If there is ever a film made of Jennifer Lopez’s life, could Selena Gomez take the title role? The thrice-married mother of two says Justin Bieber’s main squeeze would be the perfect actress to portray her on the big screen.
She may be “from the block,” but Jennifer Lopez has declared that Texas native Selena Gomez should play her in a biopic. But does the “Come & Get It” singer have the chops – and other assets – to fill the role?
The Connection Between Selena Gomez & Jennifer Lopez
“I would want Selena Gomez to play me in a movie,” Jennifer Lopez, 44, recently said. “She is a cutie!” gushed the triple threat, piling on the sweet praise for the young Disney alum.
This isn’t the first time that the two talented Latinas have drawn comparisons. Producer Jason Evigam, who worked on Gomez’s debut solo album Stars Dance, told MTV last year that the 21-year-old phenom is bound for superstardom. “I think it’s going to take her to the next level…. I kind of feel she’s going to be like a new J.Lo kind of thing.”
Even “Save the Day,” the Latin pop house track on Selena’s album, was originally intended for J.Lo. Said Evigam, “Jennifer Lopez wanted [it] really badly. It’s, like, real. It’s, like, really cool [and] up-tempo. It’s about like kind of ‘[Let’s] dance all night. Let’s save the day. Let’s go into the next day. Let’s keep it going all night’ type of thing.”
Selena Gomez: Could She Play J.Lo?
But the two are connected even deeper than that! The 21-year-old Gomez is actually named after the late Tejano singer Selena who Lopez portrayed in the eponymous 1997 biopic, which was the American Idol judge’s breakout movie role.
For her part, Selena has been hoping to move herself into more serious work as an actress. “Being part of the Disney Channel was such a blessing, and I’m super happy with what my show accomplished, but acting is something I would like to take on more seriously.” She continues, “I don’t necessarily feel accomplished. I want to create a whole different persona when it comes to acting,” Selena told Teen Vogue of her career aspirations.
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— Carolyn E. Davis