On Friday (Feb. 7), the triple-threat stopped by The Tonight Show to rehash one of the most significant performances of her career to date. She was overcome with emotion from the moment she sat down with the late night host, and they immediately started unpacking why her halftime show was such a huge deal for her and why the response to it has been so moving.
“We worked so hard,” she told Fallon. “We started working on my set in November, and it was just every single day. It’s a short amount of time, you know what I mean? But so much goes into that moment. It’s hundreds of people. They put that stage together, and then you get on it, and then you rock — it’s such a big deal. I’m just glad everybody liked it! That’s why I got emotional!”
She went on to talk about how difficult it was to get her part of the show down to six minutes, given all that she wanted to include (“Obviously me and Shakira had to split the time — usually it’s one artist that does it — so it was tough”), and Fallon singled out her epic pole dance sequence, which she performed atop a mini version of the Empire State Building.
“I wanted it to be like, women are on top off the world,” she said of the inspiration for that moment, which was a “little nod to Hustlers.” “Again, it was a powerful move,” she said. “It was like, ‘Look Ma, no hands!'”
Another powerful move, one that filled Lopez with maternal pride: her daughter, Emme, came out to sing a few bars of “Let’s Get Loud” with her mom, and she interpolated a few bars of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” into the track. It made for a subtle-yet-powerful political statement and one of the highlights of the night, and Lopez considers her daughter to be a natural when it comes to the family business.
“You know, she has the performance gene,” she said. “She doesn’t let it in her mind how big [the performance] is or how it scares you. That’s what you have to do, when you’re up there, you know — you kind of have to [have] control. She has that gene, that gene of ‘I’m comfortable up here…’ I wish I felt more like her.”
As for Springsteen, he approved of Emme’s “Born in the U.S.A.” moment. “He called after the Super Bowl, and he was like, ‘You girls can really sing and dance!'”
Watch Lopez revisit her epic Super Bowl halftime show performance below.