J. Lo: The Secrets of Jennifer Lopez

Exclusive from CosmoGIRL!

You know the story: Jennifer's just a regular girl from the Bronx who has become the most humongous star in the entertainment industry, single-handedly dominating the movie and music businesses! Next stop on the J.Lo express: the fashion world. She's just launched a new clothing line! How does she do it? Only CosmoGIRL.com knows for sure.

Read on for an outtake from CosmoGIRL!'s exclusive interview with Jennifer Lopez.

CosmoGIRL!: You've broken all the rules about what a singer should be, what an actress should do and what a star should look like. How did you become such a rebel?

J.Lo: I only do what my gut tells me to. I think it's smart to listen to other people's advice, but at the end of the day, you're the only one who can tell you what's right for you.

CosmoGIRL!: Who's given you some good advice?

J.Lo: My mom always told me that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. And it's true. It's one of the truest things EVER.

CosmoGIRL!: Have you ever come to a crossroads in your life when you thought you might give up?

J.Lo: I think crossroads come at many times during your life. Up to this point, I've had several. You get to a certain point in your life and you're like, Am I supposed to be doing this? And it's usually in the face of some failure -- something that didn't work out the way you wanted it to. And you're faced with a decision: Do I keep trying to do this or do I give up?

CosmoGIRL!: Well, thank goodness you took your mom's advice. That "never quit" attitude has really paid off for you in your career...and your bank account!

J.Lo: For me, it's never been about money. I don't care how much I make. At the end of the day, I do it because I love doing it. Early in my career, when started out on TV, one of my first boyfriends said in an interview, "If Jennifer wasn't on TV right now, she'd be in Mexico singing in front of five people in a restaurant." And THAT'S who I am.

CosmoGIRL!: Really? Now, that's dedication!

J.Lo: If you focus on the money, you're not going to get anywhere. You can want to be successful, but at the end of the day, if money is your motivation, if that's how shallow your outlook is on life, then you're going to be such an empty person. Because there's nothing driving you from the inside -- there's no passion...

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