Jennifer Lopez received the 2,500th star on Thursday surrounded by her family, friends, and boyfriend Casper Smart, her 5-year-old twins Max and Emme. Other friends of the diva who attended included Jane Fonda, Keenen Ivory Wayans and “Selena” director Gregory Nava; former “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe and the rapper Pitbull, who collaborated with Lopez on numerous dance-pop hit songs.
After the ceremony, Lopez said, “I cried like almost 15 thousand times. It was so crazy. But I kept promising everybody I wasn’t going to cry and they were like, ‘Cry!’ ‘You’re not helping!’ But it was an amazing moment.”
But looking at the photographs, “Jenny on the walk” didn’t wait until after receiving her star on the walk of fame to show some waterworks. The 43 year-old entertainer was very leaky eyed as she went to the podium to make her acceptance speech.
Lopez, who is a New York City-native born to Puerto Rican parents, gave an emotional speech to the cheering crowd that gathered to see her receive the terrazzo and brass star along Hollywood Boulevard. She said that she was overwhelmed.
“This all feels, I don’t know, kind of surreal, but so real. It’s awesome,” Lopez said. She tried to control her tears as she received her star in front of the W Hotel in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lopez began her career acting in the 1986 film My Little Girl and gained recognition for her portrayal of late singer Selena in the 1997 biopic Selena. The star started in the entertainment business as a dancer before she moved on to carve a multi-faceted career as an actress, singer, fashion designer and reality television judge on Fox’s talent show American Idol.
Her song Jenny from the Block was on her 2002 album This is Me…Then It came out at the same time the she was getting a lot of attention from her film, Maid in Manhattan and her upcoming marriage to actor Ben Affleck. The music video for the song featured two guest vocals by rappers Jadakiss and Styles. She could do a remix of the song and title it Jenny on the Walk!
The mother of two, has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide in a recording career that began in 1999 with the critically acclaimed debut album On the Six. She is set to release her eighth studio album fall this year.
Jane Fonda, who starred with Lopez in the film “Monster-In-Law,” said that while Lopez’s star was for music, “she should have an entire block of stars” for her ambitious career. Lopez said that she relished the chance to “kind of walk down memory lane” with Wayans.
She said, “he’s the reason I moved to Los Angeles because I got that job as a fly girl” — and Nava, who put her in her first movie.
Lopez went on to say that, “You realize you’ve been at this for a long time and you’ve been fighting and getting it. It’s a real kind of landmark day for me and I am just glad my family was here to share it with me.”
The 43 year-old entertainer didn’t go into much detail about what was happening to her twin sons. She said, “I just told them, ‘Mommy is getting a star today.’ They don’t really know what that means but they were great.”
“Jenny of the Walk” finished by saying, “For a romantic like me, it’s forever and I believe in that. I believe in forever. It’s a good day.” We can tell you now Jennifer Lopez, that you were a star in our hearts before they gave you one on the walk.
By Michael Smith