Rosie Perez first encountered Jennifer Lopez when the "Jenny from the Block" singer auditioned to be a Fly Girl dancer on "In Living Color," where Perez was the choreographer.
Being a Fly Girl isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
Rosie Perez reveals in her new memoir, "Handbook for an Unpredictable Life," that she and Jennifer Lopez aren't on the best of terms — and it's been that way for a long, long time.
Perez first encountered Lopez when the "Jenny from the Block" singer auditioned to be a Fly Girl dancer on "In Living Color," where Perez was the choreographer. Perez says she fought to get Lopez on the squad — despite show boss Keenan Ivory Wayans complaining that she was "chubby and corny" — only to regret it when Lopez displayed early signs of diva-dom. "All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup and me, all to her advantage," Perez writes, adding that when confronted, Lopez went off on her like "some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest."
Apparently the chill between them has never thawed. "We ladies of color all know how hard it is for us in the entertainment business," Perez writes. "This kind of s--- hurts us all and those that follow in our footsteps."