Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jennifer Lopez Is `Sizzling' with Talent

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jennifer Lopez Is `Sizzling' with Talent

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NEW YORK -- Temperatures inside the Manhattan studio where Jennifer Lopez is shooting yet another magazine cover inch toward 100 degrees.

Cheese cubes on a nearby table have mutated into indistinguishable blobs of cholesterol, colorful summer fruit is now brown and the day's stash of soda bobs idly in a bucket of melted ice.

And Lopez doesn't complain as she's poked, prodded and slimed by her team of professional assistants.

But it's hard to feel sorry for her. After all, the Bronx-born Lopez, just turned 29, has it all: looks, talent, fame, money. Movie insiders say she is commanding $5 million for playing a doctor in The Cell, a thriller that begins filming soon. Meanwhile, her single If You Had My Love from her first album On the 6, has remained at the top of music charts since its debut June 1.

She isn't just hot, she's sizzling.

Tune into Oprah and there she is, working those custom-made leather capris. Women's World Cup? It's Lopez live. Magazine covers? She's graced them from Elle to InStyle to Cosmo to Vibe, since her breakthrough role as slain Tejano star Selena in 1997.

Still no sympathy? Well, how about this: It's nearly 100 degrees in this studio and she's wearing a white, cotton TURTLENECK sweater! OK. The itsy-bitsy denim shorts showing her much-hyped derriere probably allow for some ventilation.

"Never complain, never explain," Lopez says after finishing the first photo shoot and going through a 90-minute process of washing and straightening her honey-blond hair, changing and posing for another round of photographs.

"She's not being a diva," one member of her entourage insists. "She just wants to give you a totally different look."

It's oppressively hot and late in the day, and she still has the movie premiere for Spike Lee's Summer of Sam to go to and an early morning trip to the Adirondack Mountains for an outing with underprivileged children at a summer camp. She does it once a year.

A true diva would have blown off the interview. Instead, a weary and wilted Lopez apologizes for the delay -- a clearly undiva-like thing to do.

Nearing the end of an 18-month publicity tour first plugging her movie Out of Sight with George Clooney, and now the album, she is clearly ready to get back to moviemaking.

"Just think of the one question people ask you over and over and imagine being asked that question, like, 10,000 times," she says, rolling her eyes.

So, there will be no revelations here about her supposed relationship with record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs or Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola. In fact, there will be few revelations at all.

"I understand that people want to know who I'm with and what I'm doing . . . but I just don't feel I have the obligation to let everyone know everything about me. …

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