It is rare that an interview in a fashion magazine produces the kind of quotes that would get a mention on DC Dicta. But when Jennifer Lopez compares herself to a Supreme Court justice, we feel compelled to let you know.
In an interview in the February issue of Elle Magazine, the singer and actress talks about fellow Bronx native Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Lopez, whose family hails from Puerto Rico just as Sotomayor’s does, describes the whirlwind of media attention and scrutiny the newest Supreme Court has experienced since she was nominated. And the experience for the justice is, Lopez explained, has been just like her own. (Because, as you all know, being named as a Supreme Court justice, and being an actress best known for her breakups, marriages and risqué clothing choices is exactly the same thing!)
“Very smart,” Lopez begins when asked about Sotomayor, who Lopez feted at a party at her home last year. “And down-to-earth but overwhelmed, I think. She didn’t realize what she was going to symbolize. And it’s always scary to be thrown into it – that’s what I felt like when I did [the film] Selena. You’re thrown out there, and all of a sudden you’re not anonymous. You are known. And that’s a lot to handle. It’s scary at first. Then you get used to it. And so she was in that moment in her life where it’s just like, What the hell? Everybody’s clapping for me. People are writing about me, talking about me, I’m on TV. She was just a judge in New York.”
Of course, by “just a judge in New York,” Lopez means Sotomayor was a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Which, as you know, is not exactly Judge Harry Stone. But we digress…
The author of the article follows up this quote with the observation, apparently made without sarcasm: “Obviously, Lopez can relate.”