Lopez, 36, told the World Entertainment News Network she is often overlooked by Hollywood's biggest directors who read -- and believe -- gossip printed about her.
"In the beginning, I was a blank slate," she said. "I got to work with all these great directors because I was just a girl who came in there and did well in the audition.
"Then when I became famous, I was being offered movies that I could star in but that's all I was being offered. When I think I should be seeing the big directors, they don't even consider me. They see me as a sexy singer and too much in the media."