Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini compare their New York accents

By Annie Martin
Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens attend 'Second Act' premiere
Cast members Jennifer Lopez (L) and Vanessa Hudgens arrive on the red carpet. Lopez plays Maya and Hudgens plays Zoe in the film. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- New York natives Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini compared their accents on Wednesday's episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The friends and Second Act co-stars demonstrated the difference between their accents for the show's host, British television personality James Corden. Lopez grew up in the Bronx, while Remini hails from Brooklyn.


"There's different ones, like Bronx Italian and Bronx Puerto Rican. And Brooklyn Italian is more like Bronx Italian. If you're from the Bronx, it doesn't mean you have the exact same accents," Lopez explained.

"When I grew up, I talked like this," she said with a Bronx accent. "I was, like, very, 'Hi, how are you. What do you want? I have my hoops on. I love to wear a lot of eyeliner.'"

Remini then demonstrated her Brooklyn accent for Corden.

"I was like, 'I'm talking to you!'" the actress said.

Lopez and Remini also said people from the Bronx and Brooklyn use different hand gestures while speaking.

"Italian hands are like, the pinky and the horn," Remini showed Corden, bending her ring and middle finger while extending her pinky, pointer finger and thumb.


"Puerto Rican hand are more like, flowing," Lopez said while moving her hands quickly.

Lopez and Remini play Maya and Joan in Second Act, which opens in theaters Friday. The pair discussed their close friendship in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published Thursday.

"People have often accused us of being lovers," Remini said.

"People have asked me if we've slept together," Lopez confirmed. "I'm like, 'No. I just love her.'"

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