Before Alex Rodriguez and Marc Anthony, there was one man next to actress Jennifer Lopez. Almost two decades ago, in 2002, Jennifer Lopez met Ben Affleck while filming 'Gigli' and one thing led to the other quite fast we have to add. That same year two things happened, The actor starred in one of her biggest music hits 'Jenny From The Block' making everyone talk about it, and a pink diamond ring worth 1.2 million was given. The wedding was scheduled for September 2003 in Santa Barbara California and just four days before the wedding they “postponed” it due to "excessive media attention." He said, “I just said, I don't want to do it anymore. This is horrible. I don't want to be in this spotlight, this glare, in this way."
They said bye-bye to each other in 2004. The actor moved on and married Jennifer Garner and J.Lo did the same with Marc Anthony. In her memoir True Love written in 2014, she wrote about it, declaring their break up felt like her heart had been torn out of her chest, "And when the realization that I wasn't going to have the fairy tale family I wanted really set in, well, that was when I really started to fall apart."
You needed to know all the background story because now in 2021, InStyle has Jennifer Lopez as her cover story and they interviewed famous celebrities about their thoughts on the actress and singer, and guess what? Ben Affleck is among the list who chatted with the mag. "I don't know whether people know it or not, but the most impressive thing about her was her extraordinary work ethic," Ben said. "She had this humility coupled with the basic assumption that not only did you have to work incredibly hard to succeed, you had to then push yourself even further."
And even though he was worked with a lot of A-list actors, he declared she is the hardest-working person he has come across in this business. “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I'm so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”
Ben continued talking about her and explaining that at first, he thought he had a good work ethic but then JLo came and felt “humbled and blown away by what she was committed to doing day in and day out, the seriousness in which she took her work, the quiet and dedicated way she went about accomplishing her goals, and then how she would go back and redouble her efforts.”
Jennifer Lopez replied to this, saying she loves all the things she does because she is passionate about it and it does not seem like a job to her because she is living her dream and for that she is grateful. “I really believe the most important thing is to have great people around you. “
At the end and in a more flirty way, Ben asked Lopez about her fountain of youth because she looks exactly the same as in 2003. Lopez was neutral about her answer saying Ben himself looks “pretty good too.”