"I had an aunt who was gay. I lived with her and I loved her. She just passed away from cancer," Lopez revealed. "I thought of her often when I was thinking about taking on this project. ... She was so much a part of my life. ... She was always there for us. She was a great person. ... It was kind of like a little bit of an homage to her."
When asked if she thinks her aunt would be proud of her for undertaking the project and producing it, Lopez was choked up with emotion, saying, "I think she would be really proud."
With her late aunt and our ever-evolving society in mind, the 43-year-old entertainer said it was important to her to be part of a series that breaks the mold of the traditional TV family.
"For me it was important, [as] someone who grew up in the 'Brady Bunch' age, and the 'Eight Is Enough' age, to really depict something that wasn't the normal but actually more realistic," the "Live It Up" singer said.
Beyond her backing of the show's fundamental scenario, Lopez asserts that the script's underlying themes boded well with her when she first read them.
"[The script] had some really basic themes as well: about family and love and what's really important in life," the Selena actress said. "Life can be complicated and messy sometimes and not simple. It was really a true depiction of family in this day and age."
Lopez, who most recently starred in the action film Parker alongside Jason Statham, potentially has more to offer to The Fosters than her producing assistance. She has acted in over two dozen films throughout the years and starred on the series Second Chances and its spin-off Hotel Malibu as "Melinda Lopez" in the early '90s.
"Yeah, I would consider being on the show," the mother of two said. "I don't know that they need me. It's a good show and sometimes I feel like when you have an EP who's on the show you think, 'Oh, throw 'em on the show and people will watch,' but that's not necessarily true."
Nevertheless, she isn't ruling out lending her talents to the show in another capacity.