Entertainment Movies Ben Affleck Says He's in 'Awe' of Jennifer Lopez's 'Effect on the World' Ben Affleck praises how Jennifer Lopez has had a profound effect on women of color all over the world By Ale Russian Published on September 20, 2021 03:29 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Matt Baron/Shutterstock Ben Affleck knows how lucky he is to have Jennifer Lopez by his side. In a new profile of Lopez for AdWeek, Affleck sings the award-winning performer praises and explains exactly why he admires her for her "effect on the world." "All I can tell you is that I have seen firsthand the difference representation makes because I have seen, over and over and over and over, women of color approach Jennifer and tell her what her example as a strong woman and a woman succeeding and demanding her fair share in the business world means to them," Affleck said, something he saw first hand when he accompanied Lopez to the Bronx earlier this month where she lent her support to Latina-owned small businesses. For more on Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's romance and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. "I am in awe of what Jennifer's effect on the world is," he continued. "At most, as an artist, I can make movies that move people. Jennifer has inspired a massive group of people to feel they have a seat at the table in this country. That is an effect few people throughout history have had, one I will never know and one I can only stand by and admire with respect." Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez 'Are Like Two Kids in Love' as They Make Glam Red Carpet Return Pascal Le Segretain/Getty This isn't the first time Affleck, 49, has spoken about Lopez, 52, and the hardships she's faced as a Latina in show business. Back in January, before they rekindled their romance, Affleck opened up about the attention their earlier relationship received and how much of it was negative towards the actress and singer. "People were so f---- mean about her — sexist, racist. Ugly, vicious s--- was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now you would literally be fired for saying those things you said," Affleck said during the podcast Awards Chatter for The Hollywood Reporter. Ben Affleck Reflects on Jennifer Lopez Romance: 'People Were So F----- Mean, Sexist, Racist' "Now it's like, she's lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished — as well she f----- should be!" he added. "I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez's career and being who she is at 50 years old today." Lopez and Affleck first got engaged in 2002, postponed their 2003 wedding days before they were set to walk down the aisle, then officially split by January 2004. They rekindled their love earlier this year and have inseparable since, making their official red carpet debut at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.