"I got a moniker of being 'the diva,' which I never felt I deserved -- which I don't deserve," the 46-year-old entertainer tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I've always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I'm supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success."
Lopez also admits that there have been moments in her career where she didn't feel comfortable expressing herself, and felt there was a double standard placed on her because she was a woman. "Sometimes I felt crippled to voice my opinion, especially because certain directors and the boys' club that they form can make you feel like, 'Oh, I can't say anything,'" she explains. "I was always fascinated by how I could see [a man] being late or being belligerent to a crew and it being totally acceptable. Meanwhile, I'd show up 15 minutes late and be berated."
PHOTOS: Jennifer Lopez through the years
Jennifer Lopez through the years
Jennifer Lopez doesn't like her 'diva' label: I don't deserve it
The actresses who will portray slain Tejano singer Selena, in an upcoming Warner Bros "Selena," pose together at a news conference June 18. Portraying the younger Selena is ten year old Becky Lee Meza of Texas and Jennifer Lopez (R) as the adult Selena.
UNDATED PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH-FOR USE WITH STORY BC-ENTERTAINMENT-STONE - Actress Jennifer Lopez portrays housewife 'Grace McKenna" in director Oliver Stone's latest film "U-Turn" in this undated photograph. "U-Turn" also stars Sean Penn and is currently in release in the United States. After flopping dismally at the box office with his last serious political film, Oliver Stone is hoping to re-ignite his career with the age-old staples of sex, lust, greed, betrayal and murder.
Presenter and nominee Jennifer Lopez shows off her latest fashion at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 23. Lopez was nominated for Best Dance Recording for her song ["Waiting For Tonight".]
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs "Love Don't Cost A Thing" at the 28th Annual American Music Awards January 8, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez makes her way down the red carpet as
she arrives at the 74th Academy Awards March 24, 2002 in Hollywood.
Lopez is a presenter at this years ceremony. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Actress Jennifer Lopez arrives at the Mann National Theatre in Westwood
for the premiere of her new movie "Gigli, July 27, 2003. Lopez and
boyfriend Ben Affleck play mob enforcers involved in the kidnapping of
a prosecutor's brother in order to help save a mob boss from going to
prison. The movie opens August 1. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. singer and actress Jennifer Lopez arrives for the worldwide premier of Pepsi's latest advertisement in Madrid, February 23, 2005. U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles, England soccer captain and Real Madrid star David Beckham and Jennifer Lopez all starred in the advert. REUTERS/Andrea Comas ACO/GB
Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd as she opens the first-ever "World of JLO" shop in the U.S. in Marshall Field's Chicago State Street Store September 22, 2005. The shop houses the entire JLO and Sweetface collections, intimates, fragrances, jewelry and accessories. REUTERS/John Gress
U.S. singer and actress Jennifer Lopez arrives for Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2006/07 women's collections show at Milan Fashion Week February 23, 2006. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Singer Jennifer Lopez arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala "Anglomania" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York May 1, 2006. The gala presents a range of work by British fashion designers. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
Singer Marc Anthony and wife, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, arrive at the 7th annual Latin Grammy Awards in New York November 2, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
U.S. actress and singer Jennifer Lopez smiles during a news conference to present her film 'Bordertown' running in competition at the 57th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 15, 2007. The festival runs from February 8-18. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (GERMANY)
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during the 2007 Fashion Rocks Concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York September 6, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez poses at the premiere of the movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" at the Mann's Village theatre in Westwood, California December 8, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on December 25. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Jennifer Lopez smiles on stage after being announced as one the judges for the 10th season of the television show "American Idol" at the Forum in Inglewood, California September 22, 2010. The new season begins on FOX January 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (GRAMMYS-ARRIVALS)
Singer Jennifer Lopez accepts the Favorite Latin Music Artist award at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 20, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-SHOW)
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during a concert that is part of her "Dance Again World Tour" in Berlin October 13, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress and pop star Jennifer Lopez arrives with boyfriend Casper Smart at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Redmond (UNITED STATES - Tags: Entertainment) (GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS)
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez blows a kiss at photographers as she poses on her star after it was unveiled on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs "First Love" onstage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES-Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(BILLBOARDAWARDS-SHOW)
Judge Jennifer Lopez reacts as balloons fall during the American Idol XIII 2014 Finale in Los Angeles, California May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMERICANIDOL-SHOW)
Jennifer Lopez performs "Booty" during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (MUSIC-AMERICANMUSICAWARDS-SHOW)
Singer Jennifer Lopez wears a gown by Elie Saab as she arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
Actress Jennifer Lopez and singer Harry Connick Jr attend Fox's American Idol XIV Finalist Party at The District Restaurant in Los Angeles, California March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2015. REUTERS/L.E. Baskow
Actress Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
The triple-threat star adds, "You watch this happen over and over and over again. Like, we're not allowed to have certain opinions or even be passionate about something, or they'll be like, 'God, she's really difficult.' It's like, 'Am I? Am I difficult because I care?'"
While Lopez has been in the entertainment industry for decades, she told ET in November that she only recently felt like she had made it. "Probably last year when I bought my first apartment in New York," she shared. "I used to dream about that when I was growing up in The Bronx."