Jennifer Lopez is completely unique in that she can’t be categorized into only one aspect of talent. Starting off her career as a professional dancer, some can still remember her from her days as a Fly Girl on In Living Color. Proving that she can dance, it seemed evident during the early stages of her career that she was a born performer.
While transitioning to the forefront from a background dancer is hard enough, Lopez made this transition with relative ease once she was cast as Selena in the biographical film released in 1997. There was some initial conflict with fans of Lopez being cast, since she was of Puerto Rican descent playing someone who was Mexican. However, her stellar performance in the role helped persuade even the most negative naysayers.
Releasing her first studio album in 1999, Lopez had already built a fan base through her performances on stage. With a successful acting career, a Platinum-selling artist, and recently adding television producer to her long list of job titles, Jennifer Lopez is a multi-talented celebrity that can do it all.
While everyone seems to have their own favorite Jennifer Lopez song, it’s still her acting career that brings home the most bacon for this stellar actress. Exuding sex appeal and portraying characters with ultimate believability, she has starred in captivating roles on both the small and big screen throughout her career. Check out our list of the 10 sexiest J. Lo acting roles, and see how she has been able to excel in her professional career over the years.
10. Shades of Blue
When it was announced that J. Lo would be appearing on Shades of Blue in a cop drama, audiences were thrilled to see that she could be seen on primetime. Recently, it was announced Shades of Blue was picked up for a second season, so fans will be privy to some more super hot scenes featuring J. Lo wielding a gun with co-star, Ray Liotta. NBC president, Jennifer Salke, released a statement saying, “We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest-working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today.”
Oftentimes, films are released strategically to help boost box office numbers, as well as the careers of its stars. So, when J. Lo absolutely nailed the role of the tragic Mexican pop sensation in Selena, it was inevitable fans would react well to her debut album. Not only did Selena help to launch J. Lo’s music career, but it gave the public some incredibly sexy shots of her performing on stage while wearing a rhinestone bra for a top. That, mixed with some tight glittery pants to show that famous booty, made Selena a way to bring attention to both a singer that was taken from us far too soon and an up-and-coming artist in the prime of her career.
The 2002 film, Enough, shows two very different sides to the character, Slim, played by Jennifer Lopez. Starting off as a submissive and mild-mannered wife and mother, she learns that in order to protect herself and her child, she must toughen up and fight back. Fans get to see her with a cute pixie hairstyle, and various shots in workout gear. Proving that J. Lo can even make sweatpants look sexy, Enough highlights how fit her body is. With badass moves that can kick some serious butt, J. Lo nails the character and most importantly the end fight scene that put all her hard work to good use.
7. Angel Eyes
Released in 2001, Angel Eyes is a romance, drama, and mystery rolled into one with Jennifer Lopez as the star. Playing the role of Sharon Pogue, a Chicago police officer, Lopez looks far too sexy to be a beat cop yet she pulls off the blue uniform like none other. Flashing a badge and wielding a gun, this role was a prelude to her cop role on television for Shades of Blue. However, Angel Eyes offers a sexier look since she’s wearing the full-on cop uniform. During the casting stage for the film, J. Lo supposedly took a big part in choosing the male lead for the part, Jim Caviezel. It makes the romance portion of the film a bit steamier knowing that she handpicked the male lead.
6. Maid in Manhattan
Long before Devious Maids, Maid in Manhattan was the film in 2002 that revived the whole sexy maid concept that continues to hold appeal. While it wasn’t exactly the French maid costume with the black satin and white lace, J. Lo didn’t need all that to exude sexiness in her maid uniform. While the maid costume was sexy enough, her ruse as Caroline Lane came with a huge costume change that showed the true glamour of Jennifer Lopez. From the designer dress to the flawless hair and makeup, Maid in Manhattan showed J. Lo as red carpet ready in a way audiences see her off-screen.
While Parker was coined as a crime thriller, J. Lo had some comedic parts that helped to distinguish it from all the regular stunt-packed films starring Jason Statham, known for his action roles. The film features a bit of everything in its plot, from jewelry heists to mob connections to hit-men and shootouts. However, the Jennifer Lopez portions of the film infuse a much-needed sexual aspect to bring the film to another level. The sexiest scene involves J. Lo unveiling her trench coat to reveal a pinup-style polka dot ensemble that is further enhanced by her sexy and expertly toned physique.
4. El Cantante
Released in 2006, El Cantante tells the story of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe, played by Marc Anthony. Set as a biography told by Lavoe’s wife, Puchi, the film is more than just a history of his music career but a story about their love. Jennifer Lopez plays the role of Puchi, and helps to add to the storyline, due to their off-screen romance. While the two are currently divorced, they were once Hollywood royalty as the couple that others strive to become. The steaminess can be felt, with numerous scenes that flaunt J. Lo’s natural assets. The best line from the film involves Anthony talking about another woman’s ass, and J. Lo stating, “This one you can have. This one is yours. That one… forget it.”
3. Money Train
In 1995, Money Train was the film that made audiences look at J. Lo with shock and awe. The sex scene between her and Wesley Snipes was definitely hot, but J. Lo has since made some comments referencing this film and the mistakes she made early on in her career. Although she never said anything bad about Snipes, she does have regrets on disrobing for the scene. Going completely topless, she made a statement saying, “[It was] horrible. When you first start working professionally, you push the boundaries of what you should and shouldn’t do, and I didn’t think I had the right to say no, like, ‘No, I’m not doing this, and that’s it…’ So we did it and it was tough.”
2. Out of Sight
While George Clooney may have nailed the role of the master thief in the Ocean’s Eleven film series, Out of Sight was the first time fans got to see the sneaky Clooney as a thief back in 1998. The film has a number of super hot scenes, including a part where J. Lo climbs into Clooney’s bathtub completely clothed. However, it is the strip and tease scene that is most memorable in the film. Taking turns removing articles of clothing, it’s hard to say what is sexier: the nude colored undergarments or J. Lo’s teasing laughter. Out of Sight showed a playful side to this seductive actress, and fans still comment on the steaminess between her and Clooney.
1. The Boy Next Door
The Boy Next Door was a film that played on the fact that J. Lo has never thought age mattered when it came to her romantic interests, and the fact that she is a mother and woman of a particular age. Coined as an erotic thriller, it is a bit of a twist on the standard infatuation film usually told on the side of the crazy mistress rather than “the boy next door.” The sex scene involving J. Lo and Ryan Guzman is the steamiest scene she has appeared in to date, and flaunts that she still has that amazing body she had when she was at the peak of her music career.