"I got a moniker of being 'the diva,' which I never felt I deserved -- which I don’t deserve," the 46-year-old entertainer tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I’ve always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I’m supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success."
Lopez also admits that there have been moments in her career where she didn't feel comfortable expressing herself, and felt there was a double standard placed on her because she was a woman. "Sometimes I felt crippled to voice my opinion, especially because certain directors and the boys’ club that they form can make you feel like, 'Oh, I can’t say anything,'" she explains. "I was always fascinated by how I could see [a man] being late or being belligerent to a crew and it being totally acceptable. Meanwhile, I’d show up 15 minutes late and be berated."
The triple-threat star adds, "You watch this happen over and over and over again. Like, we're not allowed to have certain opinions or even be passionate about something, or they’ll be like, 'God, she’s really difficult.' It’s like, 'Am I? Am I difficult because I care?'"
While Lopez has been in the entertainment industry for decades, she told ET in November that she only recently felt like she had made it. "Probably last year when I bought my first apartment in New York," she shared. "I used to dream about that when I was growing up in The Bronx."