Jennifer Lopez has revealed starring in new action thriller Parker with Jason Statham has made her feel she needs to do more acting.
The 43-year-old mother to four-year-old twins Max and Emme stepped down as a judge on American Idol last year to focus on her music, but has now realised she wants to focus on her acting career as well.
J-Lo said: "Doing this film and having a great experience with Jason and Taylor [Hackford, the director] and everybody, really made me realise 'Gosh, this is what I do, and I miss this and I need this'.
"This is a huge part of who I am, and I have maybe not given it all the attention that I should for a few years now, maybe even since the babies were born. So it's time for me to put that focus and at this point in my life I feel ready to do that."
In the film Jen plays an estate agent whose life is in ruins when she forms an unlikely alliance with a conman, played by Jason.
The Hollywood beauty admitted she left American Idol because it was getting in the way of her career.
She said: "To be honest, because of Idol, it was more difficult to do the things that I actually do, which is sing and dance and act, and so it's nice to have the focus back on that.
"I just toured, so I feel like I got the music out of the way. I can start making my next album, but at the same time I really want to to focus on films."
::Parker is released in cinemas on Friday March 8.