Character

Harlee Santos

Played by Jennifer Lopez

Actor Bio

Jennifer Lopez plays Harlee Santos on the NBC drama "Shades of Blue."

Actor, singer, film and television producer, fashion designer, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Lopez has created one of the most successful and well-known brands in entertainment.    

January 2016 began a remarkable year for Lopez in which she launched a Las Vegas residency and a new primetime television series and bid farewell to "American Idol." On January 20, 2016, Lopez premiered her one-of-a-kind Las Vegas show, "All I Have," at The AXIS in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The sold-out shows - complete with new costumes, set design and choreography - have been praised by critics, with the Los Angeles Times hailing her the queen of the Strip. She will be performing 40 shows a year through the end of 2018. Lopez also served as a judge alongside Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. on the 15th and final season of Fox's "American Idol," which took its bow in April 2016.

In 2017, Lopez shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to her continuing residency in Las Vegas and "Shades of Blue" returning to the air, Lopez will be a judge and executive producer on NBC's new dance competition show "World of Dance," alongside Ne-Yo and Derek Hough. She will also be starring on NBC's live musical version of "Bye Bye Birdie" later in the year.

Lopez made her feature-film debut in the highly acclaimed "Mi Familia," which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She followed that performance with her portrayal of the Latin music sensation Selena, which earned her widespread acclaim, including a Golden Globe nomination and an ALMA Award. Lopez has had five films open at number one: "Maid in Manhattan," "Monster-in-Law," "Anaconda," "The Cell" and "Antz." Her recent film "The Boy Next Door," which she starred in and produced, was her highest January-grossing film and second highest box office opening of her career. Lopez also starred alongside Rihanna and Jim Parsons in Fox and DreamWorks Animation's "Home," which opened at number one at the box office and featured Lopez's song "Feel the Light" on its soundtrack. Other film credits include "Shall We Dance?," "Enough," "Out of Sight," "Angel Eyes," "Parker," "An Unfinished Life," "Money Train," "Jack," "Lila & Eve," "Blood and Wine" and "El Cantante." In addition to continuing her role on "Shades of Blue," Lopez is set to star in a film about Griselda Blanco for HBO. Terence Winter will write the script.

Since Lopez's first album, "On the 6," debuted in 1999, she has been transforming the global music scene and has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. She has had 16 Top 10 hit songs and three No. 1 albums. Her music achievements include winning three AMAs, three ASCAP Pop Music Awards, eight Billboard Latin Music Awards and two VMAs and becoming the first woman to receive the lifetime achievement Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards for outstanding contribution to pop music. Lopez is also a two-time Grammy Award nominee. In 2014, she released her eighth studio album, A.K.A., which includes singles "I Luh Ya Papi," "First Love" and "Booty." Lopez continues to work on new music and in 2016 returned to her previous label, Epic Records, where she works with L.A. Reid. She will also release a new Spanish-language album with Sony Music Latin in 2017.

In 2001, Lopez made history by being the first female artist to have a number one movie and No. 1 album simultaneously. "The Wedding Planner" was the nation's top-grossing film, while her second album, J.Lo, was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.  

Lopez joined the cast of "American Idol" in 2010 and helped make it the most-watched U.S. television series for two years in a row. She won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Celebrity Judge for her work on "Idol," as well as a Teen Choice Award for Favorite TV Personality. She was also named World's Most Beautiful Woman by People Magazine in 2011. 

Lopez's career achievements continue to grow. In 2013, she received the honor of having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; won Favorite Actress and the World Icon Award at the Premios Juventud Awards; was honored at the amfAR Inspiration Gala; and received the March of Dimes' Grace Kelly Award for her charitable work. In 2014, she received GLAAD's Vanguard Award and was honored at Variety's Power of Women event for her philanthropic efforts. Previous awards include the Glamour Woman of the Year Award, ShoWest Female Star of the Year, multiple Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, multiple ALMA awards and a Women in Film Crystal Award. In 2012, Forbes Magazine named her the number one Most Powerful Celebrity in the world.

Nuyorican Productions is Lopez's motion picture and television production company, which has produced the box office hit "The Boy Next Door," "Dance Again" and "Neighborhood Sessions with Jennifer Lopez," in addition to "Shades of Blue." Nuyorican has branched into scripted and unscripted television, producing the critically acclaimed, groundbreaking hit ABC Family series "The Fosters," from creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg. In unscripted projects, Nuyorican's credits include the bilingual Latin America talent show "Q VIVA!" for both Fox and Univision, and "House of Joy" and "A Step Away" for the NUVO network, the English-language cable channel for which Lopez is chief creative officer. In early 2014, NuvoTV acquired Fuse TV, a channel dedicated largely to music, and features original series and specials, live concerts and blocks of music videos.

In 2002, Lopez joined forces with the international beauty company Coty to release Glow by J. Lo. The fragrance broke sales records and continues to be one of the most popular scents sold in the world today. Since that time, Lopez has released multiple fragrance lines, including Love & Glamour, Still, Live, Glowing and JLove. In 2015, Lopez's 22nd fragrance, JLuxe, was made available exclusively at Kohl's as part of the Jennifer Lopez Collection, an affordable line of fashionable clothing, home goods and accessories for the modern woman. 

In 2014, Lopez released an autobiographical novel, "True Love," which became an instant international best-seller, landing at number five on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list. The book, which was published in English and Spanish, also landed on the USA Today best-seller list, and "Amor Verdadero" was the number one Spanish-language nonfiction hardcover in the first week of release according to Bookscan. "True Love" is an intimate look at one of Lopez's most defining moments - a two-year period of great personal growth in the wake of her divorce as she created and set out on her first world tour. Like many other women balancing the demands of motherhood and career, Lopez found herself at a crossroads, determined to confront her greatest challenges and identify her biggest fears. The book is an honest and revealing personal diary with hard-won lessons, heartfelt recollections and an empowering story of self-reflection, rediscovery and resilience.

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