The differences in opinions led Lopez to move out of their family home and into an apartment in Manhattan.During this period, Lopez performed in regional productions of the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma! From there, she was hired for the chorus in a Golden Musicals of Broadway, which toured Europe for five months.
She auditioned and was cast in My Little Girl (1986), a low-budget film co-written and directed by Connie Kaiserman.
After starring in Gigli (2003), a critical and commercial failure, Lopez subsequently starred in the successful romantic comedies 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.
Following a relatively unsuccessful period, she returned to prominence in 2011 with her appearance as a judge on American Idol and most commercially successful single to date, "On the Floor", which is one of the best-selling singles of all time.
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".