Jennifer Lopez Gets Real About Why She Can Relate to Her ‘Marry Me’ Character

Jennifer Lopez Gets Real About Why She Can Relate to Her 'Marry Me' Character
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Aside from pointing out her similarity to Kat in the romantic comedy, the ‘Feelin’ So Good’ hitmaker explains why she was thrilled to be part of a movie genre she feels is often devalued.

AceShowbizJennifer Lopez found it “cathartic” to play “just a girl” in the romantic comedy “Marry Me” – because that’s how she views herself.

Lopez stars as singer Kat in the film, who discovers her fiance, played by Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma, is cheating on her, moments before they are due to wed during a concert. Determined to go through with the ceremony, J.Lo’s character picks a random mathematics teacher from the audience, portrayed by Owen Wilson, and decides to exchange vows with him instead.

And the singer and actress totally connected with Kat.

“It was a little cathartic for me. I was playing (a character) trying to find someone who understood her and accepted her for all of what her life was but also just saw her as a person,” she tells Billboard. “Like a real girl, which is what I am. People see you as this thing, this star. They forget that you’re just a girl and want to live and laugh and be normal. And that really was what the movie is about.”

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The “Feelin’ So Good” hitmaker was also thrilled to be part of a movie genre she feels is often devalued.

“They’re necessary, beautiful movies, and I don’t know why people feel like they have to put them down when everybody enjoys them so much,” she says of lighthearted romances. “It’s like ‘chick flicks.’ I don’t know guys who don’t love to go to the movies and watch a rom-com. It’s a very sweet movie, but it’s still a movie about life.”

“Marry Me” is set to open ahead of the Valentine’s Day holiday on 12 February (21).

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