What’s the best way to celebrate a celebrity power couple engagement? If you’re Jennifer Lopez and Alexander Rodriguez, a his and hers sunglass line with Quay is the only reasonable option. Or an option, at least. Quay, the Australian-based global eyewear company, tapped the beautiful-and-so-in-love pair as the faces for a collection of every type of shade under the sun, from classic aviators to flirty cat eyes. For Lopez’s part, the triple threat took influence from her extensive sunglass collection and iconic sunnies moments in her 20-plus-year career.
She won’t give me a number for the amount of sunglasses she owns— it’s that many— but she does dish on working with her sunglass-stealing man ARod, how to wear sunglasses inside without looking like a “douche,” and what happened to the sunglasses from the “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” video.
What made you want to partner up with Quay?
Honestly, whatever I get involved with it’s not like, “Oh, I want to do sunglasses” or “Oh, I want to do leggings,” it’s not like that. It’s always about something that naturally has to do with my life. I’ve been using Quay sunglasses years. You can go back and see photos of me rocking Quay styles. They noticed and were like, “Hey, maybe we should do something together because we see that you’re a big fan of the brand.” It was just one of those things that really was a natural collaboration.
How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?
Oh my God. It might be as bad as shoes. It might be. There’s a lot of sunglasses. It’s like one accessory that you can buy over and over and over. There’s just so many different moods and styles you have, I don’t know I have so many.
How was working with your fiancé Alex on the line?
The main thing for us was making sure it captured both of our styles. It needed to be classic but also glamorous and sexy because that’s kind of the field that we like to play in as far as fashion goes, and our life by the way. We just wanted to have a strong sense of our self-expression and of who we really are. I think they really nailed that.
Do you keep your sunglasses from the set of all your music videos? Do you still have the iconic shades from Love Don’t Cost a Thing?
I don’t know that I have the exact glasses from Love Don’t Cost a Thing. They were so amazing. It’s funny we threw them and broke them at the video shoot so I don’t think I have them still.
Do you and Alex ever match sunglasses?
Oh my God yeah. All the time. I’m like, “Aren’t those mine?” And he’s like, “Aren’t those mine?” Yeah.
Do you think it’s acceptable to wear sunglasses indoors?
You know, it’s funny. There’s a finesse to it, right? Like you can get away with it a little bit depending on who you are. But if you choose it at the wrong moment, you really, really douche out. So you have to be careful. You have to feel the room. You have to know where you are. Everything is about feeling out what feels right at the moment. But I mean, I have worn them inside. I like to think I didn’t make a fool of myself.
When would you never wear sunglasses?
I really don’t know. I wear them to the gym, I wear them on rainy days, I wear them to red carpet events sometimes. I wear them in videos all the time. I wear them in real life when I go to pick my kids up at school. I wear them when I’m hiking. I just wear them all the time.
You’re in a new movie, Hustlers, about female strippers who hustle a group of Wall Street bros, what was it like training for that?
The workouts to learn how to pole dance are really difficult. We’d gotten down a little bit of a routine now and luckily I don’t have to do a whole bunch of it in the movie. It takes so much upper body strength and leg strength and core strength. And on top of it all you’re spinning around, sometimes really fast. It’s a real skill.
You’ve got the line, a new movie, and are going on tour soon? How are you getting it all done so well?
It’s an exciting year ahead between the two movies, this movie, and another one. It’s an exciting year and it’s definitely jam packed. I’m excited for this collaboration with Quay and all the other collaborations I’m dong this year, artistically as well. I’m working with some amazing people and going on tour. It’s going to be a big party. I think it’s going to be an amazing time. My secret to balancing it all is taking it one day at a time and concentrating on doing my best in every moment. That’s all I can do.