All the Times Jennifer Lopez Had a Regular Job on-Screen

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It's hard for us to see Jennifer Lopez as anything but a megastar performer and red carpet queen, but did you notice that her on-screen careers are very relatable? On her newest TV series, Shades of Blue, she plays a New York City police officer. Sure, she's on a FBI task force in the series, but for the most part, her job seems like a regular 9 to 5. But she's J. Lo!

Her current TV series, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, isn't the only time she's had a regular job in a role. In fact, she's literally one of us in most of her big screen gigs. Check out our favorite J. Lo jobs below.

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Jack

Jack
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In one of her first film roles, Lopez plays a teacher in the 1996 film that starred Robin Williams as a child with an unusual aging disorder.

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The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door
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In this 2015 film, she's a high school teacher who has a one-night stand with her younger neighbor (Ryan Guzman), who develops a dangerous obsession with her.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting

What to Expect When You're Expecting
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In this 2012 ensemble dramedy, Lopez plays a photographer who's unable to conceive children and decides to adopt a baby from Ethiopia with her husband (Rodrigo Santoro).

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Bordertown

Bordertown
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In 2006, Lopez took on the role of a "Chicago Sentinel" news reporter assigned to investigate and cover a series of slayings in a Mexican border town.

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Monster-in-Law

Monster-in-Law
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The 2005 romantic comedy saw Lopez in a variety of jobs as she dealt with her soon-to-be mother-in-law: a dog walker, a yoga instructor, a temp worker, and an aspiring fashion designer.

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Shall We Dance

Shall We Dance
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The 2004 romantic comedy starred Richard Gere as an overworked lawyer who signs up for dance lessons after spotting a beautiful dance instructor in the window of a studio. Lopez plays that beautiful dancer, of course!

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Maid in Manhattan

Maid in Manhattan
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In this 2002 romantic comedy, Lopez plays a maid in a New York City hotel who catches the eye of a senatorial candidate.

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Enough

Enough
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In this dark 2002 drama, Lopez plays a waitress who runs away from her abusive husband.

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The Wedding Planner

The Wedding Planner
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In this 2001 romantic comedy, she's a successful San Francisco wedding planner, who breaks one major rule: falling in love with a groom (Matthew McConaughey).

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Out of Sight

Out of Sight
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A bank robber (George Clooney) breaks out of jail and kidnaps a U.S. Marshal (Lopez) in this 1998 thriller.

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Anaconda

Anaconda
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The classic 1998 film followed documentary director (Lopez) and her crew who were taken hostage by a snake hunter on a quest to find a legendary giant anaconda found only in the Amazon rainforest.

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Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes
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She's a fiesty Chicago police officer in this 2001 drama.

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Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue
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On her current NBC series, Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a New York City police officer who works with the FBI's anti-corruption task force.

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