It’s safe to say Jennifer Lopez hit it out of the park! Following the world premiere of Hustlers at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), ETALK is the only Canadian outlet to secure a sit-down exclusive interview with actress and producer, Jennifer Lopez and writer-director Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). Already receiving glowing reviews, including several Oscar nomination predictions, ETALK’s Danielle Graham sits down with the megastar in HUSTLERS: ALL ACCESS - AN ETALK SPECIAL, premiering Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. The brand-new 30-minute special provides an intimate look on the making of the film, the radical physical transformations, an examination of “mom guilt,” and a behind-the-scenes look at all the fun antics on-set with the Hustlers cast.
In the ETALK exclusive, Lopez describes her experience watching the world premiere at TIFF this past week: “I remember looking at the audience last night, I was like just look away for a second, take this moment in the middle of the movie – and everybody was just like – in it, and that’s what it does to you. It was a lot of fun to watch.”
The special also reveals the very relatable side of Lopez, which shows that no matter how hard she hustles, family comes first. “It was last summer, and I was working so much that I was having that terrible mom guilt and I was like ‘I have to spend the summer with my kids, I’m sorry I can’t do this movie right now.’” But Scafaria told Lopez that she wasn’t making this movie without her and she was her only choice. “I feel like it’s better because we waited and because everybody who came together at that moment was available at that moment and time.” As Scafaria echoes, “The stars literally aligned.”
Ahead of the HUSTLERS: ALL ACCESS - AN ETALK SPECIAL premiere this Friday, ETALK Anchor, Danielle Graham’s gives a glimpse into her exclusive Hustlers interview:
- It was a busy weekend in Toronto with Jennifer Lopez arriving for TIFF. You’re pregnant, and while speaking with Jennifer on the red carpet for Hustlers, how did you get her to “bless your bump”?
Before heading out to the carpet, THE SOCIAL Co-host and ETALK Senior Correspondent, Lainey Lui sent me a text saying, “stick that bump out, girl! Get J. Lo to bless that baby!” While on the carpet, Jennifer noticed the bump right away and congratulated me, and said she remembered being on tour when she was about as far along as I am. At first she hovered her hand over my belly, but I needed direct contact between my baby and Jennifer Lopez, so I told her to get right in there and she did!
- Being the only Canadian outlet to secure a sit-down interview with both, Jennifer Lopez and Lorene Scafaria, how did you prepare for the interview?
I had the chance to see the movie about a week before and I LOVED IT! There were some themes and quotes in the movie that I wanted to discuss in our interview, marking the beginning of my interview preparations. Then I met with our amazing production team and we went over what we wanted to talk to Lorene and Jennifer about. We wanted to stay away from all the things we’ve heard Jennifer and the cast already speak on. We refined, tightened, and edited right up until we were rolling.
- What makes the Hustlers movie so meaningful or impactful to you?
From reading about this story in New York Magazine in 2015, I was fascinated from the beginning. Then came the news it was being made into a movie and the cast was stacked, and my obsession grew deeper. We talked about this movie at the Oscars this year. When it was announced for a September release, I was hoping we’d get a TIFF premiere and we did! This movie is about more than exotic dancers pulling off a scheme to take money from rich Wall Street men. It’s about sisterhood and women coming together to do what it takes to survive and look after their families.
- Can you describe a significant part of the interview with either Jennifer Lopez or Lorene Scafaria?
I asked Jennifer about what she remembered about 2007 (the year some of the film took place). We reminisced about the Juicy Couture track suits and the UGG boots, and she laughed about the super low-rise jeans we all wore at the time stating, “my butt crack was always showing everywhere I went.”
My other favourite moment was off-camera when she said to me, “good luck and let me know what you name the baby!”
- How much do you love the Hustlers movie?
I LOVE this movie. This is Jennifer Lopez’s best performance to date and there are a lot of people saying she could get an Oscar nomination. I could definitely see that happening.
Inspired by a 2015 New York Magazine article that went viral, Hustlers follows the life of a group of exotic dancers that devise a plan to scam and steal from Wall Street villains in an effort to survive, thrive, and support their families. For a sneak peek of HUSTLERS: ALL ACCESS - AN ETALK SPECIAL click here, under videos.
HUSTLERS: ALL ACCESS - AN ETALK SPECIAL premieres Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV2.