Jennifer Lopez Opens Up About Her Own #MeToo Moment

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The actress recalls being asked to take her top off in front of a director.

Since the inception of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, Jennifer Lopez has used her platform to champion the bravery of other women. "We are really coming out of the shadows and saying how we feel," she told The Hollywood Reporter in February. "[It's about] knowing our worth and our value and making the opposite sex aware of our worth and our value."

Now Lopez is opening up about her own experience with exploitation in the entertainment business. "I haven't been abused in the way some women have," she says in her April cover story of Harper's Bazaar, "but have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have. But did I do it? No, I did not."

Remarking on her vulnerability as an actress worried about booking future jobs, she adds, "When I did speak up, I was terrified. I remember my heart beating out of my chest, thinking, 'What did I do? This man is hiring me!'"

Ultimately, Jenny from the Block credits her upbringing for the courage to say no. "In my mind I knew the behavior wasn't right," she says. "It could have gone either way for me. But I think ultimately the Bronx in me was like, 'Nah, we're not having it.'"

Throughout the interview with writer Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker, Lopez also talks about the engagement rumors trailing her and beau Alex Rodriguez ("I do believe in marriage … but I'm not forcing anything right now") and the importance of daily affirmations. Her go-to? "I am youthful and I am timeless." So far, it seems to be working.