Tough times made JLo a better actress

Los Angeles, Jan 29 (IANS) Singer Jennifer Lopez, who will be seen on the big screen in upcoming crime thriller "Parker", believes the difficulties in her personal life have helped her become a better actress.

The year 2012 was tough for Lopez as she split from husband Marc Anthony after seven years of marriage.

"I think I am now ready to really work as an actress. Maybe because I am different now. I have suffered some experiences lately," she told New York Post newspaper, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"These last years, I have had to face life. The truth is, that must be it. To be a great actress you must live through difficult times in order to feel it and remember that pain," she added.

"Parker" director Taylor Hackford has also praised the 43-year-old star's acting skills in the film, admitting he was knocked out by her talent.

"Jennifer's wonderful in this. I have known her. After I did a couple of drafts, I called her. The action's set in Palm Beach, and, since Florida's really Latin America, who's better than Jennifer?

"Her work knocked me out. There's moments in other projects that I knew were not great. Give an actor notes, best he will give you is 25 per cent. Give Lopez notes, and she gives you 100 percent," said Hackford.

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