Actress Rosie Perez talks about Jennifer Lopez in her new memoir “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.”
Perez’s “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life” details how she met “Jenny from the Block” in 1991 for “Living Color’s” open casting call for the show’s Fly Girl dancers, which Perez choreographed.
The 49-year-old stated that she convinced Keenan Ivory Wayans, host and creator of “Living Color,” to sign on a “chubby and corny” Lopez, thereby giving her a shot at fame.
However, Perez wrote that trouble began when Jennifer didn’t get along with her dance companions, writing that, “All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage,” adding that Lopez got rid of her “sweet girl act” and “went off” on Perez like “some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest.”
Rosie Perez even alleged that Jennifer shouted at her, “You pick on me, me and only me, every f**king day! Every f**king day! 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.”
Finally, Perez claimed that, after the “Back Up Plan” starlet left “Living Color,” she cut Perez with “disparaging comments”, only to later meet her again at a night club years later, acting as if the two were the best of friends.
“We ladies of color all know how hard it is for us in the entertainment business,” Perez laments in the book. “This kind of sh-t hurts us all and those that follow in our footsteps.”