If there's one lesson Jennifer Lopez
(and the rest of the free world) learned this year, it was this: What J.Lo wants, J.Lo gets. And Ben Affleck
wasn't the half of it. A woman on a mission, Lopez, 32, made fast work of an eclectic to-do list. Open a restaurant? Check. Star in two movies? Check. Release top-selling CD? Check. "Her brain is always working," says her record producer Cory Rooney. "I've never seen her sleeping." Probably because she doesn't want to wake from what may be the best dream of her life. "I'm scared it could go away any minute," the first Latina actress to earn $12 million per film said to Elle magazine. Even the collapse of her nine-month marriage to second husband dancer-choreographer Cris Judd in June didn't slow her. "It might look to the outside world that I've made mistakes," she told Harper's Bazaar, "but I don't regret anything." And then, four months after her separation, came Ben, bearing a Harry Winston 6.10-carat pink-solitaire diamond. Though her third betrothal in six years set off whispers of Liz Taylor syndrome, pals say this one's for real. "Either one of them would take a bullet for the other," says Kevin Smith, who directed the two in the romantic comedy Jersey Girl. Lopez didn't give the cynics a second thought. No time. When she wasn't shooting Gigli, Jersey Girl (both out next year) or this month's Maid in Manhattan, she was launching a perfume (Glow) and making videos, like "Jenny from the Block" (costarring Affleck) from her latest CD, This Is Me...Then. The title's hint of a metamorphosis isn't lost on Jenny, who says she'll remain true to her roots. "No matter where I am right now or where I live," she has said, "this is who I am, and this is who I'll always be."