JLo wants Selena Gomez to play her in a movie

Jun 23, 2014 at 8:33 p.m. ET

Jennifer Lopez is looking at the next generation of actors and she has high hopes for Selena Gomez.

Jennifer Lopez's big break came from playing another superstar and she is already looking to the next generation of actresses to play her if a film is ever made about her.

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"I would want Selena Gomez to play me in a movie," Lopez reportedly said, according to E! News Latina. "She is a cutie!"

The actresses have more in common than many might think. Gomez was named after singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who Lopez portrayed in the 1997 film, Selena. And this isn't the first time that Gomez and Lopez have been compared to each other. Jason Evigan, a producer who worked on Gomez's album, Stars Dance, told MTV, "I think it's going to take her to the next level. I kind of feel she's going to be like a new JLo kind of thing."

Playing JLo may be exactly what Gomez needs. The actress, who may or may not be back with her ex, Justin Bieber, has been trying to focus on her acting recently. At 21 years old, she is working to get rid of her childhood image.

"Being part of the Disney Channel was such a blessing, and I'm super happy with what my show accomplished, but acting is something I would like to take on more seriously," she recently told Teen Vogue. "I don't necessarily feel accomplished. I want to create a whole different persona when it comes to acting."

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It's not clear if anyone is even planning a film about Lopez's life, but Gomez would probably be honored to play the singer.