SANTA MONICA, California – Here’s a shocker. Bronx-born Jennifer Lopez proved to be a key inspiration to the very British comedy “Fleabag.” 

“Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge made the surprise admission after winning best actress in a comedy TV series at Sunday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards. The British actress explained that she decided the pivotal sexy priest character, played by Andrew Scott, would have a peculiar favorite song: Lopez’s “Jenny from the Block.”

The song proved to be wildly freeing on a creative level.

“It opened the entire character for me,” Waller-Bridge told the crowd from the podium. “So thank you, J.Lo.”

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag in Amazon’s “Fleabag.” (Photo: Amazon)

“Fleabag” was the big TV winner of the night, taking best comedy series, best actress and best supporting actor for Scott.

Backstage, Scott joked, “J.Lo inspires all my characters.”

Scott said he “always” knew about the odd relationship between his character and Lopez. “We needed to have something idiosyncratic, something you wouldn’t associate with a priest, for what a priest listens to,” he said.

As for further collaborations with Waller-Bridge, Scott told USA TODAY that there are plans. He’s just not saying what.

“We’re working on something now. We’ll make it spicy,” he said.

Carly Mallenbaum contributing

Scott said he had never spoken to Lopez about the association, and the “Hustlers” star might not even know now: Lopez, who had been nominated for best supporting actress for “Hustlers,” had already left the Critics’ Choice Awards by the time Waller-Bridge took the stage.

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