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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Lopez feels a need for more acting

Jennifer Lopez realised how much she missed acting while making Parker

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.

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