Jennifer Lopez reveals she starred in Hustlers "for free"

19 November 2019, 14:06

Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Hustlers grossed $148,000,000 worldwide but Jennifer Lopez says she didn't sign on to the project for a big payday. In a new interview, the actress and Hustlers producer told GQ that she "didn't get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers."

Singer, actress, dancer and entertainer extraordinaire Jennifer Lopez starred in one of this past summer's most entertaining films, Hustlers. Lopez was the lead and a producer on Hustlers which raked in $148,000,000 worldwide. You may be thinking that Jennifer got involved with the project because of the promise of a huge paycheque, but the actress has now revealed that she did Hustlers "for free".

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Speaking to GQ, Jennifer revealed that her turn as Ramona in the film was in pursuit of something that she loved rather than a huge payday.

"I do things because I love them. I didn't get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers," she told the publication. "I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself. That's the Jenny From the Block. I do what I want, I do what I love."

GQ did make sure to note that Jen wasn't paid "up front", which means there was likely a financial deal put in place contingent on the film's success. With a reported net worth of $400 million, something tells us that the film was a risk that made perfect sense for her to take.

Jennifer Lopez starred alongside Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, and Keke Palmer in Hustlers, which drew $33 million domestically in its first weekend – the highest opening of Jennifer's career.

In preparation for the role, Jennifer trained with professional choreographer and aerialist, Johanna Sapakie and, we're not going to lie, it looks like a LOT of work.

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Jennifer called the film "a fun ride", praising its female-led production team and cast.

"We've been watching men take advantage of women in movies for a long time," she told GQ "So it was a fun ride to see the tables turned."