Jennifer Lopez has come to the defense of her “Hustlers” co-star Constance Wu, saying that she’s no diva.
In the film, which is set to open this weekend, Lopez plays the role of dancer Ramona, best friend of Wu’s character Destiny.
Just as the film wrapped up, rumors of Wu’s alleged diva-like behavior on set emerged. The “Crazy Rich Asians” star also faced criticism back in May for posting a negative tweet after ABC show “Fresh Off the Boat” was renewed for another season.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Lopez defended her co-star.
“I have the most amazing relationship with Constance. She was a doll baby to me on the set and to everybody every time I was on the set,” Lopez was quoted as saying.
Lopez said that she never noticed any bad behavior from the actress throughout the shoot.
“It was 29 days and I was there most days,” Lopez noted. “I don’t know if there was somebody (talking to the media) who had a gripe or she had a bad day one day. Who knows? I know how this can go sometimes, and how really nice, good people can be portrayed as something other than what they are. That’s a fun headline for people but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. My experience with her was lovely. We became really great friends.”
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Lopez further pointed out that “making movies is hard” due to the grueling schedule and odd call times in 12- to 16-hour days and late nights.
“People are allowed to get cranky sometimes. I’m not saying that was her. But everybody’s human. So I don’t know where that came from but it wasn’t my experience at all. I love her. And she’s great in this movie, too.”
According to director Lorene Scafaria, “there’s dash of racism and a dash of sexism” in the spreading of the rumors of Wu’s alleged bad behavior.
“I found it to be just a real insult to my set, to be honest,” says Scafaria. “We had such an incredible time together. Everyone got along so well. Jennifer and Constance had this instant chemistry with each other and really did have this big sister/little sister relationship.”
In a separate interview with the Los Angeles Times, Wu admitted that she can be “dramatic” at times, noting that she was still learning how to cope with the level of fame that “Crazy Rich Asians” brought her.
She explained that the controversy “improved my awareness of what it means to be a … public figure. I’ve had a back-and-forth about it. It’s the line between being a role model but also authenticity.”