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Jennifer Lopez is West Side Story's Anita

Jennifer Lopez is West Side Story's Anita

Jennifer Lopez portrays defiant Latina immigrant Anita and helps re-create scenes from the beloved 1961 film version of West Side Story.

The 39-year-old singer/actress watched the film “37 times” as a kid growing up in the Bronx. Says Lopez, “I never wanted to be that wimpy Maria, who sits around pining for her guy. I wanted to be Anita, who danced her way to the top.”

West Side Story is currently playing on Broadway. Tickets available now!

In semi-related news, Jennifer was/is rumored to be involved in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway hit In The Heights.

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  • Jessica

    She’s gorgeous! And Rodrigo Santoro looks good enough to eat in this picture with J.Lo!

    I’m so proud of him, since I’m brazilian too! He’s so talented, I hope people give him more chances!

  • Cara

    If it does well on Broadway, I hope they release another “Westside Story” with her in it.

  • janelle

    I love Anita! She was my favorite.

  • LolaSvelt

    Oh dear. These pictures are horrible!

  • Stephan

    Lovely !!

    <–haters to the left

  • Licey

    They should do a remake of ‘West Side Story’ using the photoshot’s cast! It’d be awesome!

    Rodrigo looks sexy!!

  • boo

    that poor dress! having to support that big old bum. they always have to photoshop it to make it look better.
    and there’s no way she’s 39. are you telling me they couldn’t find a younger better looking latina to be the young anita?

  • SARA

    Now this is more like it!!

    Jlo does justice to the shoot unlike camila who looked like she was waiting to catch a bus…..jlo makes it real!! ……

    fyi….when Rita Moreno…did anita she was no spring chicken herself. and Jlo does not look 39……as a matter of fact she makes the whole thing credidable…..while camila does not do justice to Natile woods.

  • raquel

    Jennifer? Hell NO!!!! Rodrigo? HELL YEAH!!

  • M

    it is so sad that they always ruin the image of talented people by replacing them with the untaleted ones, eg. j low. please tell her to just go have babies and stop embarassing herself. she was, is and always will be a has been. the only reason she got famous was because she was shoved up our asses 24/7. look at salma hayek and penelope cruze. now they are true talent, one nominated for oscar and the other one an oscar winner. stop trying so hard j low. get over yourself. and man talk about photoshop.

  • marissa

    camilla belle is in the first pic? i knew that was her!

  • lakers fan in boston

    jlo has not been looking good…
    she has lost it imo, at least she still has some ass, altho im not really an ass guy, more a tit guy so i dont even care

  • So stupid

    Why would she watch a movie that many times that is so racists against PuertoRicans. The police and the whites hated and fought the Puertoricans and the police where against them.

  • amber

    No thanks. No one wants to look at her big fat azz.

  • anon

    OK now this is more like it. She may surprise everyone and really bring it. You need to to play Anita. The only thing annoying about Jen is her voice. OY!!

  • diane

    At first, I thought It was Angelina Jolie! hmmm

  • Jill

    I think she’ll be very good in that part.

  • She’s fat

    If you thought this obese maid looks like the Angel Jolie, you are not only blind but crazy as well. JLO couldn’t touch the Angel in her wildest dreams.

  • dez

    sometimes classics are not meant to be remade. please don’t remake west side story. pretty please.

  • BB

    Great shoot!

  • haters

    Wow, I hope it’s true because I can definitely see Jlo in the Anita role. All the haters are going to come out in droves especially the ones from Univision.

  • Mrs. Garner

    If I wanted to see a fat P.R. waltzing around singing I would ask my housekeeper to sing. I certainly wouldn’t pay money for it.

  • omg

    She looks great.
    Agree with comment #20.

  • Snore*

    she looks like a ghetto chola.

  • hey

    Wow she looks georgeous and pretty fit.

  • hahaha

    Puerto Ricans arent immigrants. get your facts right

  • sari

    Why does she always hide her twins away? She never stays home with them it seems. Why have babies if you don’t want to take care of them.

  • jonhar

    wow good job J.Lo!

  • kibbles n’bits

    Her face is flat like my Shi-Tzi puppy. That makes her a dog right?

  • Go Away Jlo

    She’s trying to revive her dead career, hoping they will remake this movie because it is the only film Hollywood would dare offer her. It is so over for this woman, unfortunately, she is too dumb to realize it. Nothing sadder than a has-been trying to stay relevant.

  • sexualfeelin´

    wow so beautiful!!she looks really sexy and stunning

  • waiting for perfection

    Fat & Ugly. Next…

  • omg

    Too bad it’s not true, but she would make an awesome Anita. She has that fiery hotness about her. Jlo come back, I want to see you in a real good movie.

  • Hyacinth

    Cottage cheese in a tight dress is not a good look, sorry.

  • may

    She looks very beautiful

  • Lynn

    She needs to stay out of the limelight now that she is no longer an A-Lister, and take care of her children.

  • mimi

    She is an A-lister whether you like it or not.

  • emma

    Wow, she really does a great job at being Anita. Just wondering theough, is JLO actually playing her in the current Broadway show?

  • emma

    Okay no… now I realise she is not after seeing Camilla Belle’s photoshoot. Its purely a photoshoot.

  • http://justjared fatty fatima

    robet pattinson and chris evans are also in this shoot but jared hasnt put up the rest of the pics.
    nice pics though

  • brandy

    She looks so cute as anita!!she resembles rita moreno,very exotic

  • amazinggg

    OMG!! i love it!! jennifer, rodrigo, and camilla!! they all look soo good! WSS is one of my favorite musicals. good choices.

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  • pATTY

    SHE IS HORRIBLE LIKE HER CHILDRENS , oh my GOD, WHY she wants to appear like a model? Go to your country and live there. Many Latin women are beautiful .

  • http://hotmail honest to who?

    O.M.G hell yes jlo is beautiful to play this part very nice…shes fuckin beautiful with that ass woop woop go jlo do your thing

    loving you jlo
    you hot mum

  • MMA

    Puerto Ricans are definetly immigrants..they’re from Puerto Rico.