Rumor has it that costars J. Lo and Constance Wu weren’t getting along — and that the latter was being a diva — but the cast and crew of the highly-anticipated film Hustlers have come out in full force this week to let us all know that we’ve been duped by the detrimental but tantalizing myth of the “catfight.”
The media and its readership are notorious for pitting women against each other in perceived catfights when, actually, most of us are inclined to lift one another up to celebrate our individual and collective wins. Women are much more qualified than four-legged critters to empathize, collaborate, and disagree without relations or situations devolving into a carnal bloodbath.
In any case, the rumors of discord on the set were baseless and a total distraction from the hard work that the women-run team of Hustlers have put into their work. Leading up to the premiere this week, writer-director Lorene Scafaria refuted to BuzzFeed News any inkling of tension on set between Wu and Lopez and took the headlines personally. “Honestly when I heard about it, it was such an insult to my set, because I don’t run things like that,” she said. “Jennifer and Constance really did have that chemistry and that relationship right away. It’s kind of hard to fake that, to be honest.” Scafaria reiterated this in several other media interviews this week, characterizing J. Lo as a capable mentor and the rising star of Wu as a sort of mentee.
Lopez chimed in on the distraction as well, describing to USA Today that Wu was a “doll baby” to everyone on set and that the two of them have become great friends.
But honestly, Lopez would probably rather talk about the talent and passion that went into Hustlers, which has been receiving rave reviews and Oscar buzz. NBC News called her performance in the film her “most radiant and regal” of the past twenty years. A writer for Vulture described the film as “perfect.” And, despite J. Lo being a veteran in Hollywood, she couldn’t help but be moved by its initial critical reception. “You work hard your whole life and you wonder if anybody notices in a sense, on that level, to be in that conversation,” she told Hoda Kotb in a tearful exchange. “You have dreams when you’re a little girl of being [at the Oscars], you know what I mean?”
Hustlers is out in select theaters this evening and will premiere nationwide tomorrow.