There’s no boricua bond between Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez. Perez, who worked with J. Lo during their In Living Color days, rips the pop superstar in her new memoir Handbook For an Unpredictable Life.
In excerpts published by the New York Post (the book hits shelves on February 25), Perez recalls meeting Lopez at an audition for the Fly Girls in 1991. The actress, who was lead choreographer for the dance troupe, recalls trying to convince Keenan Ivory Wayans to take a chance on the newcomer.
Though the American Idol judge has credited Wayans with discovering her, Perez claims he thought she was “chubby and corny” and that she, in fact, was the one to encourage the hire.
Wayans, however, told a different story on an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. “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 in the episode.
“He just saw something in me,” Lopez confirmed. “He would always tell me, ‘You’re going to be a big star.'”
Perez recalls that Lopez didn’t exactly get along with her fellow dancers. “All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage,” Perez wrote in her memoir, saying Lopez thought the girls were just “jealous.”
She then went on to say that the Grammy winner dropped her “sweet girl act” and “went off” on Perez like “some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest.”
Perez claims Lopez shouted, “You pick on me, me and only me, every f****** day! Every f****** day! I work my a** off, deliver and you keep pushing me aside, treating me like s***! I know I’m good! I’m better than any of these girls, and you know it.”
She also says J.Lo made “disparaging comments” about her in Hollywood after she became a superstar.