Shades of Blue - Season 1

Talk about multi-tasking. In the last few weeks, Jennifer Lopez had her crooked cop drama Shades of Blue premiere on NBC (Thursdays, 10/9C), returned to Fox in the final season of American Idol (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8/7C), made the Best Dressed list at the Golden Globes in a sexy yellow show-stopper, and launched her live show—the start of a three-year residency—at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, quite a whirlwind for anyone, much less a 46-year-old single mom with five year-old twins to take care of. How does she manage to do it all and look and feel fabulous? She shares some of her secrets with The Gloss.

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The Gloss: How challenging is doing an hour-long drama like Shades of Blue?

Jennifer Lopez: Doing an hour drama is probably one of the hardest gigs in show business. It’s very demanding, and such an emotional roller coaster for me and for a lot of the characters. It’s very challenging. At then end of the day, you just have to give it your all, put your heart into it, put everything on the line and see what happens. That’s how I kind of approach everything anyway. 

Did you have to train to prepare for the physical aspect?

JL: Yeah. I learned to box on Money Train and always liked it. It’s very hard but I did pick it up again for this. It’s always been a good workout.

Now that it’s ending, what’s your take on your time on American Idol?

JL: I had been advised not to do it by most people in my life. And I was like, “No. I love the show. I’m doing it.” I had just had my kids, and it just fit into my life at the time. I planned to do it for one year but I really loved it, and it was because of the people involved and, the people that walked through the door in all of the cities. I’m so fortunate to have had this be part of my history.

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You look amazing. What’s your secret?

JL: I just try to take care of myself. I try to be kind. I feel like that kind of shows on your face. It’s weird–I think of myself as like 16 or 18 years old in my mind, which is why whenever anybody asks me questions I’m always like, “Yeah, I feel like I’m just starting out!” I just kind of have a youthful outlook.

How do you describe your style?

JL: I try to dress appropriate for whatever I’m doing. As Harlee in Shades of Blue, I dress as a New York cop. My style has always been my style. It’s sexy, feminine, classic.

Are there any beauty products that you love?

JL: I use a lot of L’Oreal products. I use a lot of Lancer products. Different things.

With two TV series and your live show, how do you manage?

 JL: I don’t know! I take it one day at a time. The kids come first. Everything else kind of takes a back seat.

Are the twins musical?

JL: Yes, they are. Emme sings and Max, I feel like he could be the next L.A. Reid or Clive Davis. He has an amazing ear.

What can audiences at your Las Vegas show expect?

JL: A lot of my hits that people know. My goal is to go out there and make it exciting and an emotional journey for them so they feel like they had a good time, felt something, and leave happier than when they came.

(Photos: Pater Kramer/NBC, Michael Becker/Fox)