. If you’re going to do a deep role, it has to be meaningful to you. You’ve got to be sure about it and give yourself the opportunity and time to recover. I didn’t respect my feelings enough to understand that until I did that role.”

Following that experience, the actress has become very selective about what roles she chooses in order to help protect her mental health.

“Even if it comes down to an audition tape, I’m not f**king going there if there’s no need to,” she added. In a separate interview with StyleCaster, Keke shared the decision-making process she goes through when considering a role.

“It’s a lot of different things. Do I care about this character? Do I feel like I can add to this character? Can I make this character come alive? What is the project saying?” the star explained. “I always want to be able to say whatever I’m doing; this is why. As an artist, I want to be able to know that my voice was a part of it.”

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Keke Palmer: ‘Shaving my head was scary but liberating’

Keke Palmer was anxious when shaving off her hair in 2017 but ultimately found the experience to be “liberating”. The Hustlers actress has experimented with many different hairstyles during her time in the limelight, rocking the likes of long waves, b…

Keke Palmer was anxious when shaving off her hair in 2017 but ultimately found the experience to be “liberating”.

The Hustlers actress has experimented with many different hairstyles during her time in the limelight, rocking the likes of long waves, box braids, a pixie cut, and a bob, but she surprised fans when she outdid herself by shaving off all hair in May 2017 and then swiftly dyeing her buzzcut purple.

In a new interview with StyleCaster, the 26-year-old described the big chop as one of the scariest things she’s ever done but admitted it turned out to be a liberating and transformative experience.

“As a Black woman, there are so many ideas of how you need to have your hair to look professional, and many of them include perming it, straightening it, weaving it – whatever,” she explained. “I love those things too, but I think what happened growing up and it constantly feeling a burden, it’s like I stopped really caring about my own hair. Eventually, I said, ‘I’m going to shave all of it off.’ So when I cut my hair, it was very scary, but it was liberating, and it was a hugely transformative time for me when I did that.”

Back in 2017, the Scream Queens star explained that it wasn’t purely a style statement, but an effort to give her hair a break from styling and to let her strands grow back healthy and strong.

“I cut my hair for a couple of reasons,” Keke shared. “The first being, I wanted to start over. My texture has changed quite a bit over the years from all the things I’ve done to it. I really want to be able to let my hair rest and become its own thing. I also really wanted to be bald!”

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Jennifer Lopez befriended erotic dancers to research Hustlers role

Jennifer Lopez got to know a few erotic dancers as she was preparing to play a stripper in new movie Hustlers. The singer/actress visited strip clubs and spent time with the performers backstage in between their acts. “I listened to what it was like t…

Jennifer Lopez got to know a few erotic dancers as she was preparing to play a stripper in new movie Hustlers.

The singer/actress visited strip clubs and spent time with the performers backstage in between their acts.

“I listened to what it was like to have a career as a dancer,” she told WENN. “I soaked up the atmosphere and wanted to learn how to do things authentically, including pole dancing.”

J.Lo then trained for almost six months in preparation for the film, erecting a portable stripper pole in every city she visited.

However, she admitted learning to pole dance was really tough: “I was using a group of muscles I hadn’t ever tested before, so I walked away with fresh bruises after every session. My shoulders and back are still recovering!”

And she came away with a new respect for strippers.

“Most of these women are just trying to get by. Their struggles are 100 per cent relatable. They want to take care of themselves and their families,” the 50-year-old commented. “I think everyone deserves respect, consideration, and the ability not to be judged based on choices they’ve made, even bad choices. The truth is we’re all hustling, negotiating, striving to get through the day to win the battles we must fight. Women are constantly sexualised, but when they find a way to profit from that, all of a sudden, it’s a problem.

“In movies, strippers are painted as throwaways or just background characters. Hustlers digs into the stories of these women’s lives and shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think people are going to appreciate the realness of this movie and its characters.”

Hustlers, based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo. The film is set to hit cinemas from 13 September.

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Jennifer Lopez challenged by pole dancing lessons for Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez found learning to pole dance for her new film Hustlers “challenging”.The superstar, who started out her career as a dancer, plays stripper Ramona in the upcoming movie, which follows of a group of exotic dancers living in New York City i…

Jennifer Lopez found learning to pole dance for her new film Hustlers “challenging”.

The superstar, who started out her career as a dancer, plays stripper Ramona in the upcoming movie, which follows of a group of exotic dancers living in New York City in the late 2000s who get their revenge on wealthy, drunk, and abusive clients by maxing out their credit cards after they’ve passed out.

Regarding her preparation for the role, Lopez has now shared in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she worked with a pole choreographer for several months – but still found mastering the art form to be difficult.

“I have danced all my life and I work out every single day, and I can say without hesitation that learning to pole dance was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done,” she told the publication. “I was using a completely new group of muscles – it was tough. My shoulder and back are still recovering.”

However, it was all worth it – as far as Lopez is concerned – because she was able to show exotic dancers in a different light.

“Women are constantly sexualised, but when they find a way to profit from it, suddenly it’s a problem,” the 50-year-old added. “Strippers are painted as throwaways or background characters. Hustlers digs into stories of their lives; the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Hustlers, based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo. The film is set to hit cinemas from 13 September.

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Bebe Rexha auditioned for Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers movie

Singer Bebe Rexha unsuccessfully auditioned for a part in Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Hustlers. The Meant to Be star revealed in a radio interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Wednesday (27Mar19) that she was approached to make her feature film debut …

Singer Bebe Rexha unsuccessfully auditioned for a part in Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Hustlers.

The Meant to Be star revealed in a radio interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Wednesday (27Mar19) that she was approached to make her feature film debut in the crime flick and she put the work in to prepare for her audition but ultimately didn’t get the part.

“They hit me up and I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, sure,'” she said. “So I got an acting coach. She’s awesome and she was teaching me how to act and stuff. It was really hard though because you have to be serious.”

It was announced earlier in March that the Jenny from the Block star would be joined by rapper Cardi B, making her movie debut, Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, and Keke Palmer in Hustlers, which tells the story of a group of former erotic dancers who turn the tables on their rich Wall Street clients.

In the interview, Bebe said she was “supposed to be the Russian girl from New York” but it went to a blonde actress, presumably meaning Lili.

“I auditioned for a movie recently, but I didn’t get it. It went to Cardi, but that’s fine – it didn’t go to Cardi, no, she didn’t have that spot, it was a different girl, the blonde girl,” she added.

Although she missed out on the part, the 29-year-old, who has a voice role in upcoming animated musical comedy UglyDolls, insisted that it was all for the best because her mother didn’t approve of her stripper character.

“My mom was not happy about it, though. She was like, ‘You can’t play a stripper! No!'” noted Bebe, who recently fell out with her father Flamur over the sexy content of her music video to her song Last Hurrah.

Hustlers began filming in New York last week (ends24Mar19) ahead of a 2020 cinema release.

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