Jennifer Lopez spoke with Entertainment Tonight about how her lesbian Aunt inspired her to produce ABC Family's The Fosters:
"I had an aunt who was gay and I lived with her and I loved her. She just passed away from cancer and I thought of her often when I was thinking of taking on this project and the prejudices that she faced. She was so much a part of my life. I mean, she was my mom's sister, she was always there for us and she was a great person [...] She didn't have her own family and I often wonder if she wanted it. We never talked about it. She just had her life the way it was and I just thought about it and it was kind of like an homage to her."
The series, which premieres on Monday, June 3 at 9:00 pm, centers around police officer Stef Foster (Teri Polo) and her partner, school Vice Principal Lena Adams (Sherri Saum).
"When I read the script I just really felt like although it was a non-traditional family and it had kind of those newer themes to it, it had some really basic themes as well about family and love and what's really important in life. [...] You know, that life can be complicated and messy sometimes, and not simple, and it was really, really a true depiction of family in this day and age."