In the August issue of W magazine, the Bronx-born actress reveals that she was homeless after high school due to her family’s disapproval of her career aspirations.
“My mom and I butted heads,” Lopez told the magazine. “I didn’t want to go to college — I wanted to try dance full-time. So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do.’ A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked In Living Color. I became a Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year.”
Now Lopez, who is currently serving as the executive producer for the ABC Family show The Fosters, wants to set a good example for her two kids, Max and Emme, and instill in them the same attitude of persistence that she learned at an early age.
“I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard,” Lopez dished. “I’ve learned something about kids — they don’t do what you say; they do what you do. I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down,” she adds. “And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.”