Jennifer Lopez Slammed By Rosie Perez In New ‘Tell-All’ Memoir

    February 17, 2014
    Meaghan Ellis
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Jennifer Lopez has apparently rubbed Rosie Perez the wrong way over the years. Now, all of the details about their contention are coming to the light.

According to US Weekly, Perez, who recently published her memoir Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, had a lot to say about her apparent, on-going feud with the singer-actress.

The tell-all memoir recounts a number of events that have occurred between the two over a 23-year span.

The accounts that Perez shares definitely reveal that the two weren’t the best of friends.

The New York Post has released excerpts from the new book, which is scheduled to be released on Feb. 25.


The book revealed that the two Puerto Rican dancer-actresses initially met during the In Living Color open casting call for the show’s memorable Fly Girls. Perez was actually the famed head choreographer behind the show’s dance group.

She also stated that her influence was one of the reasons that Lopez was selected, as she convinced the sketch comedy television series creator Keenan Ivory Wayans to pick her.

While Lopez has always accredited Wayans for her Fly Girl breakthrough, Perez begs to differ. The Fearless actress claims that Lopez was actually “chubby and corny.”

However, Wayans has also shared his perspective of the American Idol judge. Back in 2010, Wayans made a cameo on VH1’s Behind the Music segment on Lopez. He stated that he immediately noticed that Lopez had star potential. He also recalled one of the memorable moments where she exuded that star quality he spoke of.


“I’d been there hours and seen every dancer in New York, and then this young girl steps up and a spotlight landed on her and she captivated everyone in the room,” Wayans recalled. “He just saw something in me,” Lopez confirmed. “He would always tell me, ‘You’re going to be a big star.'”

Although both Lopez and Wayans were on one accord, Perez shared more detailed accounts to further explain her disdain for the Maid in Manhattan actress. She revealed that Lopez had difficulty remaining amicable with most of the Fly Girls during her time on In Living Color. Perez claims Lopez didn’t initially connect with the other girls, as her “inner diva” was quite evident from the start.

“All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage,” Perez recalled. She even recounted one squabble in particular with Lopez where she claims things got out of hand between her and the Grammy-nominated singer.

Perez took things a step further in her memoir with a more blatant indignation saying that Lopez quickly dropped the “sweet girl act” and “went off” on her like “some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest.”

Perez even recalled the verbal sparring match between the two. “You pick on me, me and only me, every f**king day! Every f**king day!,” Lopez exasperatingly shouted. “I work my ass off, deliver and you keep pushing me aside, treating me like s**t! I know I’m good! I’m better than any of these girls, and you know it.”

Handbook for an Unpredictable Life should be quite an interesting read. Lopez has not released any comments in reference to the book.

Image via Jennifer Lopez, Facebook
Image via Jennifer Lopez, Facebook
Image via Rosie Perez, Twitter

  • delphine

    Some people can’t be jealous without showing it!! Perez has no talent except being a loud mouthed, ordinary, short person!!

    • naturallyyy

      jealous? perez was the creator and lead choreographer for the fly girls, not to mention her various acting roles. id call that talent.

    • Eleanor Peters

      Perez could dance Jennifer Lopez away any day. Yes, Jennifer Lopez is a corny dancer, and she looks like she gets tired easily while she’s dancing. That was not the case with Rosie Perez. Quite frankly, Jennifer’s big butt and her relationship with Sean Combs is what made her famous.

      • leena

        Tired? She dances through entire concerts when she is on tour. Sometimes one concert after another. That wold be HOURS of dancing. I like Perez as an actor, but seriously holding onto this after all these years is just petty!

  • Charles Almon

    Lopez is a singer dancer semi actress
    Perez is an actress.
    Just an observation, not a point.

    • M

      Perez is a dancer as well. Thus why she was able to do choreography. Also, there are tons of clips of her dancing.

      • leena

        Ok, but this was YEARS ago! Let it go! It makes Perez appear petty and jealous!

    • Djphoenix

      Perez is an actress now, due to a major accident that she had. She was, however, a successful dancer and choreographer before she moved fully into acting, producing and directing.

  • Anive

    Rosie Perez is jealous and hateful. JLo managed her career better and became more successful. I am no fan of JLo, but happy for a Puerto Rican sista’s success.

    • Djphoenix

      They are both successful Puerto Rican sisters, so…

    • Name

      WORD!! Why is she still holding on to this? She is bitter becasue she did not make it as big. Although she is a much better actress that JLO…….maybe she didn’t make it as far because she is resentful and unforgiving?

  • mike

    Let me see if I’ve got this straight. A career underachiever who ended up a never was is going after a has been that never really was? I’m not sure either side is worth taking. The only thing I remember off the top of my head about Perez is the ‘fly girls’ choreographer and ‘White Men Cant Jump’, and Lopez was never anything more than an ass with a so/so voice and no recognizable talent otherwise. So that pretty much settles that. Case dismissed. Next.

    • Djphoenix

      Mike: The case is not settled, because you actually do not know much about either’s career if you believe that this is all that either has done. Both have acted in more films than you have mentioned, and have moved behind the scene to produce successful movies, television shows, and other media and non-media projects. In fact, I’m watching Lopez’s successful show the Fosters as we speak.

  • Jose

    She so called never made it cuz she decided to put her career on hold to tend to her sick mother. That is a whole other story to those who don’t know.

  • desertone

    I am not a fan of Jennifer Lopez, but seeing her on American Idol has certainly got my attention. She is very understanding, caring and to me a very honest type person with her being on that show. Other than that I really don/t know.

  • Djphoenix

    Actually, they both are talented extremely talented women and I love them both. I’m African American, but I hate seeing two Latina’s being pit against one another like this. It sucks!!!!!!! It seems that all Jennifer was saying to Rosie was give me a break; you are all over me. She appeared to be frustrated. Rosie seemed to be frustrated by Jennifer’s behavior and all of the complaints that she was getting from other dancers. I hope that this can be put to bed. Both ladies are true super stars. I know that Rosie is trying to sell her book, but I hope she is not trying to throw Jennifer under the bus to make that happen. It, is, however, her story to tell. Peace.

    • delphine ladd

      Perez played herself in the Nicolas Cage movie about a lottery ticket! Enough said!

  • Erik Lee

    JLo is a crap dancer and crap actress, known only for her fat behind. She has the acting chops of Vanna White and the dance moves of Barnie the purple dinosaur. I put her singing right up there with William Hung.

    • Name

      Guess you missed her tribute to Salsa star Celia Cruz. She got a standing ovation and did an amizing job. She is not the best dancer, but she deos have skills.


    Rosie Perez looks like a boxer and I don’t mean one in the ring. Who cares what she says?

  • Linda Stevens

    I think dancing is so much fun & such good exercise & wish every physical education class had freestyle dancing at least several times a month so kids who hate exercise but love to dance can see that they can get regular exercise simply by dancing.