Magazine article Variety

A Show's Characters Need to Reflect Today's Society

Magazine article Variety

A Show's Characters Need to Reflect Today's Society

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Jennifer Lopez

Actress and entertainer Jennifer Lopez is the executive producer of "The Fosters," an ABC Family series that bowed in 2013. The show features a biracial lesbian couple who have opened their home to multicultural foster children. Last year, Lopez was a Variety Power of Women honoree for her work with the Lopez Family Foundation, which raises money for children's healthcare. In 2012, Forbes said Lopez "may be the most powerful entertainer on the planet," and she works to break down barriers of gender, race and ethnicity. She took time from shooting NBC's upcoming series "Shades of Blue" to speak with us. By Tim Gray

Why did you commit to The Fosters"?

When I was growing up, the families around me were not reflected in television or film. I wanted to be part of "The Fosters" because of the show's depiction of a diverse society. …

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