But growing up, Lopez’s artistic inclinations weren’t always rewarded. “I used to get in trouble in school for being too honest, but it was funny,” she says. To avoid backlash, she developed a creative filter, but it didn’t feel right to her. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve always kept that little girl who wanted to perform and make people happy. That’s really who I listen to as I go forward in my career,” she says.