Her parents stressed the importance of work ethic and being able to speak English.
They encouraged their three daughters to put on performances at home—singing and dancing in front of each other and their friends so that they would stay "out of trouble".
She subsequently married longtime friend Marc Anthony, and rebounded with the box office successes Shall We Dance? Her fifth studio album, Como Ama una Mujer (2007), received the highest first-week sales for a debut Spanish album in the United States.
At the age of five, Lopez began taking singing and dancing lessons.
She toured New York with her school when she was seven years old.
Lopez acted as Myra, a young woman at a center for troubled girls.
After she finished filming her role in the film, Lopez realized that she wanted to become a "famous movie star".
To please her parents, though, she enrolled in Baruch College, only to drop out after one semester.