From a veteran stripper in “Hustlers” to an international Tejano superstar in “Selena,” Jennifer Lopez has played an array of personas on the big screen. But that wasn’t always the case. The star, 51, revealed during Variety’s Power of Women Conversations by Lifetime Wednesday that she was typecast as “the maid, the dishwasher” earlier in her career.

“I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ ” Lopez explained. “I had to kind of break out of that and convince somebody to put me in the first romantic comedy, which I think was ‘The Wedding Planner.’ (Director) Adam Shankman put me in that movie.'”

Lopez explained that she was “hot at the time” – she dropped her debut album “On the 6” in 1999 and had her iconic Versace dress moment in 2000 – but Lopez said she couldn’t get movie execs to take a chance on her, despite success in films like “Out of Sight” and “Selena.”