Matthew McConaughey Recalled Working With Jennifer Lopez On “The Wedding Planner” Back In 2001, And Here’s What He Had To Say

“I’ve never seen someone be able to choreograph something so cleanly and clearly and actually hit the coordination of that scene.”

Jennifer Lopez hasn’t always escaped criticism throughout her career, but if there’s one person who has her back, it’s Matthew McConaughey.

Jennifer Lopez in a dress with floral accents at an event

As you’ll probably know, Matthew and J.Lo go back a long way, first starring together in the 2001 romantic comedy, The Wedding Planner.

Screenshot from "The Wedding Planner"

The film was a hit, making nearly $100 million at the worldwide box office. And now, more than 20 years since they first shared the screen, Matthew is still filled with praise for his costar.

Jennifer Lopez in a dotted, cropped blouse with high-waisted pants, Matthew in a dark suit, posing at an event

While looking back at some of his most iconic roles with People last week, the Oscar winner recalled working with Jennifer on The Wedding Planner, hailing her multi-talented abilities.

Matthew McConaughey wearing a suit with a bow tie, looking away from camera

“Look, I don't know what a five-threat is, but it's more than a four-threat, a quad-threat… Whatever a five-threat is is what she is,” he began, praising her hard work and dedication to her craft.

Closeup of J.Lo and Matthew McConaughey

While J.Lo is obviously a natural in front of the cameras, Matthew also attributed her success in Hollywood to her hard work behind the scenes: “That woman's a worker...and she knows what she wants to do, and she does what she needs to do to pull off what she wants to do.”

Jennifer Lopez in a strapless gown with large floral embellishments on the sleeves at the Golden Globes

Adorably, Matthew’s comments closely echo those he gave in January 2021 when the A-list pair reunited to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary, telling Jennifer: “I love your intentionality, I love how deliberate you are. You would have it down.”

Matthew and J.Lo sharing a dance during an outdoor scene

Of course, J.Lo returned the compliment at the time by telling Matthew it was a joy to work together on the hit movie so early in their respective careers.

Matthew McConaughey in a shirt smiling during an interview

You can watch Matthew recap more of his best-loved movie roles with People here.

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