Jennifer Lopez, the executive producer of The Fosters, says she took on the show in memory of her gay aunt.

On the ABC Family drama, Lena (played by Sherri Saum) and Stef (Teri Polo) are two working moms coping with raising five children, including the recent addition of a wayward teenage girl.

“It's about two lesbians who are raising foster kids and some of their own kids,” Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show. “It's just a beautiful family drama about life and love.”

Lopez said she decided to take on the project in memory of her mother's sister who had passed away of cancer.

“She did have a tough time with growing up and being gay and stuff like that,” Lopez said. “I wanted to do it for her because I felt like, you know, she would be so proud of me, if I did this.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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