Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman open up about The Boy Next Door. Plus: J.Lo talks moving back to New York.
The Boy Next Door probably won't be an award season favorite but... never dismiss Jennifer Lopez. With glowing skin and killer style, the triple-threat artist joins co-star Ryan Guzman during an AOL Build speaker conference and convinces us that we actually really do want to see this movie. Here, all the things you should know before heading to the theater.
It Only Took 23 Days To Shoot It
"We shot this movie in 23 days on a very low budget," says Lopez. "There's always been movies like this but, 'movie stars' doing this... I think it's going to be a way of the future."
Ryan Guzman Isn't Quite as Crazy as He Seems
The movie explores the forbidden affair between a newly divorced woman (Lopez) and her much-younger next door neighbor (Guzman), who eventually turns obsessive. How does it feel to play a deranged character? "It was crazy," says Guzman. "Some days I would be happy and crazy at the same time and I would go home and be like... who the hell am I?"
The co-stars at the AOL Build speaker conference
You'll Get to See J.Lo's Mothering Skills at Work
A mother both in the movie and in real life, J.Lo's devotion to her kids is palpable. "You just have to love them, love them in every moment," she says when asked for advice on raising children. "There's going to be moments when you'll feel so overwhelmed and the actual idea of being responsible for another human being is so daunting. But, it's [all about] the love."
The Film Was Guzman's Birthday Gift
As if working alongside the stunning Lopez wasn't enough of a gift ("I knew Jenn was involved because I went to her house for the table read," recounts Guzman), the actor's last audition, after which he was officially offered the role, was on his birthday. "[It was] the best birthday gift I've ever received," he says.
The Popular "I Love Your Mother's Cookies" Line... Isn't in the Script
"That was an ad lib!" says Lopez about the most memorable line of the movie (also in the trailer). "It wasn't in the script and then Ryan said it and we all said, 'That's staying in!'"
Lopez and Guzman at the Weinstein Company and Netflix's 2015 Golden
Globes after party
J.Lo's Creativity Was in Full-Force While Filming
In addition to being the lead, Lopez is also a producer on the movie. What else was going on while shooting? She was rehearsing for that unforgettable American Music Awards performance with Iggy Azalea and working on her book, True Love. "The juices were flowing!" she says excitedly.
You're Not the Only One Debating Whether to Take Your Kids Along to the Theater
"I really don't think about it," says Lopez when asked about what her kids might think when watching the more erotic parts of her movies. "'That's nothing,' I'll say to them. 'That's silly gross stuff mommy did," she says laughing.
That Sex Scene... Was Pretty Awkward to Film
"It was more uncomfortable and nerve racking doing that scene than talking about it now," says Guzman about the movie's central sex scene.
Lopez's Part Hits Close to Home
"It's a very relatable character," explains the actress. "She's been married 18 years, is in her late thirties/early forties, her husband cheated on her, she doesn't feel as desirable." J.Lo mentions feeling a personal connection to the character.
BONUS: J.Lo is Moving Back to New York
"I'm moving back to New York for a series," she says. When discussing the return to her native city, Lopez mentions the paparazzi, and how she hopes to establish a reasonable and fair relationship with them. What would she do if she didn't have to worry about the photographers? "I would walk the streets all day long," she says with a smile. "Maybe sit outside a café? Not worrying about touching my nose and them taking a picture. I truly miss the freedom of walking around the city a lot and I hope to do that more in the future."
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