Why Jennifer Lopez Believes that The Perfect Mother Doesn't Exist
Whether you are a working mamá or one who stayed home to help raise the niños—mom guilt is a real thing.
Per ChoosingTherapy.com, mom guilt references the feelings of guilt that mothers experience regarding their ability to attend to their child's needs. While any caregiver to children can feel this, moms usually bear the brunt of it because society holds women more accountable regarding childcare.
For her upcoming Netflix film, The Mother, superstar Latina Jennifer Lopez revealed that the question of what makes a perfect mother was something she asked herself when taking on this project.
She tells People Chica, "I think we all question like: am I great mom? Am I doing the right things? Am I making the right choices? Could I have done better?"
Referencing her character in the film, Lopez adds, "And I think those are the things that this mother is grappling with because of the life circumstances that have brought her to the point where she has to—like I said, give up her child and now go back and protect her when she's 12 years old and meet her kind of for the first time."
The Good Trouble producer goes on to note that the comparison between her character and the woman who would raise her film daughter Zoe, played by Lucy Paez, was something that got her thinking.
She continued, "And I like the idea of like: okay, well, this—is this the perfect mom—the one who raised her and was there and took her to school every day and did this? Or is this the perfect mom, and who's right, and who's wrong—the one who can protect her and keep her from being killed?
But in Lopez's mind, each mother is "being the best versions" of themself given their situation.
"And the truth is, they're both being the best versions of the mom that they can be. And I think that's the point," she asserts.
The Mother, starring Lopez, Paez, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Fiennes, Paul Raci, and Gael Garcia Bernal, premieres on May 12 on Netflix.