Whooaaa! Jennifer Lopez almost became a stripper

Jennifer Lopez considered stripping in the early days of her career.

The 50-year-old singer and actress stars as a stripper named Ramona in Hustlers, but has now said she very nearly followed the career path in real life, as her early days as a dancer left her desperate for more cash to make ends meet.

“It sounded awfully good when I was broke and eating pizza every day.”

— Jennifer Lopez

When asked if she ever considered stripping, she said: “I did. There was a moment in my life when my friends, who were also dancers, told me about making thousands of dollars at clubs in New Jersey. They said, ‘You won’t need to be topless’. It sounded awfully good when I was broke and eating pizza every day, but I never did it.”

Jennifer was “nervous” about taking part in Hustlers – which she also produced – because she found Ramona’s character “dark” and “complicated”, but quickly fell in love with the role.

Speaking to W magazine for their Best Performances issue, she said: “I was a little nervous about doing this movie because I had never played someone this dark or complicated. I liked that Ramona, the character I play, and the other strippers were looked at as equals to their patrons, the guys on Wall Street.”