“People were so f–king mean about her — sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said,” the Way Back actor, 48, said on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast on Thursday, January 14. “Now it’s like she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished — as well she f–king should be!”
The Oscar winner continued, “I would say you have a better shot — coming from the Bronx — of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today.”
Affleck and Lopez garnered heavy media attention throughout their two-year romance. “You know, there’s always a story of the month, and me dating Jennifer Lopez happened to be that tabloid story at the time when that business grew exponentially,” he recalled on the podcast.
The Justice League actor, who shares children Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 8, with Garner, has remained on good terms with Lopez in the years since their split. In February 2020, he raved about her performance in Hustlers.
“She should have been nominated. She’s the real thing,” he told The New York Times of Lopez being snubbed for an Oscar. “I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her. How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50? That’s f–king baller.”
Affleck has continued to get serious with de Armas. A source told Us exclusively in September 2020 that the Deep Water costars are “basically” living together. “Ben is very into Ana and so sweet to her,” the insider said. “They are like any couple and sometimes she picks dumb and immature fights with him, but he doesn’t get flustered and they’re never about big issues [or] dealbreakers for either of them.”
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