Jennifer Lopez Inspired By Her Late Aunt

Originally published on Savvy Auntie.


In an interview with ET, Jennifer Lopez discussed the new drama series she produces, The Fosters, which tells the story of a lesbian bi-racial couple who raise both biological and adoptive children together. According to Lopez, “Life can be complicated and messy sometimes, and not simple, and [The Fosters] was really, really a true depiction of family in this day and age.”

While reflecting on the show’s “new kind of family” emphasis, Lopez grew emotional as she thought of the late aunt who inspired her:

I had an aunt who was gay. I lived with her and I loved her. She just passed away from cancer.

I thought of her often when I was thinking about taking on this project, and the prejudices that she faced. She was so much a part of my life. She was my mom’s sister. She was always there for us. She was a great person. She didn’t have her own family. I often wondered if she wanted it. We never talked about it. She just had her life the way it was. […] [The Fosters] was kind of like a little bit of an homage to her.

When asked if she thought her aunt would be proud of her for this new and potentially controversial undertaking, Lopez answered through tears and a smile, “I think she would be really proud.” With a laugh, Lopez admitted that her aunt would have definitely had a say in the show’s production.

Lopez confessed that she might consider fostering children of her own in the future:

Maybe, maybe. […] You just never know where life’s going to take you, and that’s, again, a theme of this show. The family you create is sometimes more important than the family you’re born into.



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