'Second Act' director Peter Segal is all for Jennifer Lopez's 'passion' to get Milo Ventimiglia play her love interest in the film
'Second Act's director, Peter Segal, in fact, thinks it is great that JLo had a passion for having Milo Ventimiglia in the movie, claiming that it translates beautifully on screen.
‘This is Us’ continues to be one of the most popular shows on TV currently and with plenty of reason – one of them being Milo Ventimiglia’s flawless portrayal of the late great Jack Pearson. Having been best known for his role as the bad boy Jess Mariano in ‘Gilmore Girls’ for so long, it has been great to see a different side to Milo as the family man with a heart of gold, and as it turns out, even Hollywood’s elites have been paying attention, which has led him to landing a role in one of the most anticipated romcoms this year - ‘Second Act’.
As both Milo and Jennifer Lopez confirmed during their separate interviews with Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show,’ JLo personally requested for Milo to play her love interest. JLo, who is making her big screen comeback with the movie, even admitted to Jimmy that she thinks Milo is a total heartthrob. Now, the film's director Peter Segal has also spoken to Meaww about his leading lady’s “passion” about getting Milo on board.
Peter, in fact, thinks it is great that JLo had a passion about having him in the movie, claiming that it translates beautifully on screen. “I think it showed in their chemistry how in love the character [Maya] was with him [Trey], but how also enthusiastic Jennifer in real life really was toward Milo - and Milo was terrific,” he gushes. Peter, who shares a similar love for Milo as Jennifer does, says, "He is a very lovely man, a wonderful actor and great person, and that to me makes the filming experience that much more pleasant and enjoyable.”
While we are all happy to see Jack Pearson branch out, ‘Second Act’ is going to be a through and through JLo movie, with her going back to her rom-com roots as an actress. Fans fell in love with her thanks to lighthearted, fun movies such as ‘The Wedding Planner’ and ‘Maid in Manhattan’ and ‘Second Act’ is certainly going to be reminiscent of these films. “Obviously, Jennifer is a huge brand. She is not only a singer, a dancer, but she is also a Las Vegas performer, she is a television host, and what I remember her mostly for is the wonderful romcom she did many years ago. I thought it would be a fun opportunity to give her fans a taste of what they fell in love with her for, in this kind of movie,” says Peter on his inspiration to take on the project.
In the movie, JLo plays an underachieving 40-year-old mother who gets a second chance at a corporate career when a private finance firm hires her as a consultant to handle a major business deal. The catch? She was hired after creating a fake Facebook page which made it seem like she is an accomplished consultant. It also has Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini and Annaleigh Ashford among other talented stars.
The movie is set for release on December 21, 2018.