as Harlee Santos
Jennifer Lopez plays Harlee Santos in the drama Shades of Blue.
Actor, singer, film and television producer, fashion designer, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Lopez has created one of the most successful and well-known brands in entertainment.
Lopez made her feature-film debut in the highly acclaimed "Mi Familia," which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She followed that performance with her portrayal of the Latin music sensation Selena, which earned her widespread acclaim, including a Golden Globe nomination and an ALMA Award. Lopez has had five films open at number one: "Maid in Manhattan," "Monster-in-Law," "Anaconda," "The Cell" and "Antz."
Her recent film "The Boy Next Door," which she produced and starred in, was the second highest box office opening of her career. Lopez also starred alongside Rihanna and Jim Parsons in "Home," which opened at number one at the box office and features Lopez's song "Feel the Light." Other film credits include "Shall We Dance?," "Enough," "Out of Sight," "Angel Eyes," "Parker," "An Unfinished Life," "Money Train," "Jack," "Blood and Wine" and "El Cantante." She will next be seen in "Lila & Eve," opposite Viola Davis, which had its debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Since Lopez's first album "On the 6" debuted in 1999, she has been transforming the global music scene and has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. She has had 16 Top 10 hit songs and three No. 1 albums. Her music achievements include winning three AMAs, three ASCAP Pop Music Awards, eight Billboard Latin Music Awards and two VMAs. She became the first woman to receive the lifetime achievement Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards for outstanding contribution to pop music. Lopez is also a two-time Grammy Award nominee. She recently released her 10th album, A.K.A., which includes "I Luh Ya Papi," "First Love" and her current single, "Booty," and collaborations with Iggy Azalea, T.I., Pitbull, French Montana, Rick Ross, Tyga, Sia, Chantal Kreviazuk, Kirby, Chris Brown and producers Max Martin and Savan, Detail, RoccStar, DJ Mustard, Diplo, Harmony Pop and Oak, as well as longtime collaborator and producer Cory Rooney.
In 2001, Lopez made history by being the first female artist to have a number one movie and No. 1 album simultaneously. "The Wedding Planner" was the nation's top-grossing film, while her second album, J.Lo, was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Lopez joined the cast of "American Idol" in 2010 and helped make it the most watched U.S. television series for two years in a row. She will be part of the "Idol" judges table for the final season in 2016.
Lopez's career achievements continue to grow. In 2013 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won Favorite Actress and the World Icon Award at the Premios Juventud Awards, was honored at the amfAR Inspiration Gala and received the March of Dimes' Grace Kelly Award for her charitable work. In 2014 she received GLAAD's Vanguard Award and was honored at Variety's Power of Women event for her philanthropic efforts.
Nuyorican Productions is Lopez's motion picture and television production company, which produced the box office hit "The Boy Next Door," HBO's "Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again" and TNT's recent special "Neighborhood Sessions with Jennifer Lopez." Nuyorican has branched into scripted and unscripted television, producing the critically acclaimed hit ABC Family series "The Fosters," from creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg, about a lesbian couple raising children together and helping redefine the meaning of family. The series has won several awards, including a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama Series, the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Board of Directors' Award for LGBT Outstanding Leadership, and Choice TV Breakout Show at the Teen Choice Awards.
In unscripted, Nuyorican's credits include the bilingual Latin America talent show "Q VIVA!" for both Fox and Univision, and "House of Joy" and "A Step Away" for the Nuvo network, the English-language cable channel for which Lopez is the chief creative officer. In early 2014, NuvoTV acquired Fuse TV, a channel dedicated largely to music, and featuring original series and specials, live concerts and blocks of music videos.
In 2014 Lopez released the autobiographical novel "True Love," which became an instant international best-seller and landed at number five on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list. "True Love" is an intimate look at one of Lopez's most defining moments - a two-year period of great personal growth in the wake of her divorce as she created and set out on her first world tour. The book is an honest and revealing personal diary with hard-won lessons and heartfelt recollections and an empowering story of self-reflection, rediscovery and resilience.
Her passion and commitment to making a difference in the world is highlighted through her work with children via the Lopez Family Foundation, a not-for-profit organization she started with her sister, Lynda. The Lopez Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children and increasing the level of medical care available to them. The organization opened its first telemedicine center in Puerto Rico in 2010 and seven new centers in Panama since then. The foundation also recently opened the Center for a Healthy Childhood, in partnership with the Montefiore Medical Center, which aims to promote healthy eating, exercise and improve outcomes and access to care for women, children and families in the Bronx.