Fans, of course, got a taste of the dynamic duo a few weeks back when they released joint action-packed singles and videos –“Pa Ti” and “Lonely.” In this exclusive conversation with Billboard, which coincided with their ultra-glam Billboard cover shoot, the two stars spoke about working together, Latinos in film and music, and more.
Some priceless moments included discussions on the following subjects:
The first day on set
Maluma: When we were fighting with Owen, remember? In that little hall. It was the first time that I met Owen. And then I had to scream at him.
Lopez: You wanted to beat him up! You wanted to kill him!
The importance of rom-coms
Lopez: First of all, romantic comedies are not light movies. They’re necessary, beautiful movies, and I don’t know why people feel like they have to put them down when everybody enjoys them so much. It’s like “chick flicks.” I don’t know guys who don’t love to go to the movies and watch a rom-com. It’s a very sweet movie, but it’s still a movie about life.
On representing Latinos in film and music
Lopez: Everybody knows that I’m a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx. It’s not something I ever tried to hide — or ever thought that I should hide -- so I can get ahead. I always felt that individuality is what made me different from every other actress that was out there when I first started. I feel it’s the secret to my success.
Maluma: I have a tattoo that says “Medellín.” (He opens his shirt to show it.) I just want to be known around the world as Colombian. Everybody is always saying, “When are you going to start singing in English?” Why am I going to do it if I’m doing concerts in Romania, Israel, Morocco, the States, and they’re singing in Spanish? I want to bring my essence around the world. And my essence is singing in Spanish.
Watch the full interview above.
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