Jennifer Lopez is a natural! The 50-year-old’s personal coach and choreographer revealed that Lopez was quick to pick up pole dancing for the movie, Hustlers.
“Anybody that starts pole starts at level one because they’ve never done it before. So Jennifer, just like everyone else, started at square one,” Johanna Sapakie told Us Weekly.
The pro added that JLo was an overachiever. “She has an incredible work ethic and she is determined to be great, and so she progressed very quickly. I would say within the course of the two and a half to three months we were working together, she really achieved everything she wanted to.”
Lopez plays an exotic dancer at a NYC strip club along with Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Cardi B in the upcoming film.
“We were doing hour sessions at a time because after an hour you’re a little burnt out in your upper body,” said Sapakie. “And we would literally do them all over the country because Jennifer was doing a lot of other projects at the same time. So we worked in Miami, we worked in L.A. and we worked in New York, and I would go wherever she was to make sure we could get our trainings in.”
“She would spend an hour with me doing pole choreography and then she would also go to the gym or sometimes we would go to the gym together with her personal trainer and that’s when she would do her workout routine with them to make sure her body was in shape for the movie.”
“I think she’s really aware of the fact that she’s going to be very exposed in the movie so from any woman’s perspective you want to look your best,” Sapakie expained. And while the actress’ body “was already in incredible shape before we started,” shares the pro, it somehow continued to get even better. “In the course of the [time] we were working together in preparation for the movie, everything just got really tight and really toned. I mean she’s in the best shape of her life.”
Hustlers hits theaters Friday, Sept. 13.