Monday, February 17, 2014

Really now? Rosie Perez reveals longstanding beef with J. Lo in new book


Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez have some serious bad blood — and don’t expect either to turn the other chica with the publication of Perez’s new memoir, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life” (Crown), out Feb. 25.

The two Puerto Rican actresses met in New York in 1991 at an open casting call for the sketch-comedy show “In Living Color,” where Perez, now 49, was a choreographer.

Brooklynite Perez immediately noticed Bronx-born Jenny from the Block’s best asset, recalling her as a beautiful girl with a “big ass.”

But show host and creator Keenan Ivory Wayans wasn’t as taken by J.Lo, calling her “chubby and corny,” and ­refusing to hire her.

Perez became the big-bootied newcomer’s booster, eventually swaying Wayans — but only if J.Lo cut her hair and dropped 20 pounds.

J.Lo’s inner diva quickly emerged. “All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage,” Perez writes.

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