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There’s no doubt that Jennifer Lopez is an iconic entertainer, and one of the most famous women in the world. Over the years, she has managed to chart her own course in a difficult industry and has become a force of nature in film, music, dance, and business.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Now, on the verge of her “It’s My Party” tour and planning a wedding with Alex Rodriguez, Lopez is busier than ever, but still had the time to talk to Entertainment Tonight about a few of her accomplishments, and the advice that she would give her younger self. 

What is Jennifer Lopez famous for?

J-Lo got her start as a “Fly Girl” on In Living Color, showing off her skills as a dancer. Her career took a swift upwards turn and she started getting offers to appear in movies. Many of her fans know her best from her romantic comedies, films like The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, and Monster-In-Law. She has worked with some of the biggest stars in the business, from Jane Fonda to Ben Affleck. Her acting has received kudos from critics and audiences alike, and even at the age of 49, Lopez is a top-earning movie star.

She is perhaps equally well-known for her music. Lopez is a singer, dancer, and producer, and prides herself on being very involved in the creation of her music. Even at an age when many women in the industry are turning to the business side of music rather than fronting a national tour, Lopez keeps going strong. Her great success is something to respect and admire, but even Lopez knows that everyone has limits and an infinite capacity for learning.

What advice does she have for her younger self?

Jennifer Lopez’s first studio album, “On the 6,” was released on June 1st, 1999. The album was hugely popular and has led to seven more albums from J-Lo since then. Her chart-topping hit, “If You Had My Love,” is considered to still be one of her most popular songs, and one that her fans will likely be clamoring for during her “It’s My Party” shows all summer long.

Recently, Lopez opened up about how the success of her first album influenced her life. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Lopez said that she can barely believe that the album is now 20 years old and that she’s learned so much since then. “When you are young, you think you know it all,” Lopez confessed. “It’s not until you reach your 30s that you start to realize you know nothing.” Lopez elaborated to say that she feels like the older she has gotten, the more she has learned, and now, at almost 50 years old, she thinks she finally has things figured out.

What’s next for Jennifer Lopez?

Jennifer Lopez has a very busy year ahead of her. While she and Rodriguez haven’t officially announced their wedding date, it is likely to happen towards the end of the year, after Lopez wraps up her summer tour. As for what fans attending her “It’s My Party” shows can expect, Lopez said that she wants to really create a party atmosphere and that she wants every single show to be incredibly special. “I want to share this moment with fans,” Lopez said. Lopez also stated that since this time in her life is so special, the shows will be interactive and different from anything that she’s done in the past. 

With a supportive, loving fiance and a red-hot career, Jennifer Lopez is on top of the world. There’s no stopping Jenny from the block, no matter what challenges she might face!