Jennifer Lopez takes being “neighbourly” to a whole other level in her new thriller, The Boy Next Door, and talks about why you’ll love it.

In the film, Lopez stars as Claire Peterson, a high school literature teacher struggling to get back in the dating game after separating from her cheating husband of 18 years, Garrett (JOHN CORBETT).

As their teenage son, Kevin, deals with being bullied by his schoolmates, it’s as if Claire’s prayers are answered when a handsome and charismatic 19-year-old named Noah (RYAN GUZMAN of Step Up series, TV’s Pretty Little Liars) befriends him after moving in next door to care for his sick uncle—following the tragic deaths of both his mother and father.

Though he becomes friendly with Kevin, Noah’s attraction to Claire at first sight is more than palpable. Feeling dejected, she finds herself in the comforting arms of Noah. Although she knows it’s wrong, she falls into a moment of weakness, and sleeps with him.

The next morning, Claire wakes up to the cold reality of her perilous error. Hurrying to leave, she apologizes profusely to Noah for her egregious lapse in judgment, but his once charming and flirtatious demeanor turns quickly into a dangerous, violent obsession.

As for the role of Claire, Lopez was drawn to the character’s authenticity. “I felt that Claire’s vulnerability to her situation and circumstances makes her human,” Lopez said of her character. “When her husband cheats on her with another woman, she feels unworthy, undesirable, dismissed. Her attraction to Noah stems from his coming in at this time and making her finally feel attractive and wanted.”

For more, watch the interview below:

The Boy Next Door opens January 23 and stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth and John Corbett.

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