Jennifer Lopez talks about her role in What to Expect When You Are Expecting.
What is your character in the movie?
I play Holly, a photographer who is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but my husband Alex isn’t so sure, and so tries to quiet his panic by attending a father’s support group. The film is a romantic comedy that reassures you by telling you five totally different stories about being pregnant, and making you laugh.
Which character in the movie did you most identify with in terms of your own pregnancy?
Brooklyn Decker’s character. My pregnancy was beautiful. I didn’t have morning sickness, I was athletic, I was on tour for six-and-a-half months. It was a beautiful time of my life and I felt good.
Is this movie directly based on the book by the same name?
No. The book tells you exactly what’s happening. It’s everybody’s common experience. But in the movie, it’s the complete opposite. It’s about how everybody's experience is completely different and how funny that can be.
Was there something that you didn’t know that you discovered while reading this book?
The book tells you exactly, week to week, what’s happening to you in the moment. I think women, by nature, when we’re pregnant, are so worried about everything. And here you have this book saying, this is supposed to be happening. Don’t worry. You’re supposed to feel like this. And that creates quite a calming effect actually.
Did you have any interesting moments on set?
The funniest thing on set was that our very English director kept telling us to stop hugging and kissing each other all the time. Being a Latino couple, we were being very affectionate towards each other and it was hilarious when he told us to be a little less affectionate.
When you were holding the baby in the film, he looks like he is so into you. Would you like to comment on that?
I fell in love with those babies, they were twins actually, but the one that was in the scene, I had a connection with. He was just so lovable and it really made me understand how you can take a baby home and make it a part of your family and raise it and love it like it is your own. He was a special little boy and the scene was my favourite part of the movie.
Do romantic comedies come naturally to you? At what point in your career did you release that this was second nature?
I think from very early in my career I have loved romantic comedies. I am a bit of a romantic and a little bit funny.