We all have a vision for what we’d do this summer if the world returned to normal. For Jennifer Lopez, it’s a simple request: “I would like my mom to come over for a dance party,” she tells me before the start of the Memorial Day weekend. “I haven’t seen her in a few months, and I miss her even though I talk to her almost every day.”
In this time of self-isolation and social-distancing, the actor, singer, dancer, and all-around superstar understands the difficulty of being separated from the ones you love. “My mom [Guadalupe Rodriguez] is always front-row at my shows, dancing to all the choreography, jumping up and down, and screaming the loudest,” she says. “We’ve had dance parties since I was four or five years old, and we have hadn’t one in a while.”
Dance has always been a unifier for Lopez, 50, which is why she says it’s perfect timing that her NBC competition series, World of Dance, is returning now. “I remember that when I got divorced [from ex-husband Marc Anthony], I did a song called ‘Dance Again’ and all I wanted was to feel like I wanted to dance again—and laugh and love and get up off my feet,” she says. “In times of uncertainty and anxiety and sadness and fear, you want that feeling. You want to just forget about your troubles for a little while.”
She also wants people to feel comfortable showing their true selves, which is why she’s excited the show is changing things up this season. “We’re starting earlier in the dancers’ journey,” she explains. “We added this round where Ne-Yo, Derek Hough, and I surprise them early on when they think they’re only meeting with the producers. They’re like, ‘Oh, my God!’ It’s a very emotional season. We get to know the contestants in a way we haven’t before.”
And speaking of learning more about people, we turned the tables on Lopez to uncover a few surprises as well. Read on for our latest installment of Your Fave’s Faves.
The last thing I put on before a big show
My oils and perfumes complete my look. We have lots of great looks that we put together for World of Dance, but it’s never, ever done until you smell nice! I use Glow, which I created and used for years. I have a couple special oils that I use, little soaps and scents like Jo Malone’s rose scent, Tocca’s Cleopatra, and L’Occitane’s Neroli & Orchidee, but really I love those rich smells.
$24.00, Jo Malone
My favorite feel-good song
Right now it’s all about “Dance Again.” We’re TikTok-ing it right now. It’s Alex’s favorite song of mine, period, and that’s been our theme around here lately.
My favorite sneakers…
I’m actually designing sneakers right now! That’s a little tidbit—my own sneaker that I’m working on.
What I wear when I get ready
When I went on my “It’s My Party” tour last year, Versace made me a bunch of robes with “J.Lo” on the back, so those are my favorite to wear while I get my hair and makeup done.
My favorite comfy pants
Baja East. I have a long-pants one, and a little shorts-set one with a cutoff top. I really love those.
The dish I cook that my kids can’t get enough of
We’re Puerto Rican and Dominican, so we love a good rice and beans. That’s what the kids love that I cook. They’ll be like, “You cook tonight! You cook tonight!”
My go-to snack during filming
Cheese and crackers and salami. I like a little charcuterie plate.
My best advice for a big performance
It’s always the same thing: have fun. There’s going to be nerves because you’ve been building up to something and rehearsing, plus add in the aspect of live TV, so it’s important to stay calm. My advice to myself is always stay calm and have fun.
The rom-coms I’ll always love
The ’90s fashion trend I’m obsessed with right now
Supermodel style is always a go-to for me—the matte makeup, the editorial fashion, all of that stuff has been such a big inspiration for me. The ’90s style and glam of supermodel Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford…that’s my favorite.
World of Dance premieres Tuesday, May 26, on NBC.
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Instagram at @jessicaradloff14.
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