Barbra Streisand Gave Jennifer Lopez One Sage Advice About Picking the Right Films That Helped Build Her $400 Million Career

Jennifer Lopez recalls the first time she met her idol, Barbra Streisand.

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  • Jennifer Lopez met Barbra Streisand at an Oscars party where they conversed for the first time.
  • The singer shared the one career advice that the veteran actress gave to her.
  • Lopez felt so confused when Streisand began confessing about her stage fright.
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Jennifer Lopez has high admiration for Nuts actress Barbra Streisand. Recalling the first time she met her idol, the singer still could not believe everything she learned from her.

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Jennifer Lopez in The Mother / Netflix

During their conversation, Lopez received the wisest and most practical advice from the veteran actress to give her better judgment when taking on movie projects. With a career spanning six decades, Streisand definitely knows the inner workings of Hollywood.

Jennifer Lopez On Meeting Barbra Streisand For The First Time

During her guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez shared her first encounter with The Prince of Tides star Barbra Streisand.


My mom grew up loving Barbra so she passed that on to me and the love of musicals. When I was in Hollywood, and I was acting, and it was 20, 30 years ago, I met her and I just was just like, ‘Oh my God! I love you!’ and she was like, ‘Oh my God!’

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Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides / Columbia Pictures

During their chitchat, Streisand generously gave advice to Lopez on how to choose the right movies to work on. The Hustlers star has a great filmography under her belt, and with the help of Streisand’s nugget of wisdom, Lopez was able to expand her portfolio.

She was very nice and wound up giving me kind of advice on movies that has stuck with me. She told me, ‘Five good scenes. You have to have five good scenes that people will not forget.’ And I always think about that when I’m reading a script. I’m like, ‘Where’s the scene? Where’s the scene?’

Streisand is one of the few celebrities who has the prestigious title of EGOT. This means that throughout her career, she has received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscars, and Tony awards.

Meanwhile, Lopez is on her way to carving her path toward a similar feat. So far, the Let’s Get Loud singer has two Grammy nominations. She is also the recipient of two Golden Globe Award nods.


Jennifer Lopez Could Not Believe What Barbra Streisand Confessed To Her

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Jennifer Lopez in Atlas / Netflix

In an interview with Rolling Stone via Hola, Lopez admitted she felt confused and bewildered at the same time upon meeting Barbra Streisand. The veteran star asked her how she handles fame, which puzzled Lopez.

Later on, Streisand admitted to having “terrible stage fright” which even more confused the singer.

She was telling me all these things. I was really surprised. I never thought of her that way. It really stayed with me.

Indeed, Lopez could not believe how her idol suddenly opened up to her upon their first meeting. The incident made it more memorable for the Latina star. “I was like, ‘You’re Barbra Streisand!” reacted Lopez.


Surely that night after the Oscars party held a special place in the singer’s heart, and Streisand’s advice remains helpful in Lopez’s career especially now with the release of Atlas on Netflix, a science fiction action film directed by Brad Peyton. Lopez also served as producer.


Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.