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A star is reborn
Jennifer Lopez feels rejuvenated with a new album, new movie, new husband and new fashion line
By Chris Betros

Cassio

Jennifer Lopez can always count on unusual questions when she visits Japan.

Here to promote her fifth album Rebirth, the 34-year-old Latina star was asked whether she realized that her Shall We Dance? co-star Richard Gere resembled Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Breaking into a laugh, all she could say was, “I’m sorry, I don’t know your prime minister. That’s so funny.”

It’s been four years since Lopez last visited Japan. Her three-day stay reportedly cost ¥70 million. Whether her new album and movie will recoup those costs is debatable, although Rebirth has been selling well since its February 23 debut. “When a new album comes out, it is always scary because you never know how it is going to be received. Knowing it is already a hit here makes me very happy,” Lopez said.

Rebirth signals a new chapter in her life. “I had taken six months off, my first real break since high school. I came back with a rejuvenated sense and I think this album reflects that. It is a mix of pop, hip-hop, R&B, but is more soulful, with funkier elements. It’s a bit riskier for me.”

She also has a new film, a new fashion line and a new husband, singer Marc Anthony. Although they married last June, the singer only publicly acknowledged it last month. However, questions about her private life were out; instead, Lopez wishes to focus on her career. She has released five movies and four albums in the past three years. “That’s why I wanted a break. Rebirth felt like the first album all over again.” She spent several months planning it, getting involved in every aspect of its production. In the music video, she appears as eight different characters.

While Lopez’s albums have sold millions of copies, her movie career chugs along, a hit here, a bomb there. In Shall We Dance? (a remake of the 1996 Japanese film), she plays a ballroom dancing instructor helping accountant Richard Gere alter his staid lifestyle. “I loved the original,” she said. “We had a great ensemble cast and I got to dance with Richard. I grew up watching him in the movies.” Despite being trained as a dancer, Lopez found the role a challenge. “Ballroom dancing is very different. It’s like trying to teach a hip-hop dancer how to do ballet, so it was hard for me.”

She will next be seen in Jersey Girl, followed by An Unfinished Life and Monster-in-Law. How does she balance movies, music and fashion? “I think loving what you do is the key. That and finding a balance between your life and your career.”




 

 

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Oscar Fashion Night
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Sky Perfect TV’s Movie Plus channel announces its Academy Awards 2005 Fashion Review, to be shown on April 1, featuring (clockwise from left): cinema personality Kuro Erikawa; celebrity Uno Kanda; actress Asato Shizuki; fashion designer Don Konishi with celebrities Makoto Nonomura and Emiri Henmi

 

 

Q&A

Hiroshi Uemura
Beauty tips from the family business

Hiroshi Uemura isn’t just part of the shu Uemura family group; he is also president of UTOWA, a cosmetics business he started in 2003 that manufactures original products and distrubutes overseas brands such as Paula Dorf and Vivienne Westwood.

So you recently relocated from the US?
I lived on Long Island for eight years because my father sent me to New York to relaunch the Shu Uemura beauty business.

What is the concept of UTOWA?
We focus on unique cleansing, skin toning and moisturizing products. Our original UTOWA brand is for professional makeup artists.

What is a typical day for you?
I take my children to school and then come here. I live within walking distance from my office. I’m in and out, sometimes visiting department stores and other cosmetics shops.

Do you have a lot of meetings?
I set a rule, not to exceed 45 minutes. I was a soccer player and can concentrate only for 45 minutes. What was it like growing up in a family business? My father was very busy and had no time to be with me. I want to be different and spend time with my 10-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.

Did you feel pressure to join the family business?
When I was young, I joined an advertising agency. But my father asked me to come into the family business.

What about your kids?
I don’t mind if they go their own way. My son, who was born in New York, loves ice hockey and wants to be in the NHL.

Do the staff in the Shu Uemura stores know you?
Most know me, but one time when I visited the Tamagawa Takashimaya store, an employee approached me, saying “Irasshaimase.”

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