Hewitt was on the fast track to becoming an icon of her generation, leaving everyone wondering what the “It” girl would do next with her life. So, it begs the question: what happened to the bonafide star? Where is she now? Let’s take a deep dive into her rise to fame, her incredible success, and what she’s been up to lately.
Growing Up in Texas
Jennifer Love Hewitt's upbringing in a small town and her early passion for music laid the foundation for her successful career in the entertainment industry. She was born in Waco, Texas, to parents Patricia Mae and Herbert Daniel Hewitt. Her mother was a speech-language pathologist, while her father worked as a medical technician.
Despite having family in Arkansas, Hewitt spent most of her early years in the small town of Nolanville, Texas, where she was raised along with her older brother Todd by their mother after their parents’ divorce. She spent her early years pursuing her love for all things entertainment.
The Story Behind Her Name
Jennifer Love Hewitt's name almost wasn't Jennifer Love Hewitt. Her mother initially considered naming her "Love" before being convinced by family members to choose a different name. The nickname stuck, however, and Hewitt began experimenting with it when she entered the acting world. It wasn't until her first major film role in "Sister Act 2" that Hewitt's full name appeared in the credits.
And from that moment on, "Jennifer Love Hewitt" became the perfect moniker that would go on to become famous in her career. Unusual name notwithstanding, Hewitt's talent and charm would quickly make her a household name in Hollywood and the star of several successful films and TV shows.
A Second Origin Story
Hewitt's name is a unique blend of two different influences from two important people in her family's life. Her mother's college roommate made a lasting impression on her. When she had her first daughter, she chose to honor her friend's memory, and so Hewitt's middle name became "Love" — a symbol of her mother's enduring friendship.
On the other hand, Hewitt's older brother Todd played a role in naming her as well. Todd had a crush on a girl named Jennifer around the time his sister was born. He quickly suggested the name of his new baby sister. Thus, Jennifer Love Hewitt was born.
Early Musical Talent
At the tender age of three, she wowed audiences at a livestock show with her rendition of Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All." Even at that young age, it was clear that Hewitt had a special talent for singing that set her apart from others. The following year, at the age of four, Hewitt was already making waves in the local music scene.
She performed at a restaurant dance hall, where she sang Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and received a standing ovation. As she continued to grow and develop as a performer, Hewitt added tap dancing and ballet to her repertoire at the age of five.
Hewitt continued to hone her craft. Her passion for performing on stage led her to join the Texas Show Team at the young age of nine. This experience was priceless, allowing the young star to further develop her skills and share her talent with audiences beyond her hometown.
The fact that the team embarked on a tour of the Soviet Union is a testament to Hewitt's talent and the impact it had on the group's performances. This early exposure to music and dance, coupled with her god-gifted abilities, helped pave the way for her future success in the entertainment industry.
She Moves to Los Angeles
Hewitt’s talent and dedication soon caught the attention of scouts. After winning the title of "Texas Our Little Miss Talent Winner" at age ten, she began seriously considering a career in entertainment. Encouraged by her family and friends, Hewitt made the bold decision to move to Los Angeles with her mother to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress and musician.
This was a challenging time for the young star as she tried to adapt to a new city and navigate the competitive entertainment industry. Despite the obstacles, Hewitt remained determined to succeed and continued working tirelessly to perfect her skills.
The Hollywood Hustle
She wasted no time pursuing her career in Los Angeles. Hewitt quickly landed roles in over 20 television commercials, including some for Mattel toys. Her first major break came as a child actress on the Disney Channel's “Kids Incorporated” from 1989 to 1991.
As a member of the cast, she received three Young Artist Award nominations — a testament to her talent and a sign that she was destined for great things. During her time in Los Angeles, Hewitt attended Lincoln High School, where she met future talent scout Jonathan Neville. Neville immediately recognized Hewitt's potential and recommended her for her breakout role in the hit series “Party of Five” (1994).
She Had a Crush on Fred Savage
Fred Savage gained immense popularity in the late '80s and early '90s for his role as the lead in "The Wonder Years." At the same time, Hewitt was 14 and making a name for herself on Disney's "Kids Incorporated." The two young stars eventually crossed paths.
In an Instagram Live interview with TooFab, Hewitt reminisced about crushing on Savage. She revealed that for their first date, Savage took her to the Laugh Factory for a comedy show. Unfortunately, their love story was short-lived because of Hewitt's unusual pet: a pig. She said she never saw him again because he was really creeped out.
Her Brief Romance With Joey Lawrence
During the peak of her popularity, thanks to her role in the hit TV series "Party of Five," Hewitt briefly dated fellow actor Joey Lawrence. The two became an item for a few months but eventually went their separate ways. Their relationship was closely followed by fans and the media at the time, as both actors were considered rising stars in the entertainment industry.
While their romance may have been short-lived, it remains a notable moment in both of their careers. The specifics of their relationship remain private; their brief time together reflects the magnifying glass that celebrities' personal lives fall under.
She Dates Will Friedle
Hewitt moved on from her relationship with Joseph Lawrence and began dating yet another '90s heartthrob — Will Friedle. A publication reported that the two first met on the set of the teen romantic comedy "Trojan War," which was released in 1997.
Hewitt and Friedle also played each other's love interests in "Boy Meets World," which featured some passionate kissing scenes. It’s unclear why and when the two eventually went their separate ways. Young and fleeting love, most likely. The split seemed amicable, without any accompanying drama. Hewitt moved on soon after and started dating an iconic star from the 1990s.
Early Music Career
Hewitt started her music career as a backup singer in Martika's "Toy Soldiers"(1989). Her debut studio album, "Love Songs," was recorded with the help of Meldac when she was only 12 years old. The album was exclusively released in Japan, where Hewitt gained immense popularity and became a pop star.
According to Hewitt, the reason for her success in Japan was the Japanese love for perky music. Her next two albums, "Let's Go Bang" (1995) and "Jennifer Love Hewitt" (1996), were released by Atlantic Records. The albums failed to chart, and the label dropped her. Hewitt took a break from the music scene for three years before returning.
Her Career Takes Off Slowly but Surely
Jennifer Love Hewitt's rise to fame began in earnest with her first starring role in the movie "Little Miss Millions" (1993), playing the part of a wealthy nine-year-old who embarks on a journey to find her real mother. She also appeared as a choir member in “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” (1993).
But it wasn’t until her role as Pierce Brosnan's daughter in the NBC pilot “Running Wilde” that people started paying serious attention to her talent. Although the pilot never aired, she continued to pursue acting and landed roles in several short-lived television series, such as “Shaky Ground” (1993) on Fox, “The Byrds of Paradise” (1994) on ABC, and “McKenna” (1994).
The Role That Made Her a Star
Hewitt rose to great heights when she snagged the role of Sarah Reeves Merrin on the widely beloved Fox series, “Party of Five” (1995). Originally slated for just nine episodes in the show's second season, Hewitt's exceptional performance quickly won over both producers and fans alike, leading to her becoming a series regular and playing the character until the show's final season.
Co-creator Amy Lippman was effusive in her praise, highlighting Hewitt's unwavering professionalism and dedication to her craft. The actor spent all of her downtime on set immersed in her scripts. Hewitt's portrayal earned her nominations for a Kids' Choice Award, a Teen Choice Award, and a YoungStar Award, among others.
The “Final Girl” in a Cult Horror Film
Hewitt's ascent to Hollywood stardom truly took off following the release of the 1997 horror flick “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” She starred alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze, Jr., playing the role of Julie James, the quintessential final girl.
Her ability to project vulnerability was a major factor in her landing the part, as both the producers and creative team recognized the depth of emotion she could bring to the role. While the film itself garnered mixed reviews, Hewitt's performance was widely praised, with one critic singling her out for her ability to “scream with soul.”
Rising Teen Idol
With a budget of $17 million, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” proved to be a massive box-office hit, raking in an impressive $125 million the world over. Hewitt's performance as Julie James earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film — Leading Young Actress, as well as the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female Newcomer.
She would go on to reprise her role in the sequel, "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998), which, while not as successful as its predecessor, still managed to bring in significant money during its opening weekend.
BTS on "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar actually auditioned for each other's roles in the hit movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Gellar tried out for the part of Julie, while Hewitt auditioned for Helen's role. This piece of trivia is fascinating because it could have altered the movie's outcome.
Gellar's portrayal of the stylish and self-assured Helen has become iconic, and Hewitt's role as Julie is equally memorable. The idea of them switching parts is certainly intriguing and adds an element of excitement to the movie's behind-the-scenes history. One thing's guaranteed: this film would have been very different!
Horror Movies and Their Toll on Actors
Although horror movie fans know that what's happening on screen isn't real, the eerie scenes can be visceral, lingering in people's minds long after watching the film. Hewitt has admitted that she was genuinely frightened while filming and sometimes struggled to sleep.
The actor shared that there were days when she went home and relived some of the scenes from the movie. She knew she had to channel the fear and anxiety that Julie was experiencing to deliver a convincing performance. Easier said than done, even for the most seasoned actor. Hewitt shared how tough it was to stop the spooky scenes playing in her head.
She Finds a Mentor in Jamie Lee Curtis
According to sources, Jamie Lee Curtis made occasional visits to the sets of “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” where she and Hewitt would chat. Curtis was a mentor of sorts for Hewitt. It's heartening to think about this bond, considering the remarkable horror roles Curtis has portrayed over the years, such as Laurie Strode in “Halloween.”
Curtis’s impact on the genre is indisputable, especially for young actors like Hewitt, who were then starting their careers in slasher films. Having a mentor like Curtis would have been invaluable. The legendary actor offered guidance and friendly advice, drawing on her own experiences in the genre.
She Suffers Bruises on Set
Hewitt's commitment to her role in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was evident from the bruises she sustained during filming. The actor revealed in an interview that her bruises were the result of some intense scenes that required her to fall, chase and run during shooting.
Her dedication to creating a realistic and convincing performance shines through in the final product. Who among us wasn’t weirdy mesmerized by Julie's fear-driven attempts to escape the killer? The movie still has the power to send chills down the spine of audiences even today, thanks in large part to Hewitt's portrayal of Julie.
Hewitt has been widely regarded as an object of desire throughout her career, often portrayed as "the attractive girl next door" or "the MVP of Maxim" in the public eye. This narrative began to take shape around the time she turned 18 and starred in popular films like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997) and "Can't Hardly Wait" (1998), as well as her role in the television show "Party of Five."
These roles made her an icon, with young girls aspiring to be like her and boys plastering her posters on their walls. Her beauty propelled her to the top of Hollywood's "it girl" list. Even though she embraced the journey, Hewitt stated how uncomfortable she was with this newly-minted reputation.
She Never Considered Herself “Sexy”
Hewitt has openly acknowledged the power of the media in shaping her public persona, particularly when starting out in Hollywood as a young actor. She described how the narrative around her image seemed to take on a life of its own, often beyond her control, and how she found herself cast in a specific role as "the attractive girl next door.”
She admitted being surprised at suddenly having to become “that person.” Her remarks suggest a certain resignation. Interestingly, Hewitt said she never understood what it meant to be "sexy" before she was included on various lists that celebrated her physical appeal.
Her Relationship With Carson Daly
Hewitt and former MTV VJ Carson Daly were a couple that embodied the essence of the '90s. Their whirlwind romance began in 1997 after they had met for just a brief moment. However, their love story was short-lived, and the couple parted ways after a year of dating.
Despite appearing to be the perfect match, their breakup came as a surprise to many. Daly was blindsided too! He discovered the news about the breakup from Howard Stern, who announced it on his radio show, and Steve Kmetko, who reported it on E! News. Daly later admitted that he felt publicly humiliated.
Hewitt in Comedy Films
Hewitt's star power continued to rise with her role in the 1998 teen comedy, “Can't Hardly Wait,” where she played the role of Amanda Beckett, the quintessential high school prom queen and most popular girl in school. Critic James Berardinelli praised Hewitt's performance, noting that her likability made it hard not to root for her character.
The film itself went on to be a moderate commercial success, grossing $25.6 million at the North American domestic box office. In the same year, Hewitt also starred in the teen comedy “Telling You,” where she portrayed an overly sweet ex-girlfriend to a college student.
An Actor Turned Producer
In 1999, Hewitt took on the role of a record company executive in the independent comedy film, “The Suburbans.” That same year, she starred in and produced “Time of Your Life,” a spin-off of “Party of Five” that followed her character's journey to New York City in search of her biological parents.
Despite Hewitt's immense popularity at the time, the show struggled to attract viewers and was canceled after only half a season had aired. While the series may not have had the longevity that Hewitt and her fans had hoped for, her performance was still widely praised by critics.
Her First Charting Single
In 1999, Hewitt made her mark on the music scene with her hit single "How Do I Deal," which was featured on the soundtrack of the film "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer." Fans couldn’t get enough.
The song quickly climbed the charts, reaching No. 59 on the Hot 100 and No. 36 on the Top 40 Mainstream and becoming her first charting single. It also gained popularity in Australia, where it reached an impressive No. 8 on the charts. Hewitt also recorded a cover of the iconic Gloria Gaynor song "I Will Survive," which featured briefly in the film.
Falling for the Girl on TV
In 1999, Hewitt made a special appearance in the music video for "Girl on TV" by LFO. Interestingly, the song was written by LFO band member Rich Cronin for Hewitt while they were dating. Cronin and Hewitt had met backstage at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards and hit it off.
She was reportedly a big fan of LFO's music, and Cronin was taken with her charm and beauty. Afterward, Hewitt requested Cronin to write a song for her, and he obliged by crafting "Girl on TV." However, despite the romantic gesture, the relationship didn't last, and Hewitt ended things with Cronin the following year.
The Story Behind “Girl on TV”
Rich Cronin revealed the story behind the LFO song “Girl on TV,” stating that when he first met Hewitt, he had been infatuated for years and felt starstruck by her presence. However, he worried that dating a movie star meant that he would never be able to live a normal life.
Their romance took a turn for the worse when Cronin claimed that Hewitt had been seeing someone else. Despite their tumultuous relationship, the song "Girl on TV" remains a popular hit among LFO fans and serves as a reminder of the fleeting nature of celebrity romances. Cronin passed away from leukemia in 2010 at the young age of 36.
Mixed Reviews for Her Role as Audrey Hepburn
Hewitt took on the challenging role of Audrey Hepburn in the 2000 biographical drama television film, “The Audrey Hepburn Story,” for which she also served as an executive producer. The director of the film, Steven Robman, had previously worked with Hewitt on “Party of Five” and recommended her for the role.
The three-hour production aired on ABC on March 27, 2000, and received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised Hewitt's performance and commended her for taking on such a challenging role. Other reviews weren’t as kind, attacking Hewitt for lacking the physical grace that Hepburn was known for. Was she brave or naïve in choosing to play an iconic Hollywood star? The jury is out on that one.
She Is Reduced to a Skin Display
Hewitt co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in the 2001 romantic comedy “Heartbreakers,” portraying a mother-daughter duo who cons wealthy men out of their money. The film earned a moderate global gross of $57.7 million. Several film critics (mostly men) reduced her to an object of fantasy, commenting on Hewitt's prominent display of skin throughout the film.
In addition to these objectifying reviews, some critics also had issues with Hewitt's character. BBC.com, for example, felt that she lacked the necessary duplicity to be convincing as a confrontational character. She was too agreeable, they said. Hewitt's performance in the film received praise from some critics, who believed she and Weaver played well off of each other.
She Sustains an Injury While Filming
During the filming of the hit comedy "Heartbreakers," Hewitt, who played Sigourney Weaver's daughter, unfortunately, suffered an injury. Hewitt broke her finger while shooting the unforgettable "flopper dive" scene — an injury that caused quite the commotion on set.
Despite the mishap, the film went on to be a box-office success, earning impressive profits and making all of the hard work worth it. Hewitt’s commitment to her craft, despite everything, speaks to her professionalism and work ethic. Her character in the movie may have found unexpected love, but Hewitt's real-life love story with the film was the success it achieved.
A Sensational Music Video Appearance
Although Hewitt's career began in 1995, it was her appearance in Enrique Iglesias’s steamy "Hero" video that had fans buzzing. The 2021 video depicted Hewitt as the love interest of the handsome singer. Not only did the song become an instant hit, but the chemistry and romance between the two stars were undeniable.
The video was simply the cherry on the cake. Hewitt's appearance in the video helped to solidify her status as a desirable star and catapulted her to even greater levels of fame. As for her rumored relationship with Iglesias, it’s unclear if they were ever romantically involved off-screen.
Working With Jackie Chan
Hewitt starred alongside Jackie Chan in the action comedy "The Tuxedo" (2002) as a genius scientist eager to take part in fieldwork. The reviews didn’t mince words. One critic even called her character “repellent.” He had expected going into the film that she would be a fun sidekick to Chan’s character. Instead, audiences got someone who was a high-strung “shrew” (misogynistic much?).
Others criticized her for not being a strong enough female character, reducing her to a "damsel in distress" stereotype. Hewitt remained proud of her performance and the opportunity to work alongside a legend like Jackie Chan. The movie grossed an impressive $104.4 million globally despite what critics had to say.
The Release of “BareNaked”
In 2002, Hewitt joined forces with producer Meredith Brooks and signed with Jive Records to record her fourth studio album, “BareNaked.” The album's title track, "BareNaked," became her most successful radio hit to date, reaching No. 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, No. 31 on the Adult Top 40, and No. 25 on the Top 40 Mainstream.
The song was personal, describing her return to the music industry after facing setbacks in the early '90s. Hewitt wrote the lyrics on every track in the album, while the music was composed by Brooks, known for her hit "B*tch" in 1997. “BareNaked” climbed to No. 6 in Australia and held that position for two weeks, and in the Netherlands, where it reached No. 33.
A Milestone in Her Music Career
Despite the moderate success of the single, the album only peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200 chart and remained on the chart for just three weeks. The album's second single, "Can I Go Now," failed to make a mark in the US charts but performed well in Australia, where it reached No. 12, and in the Netherlands, where it peaked at No. 8.
Despite its mixed commercial success, "BareNaked" remains an important milestone in Jennifer Love Hewitt's discography and has received positive reviews for its pop and acoustic sound. “BareNaked” was later featured in two episodes of the TV series “Ghost Whisperer.”
From Live-Action Roles to Animated Films
Apart from her on-screen roles, Hewitt expanded her repertoire by lending her voice to two direct-to-DVD animated films in 2002: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame II” and “The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina.”
In 2004, Hewitt had three other notable roles: she played a musician in the romantic fantasy drama “If Only,” portrayed the love interest of Ebenezer Scrooge in the television film “A Christmas Carol,” and played Dr. Liz Wilson in the live-action comedy “Garfield.” The latter film, based on the popular comic strip, grossed an impressive $200 million globally, making it Hewitt's most financially successful film to date.
She Deals With a Stalker
During the 2002 Grammy Awards, Diana Napolis, a former social worker with a history of promoting conspiracy theories, caused a disturbance when she verbally confronted Hewitt. She also attempted to enter the premiere of “The Tuxedo” the next day, posing as a friend of Hewitt. Napolis was subsequently arrested and charged with stalking and uttering death threats against Hewitt and Steven Spielberg, who was also involved in the film.
These charges resulted in six felony charges against Napolis. After a year of involuntary commitment, Napolis pleaded guilty to the charges and was released on probation. As part of her probation, she was prohibited from having any contact with both Spielberg and Hewitt.
A Supernatural Hit in “Ghost Whisperer”
Hewitt made a return to television from 2005 to 2010. She played the lead character Melinda Gordon in the CBS series “Ghost Whisperer.” The show ran for five seasons and a total of 107 episodes, with Hewitt also serving as a producer and directing three episodes.
Despite initial skepticism about the show, it became a hit with audiences, earning Hewitt two Saturn Awards for Best Television Actress. While some critics like David Bianculli of "New York Daily News" felt that Hewitt's comedic talents were underutilized in "Ghost Whisperer," the show's success proved that audiences loved her in the dramatic role.
The Séance That Changed Her Career
Hewitt's transition from movies to television began in earnest after her pivotal role on the hit series “Ghost Whisperer” for several years. Interestingly, Hewitt's conviction that this role would change her life stemmed from a unique experience at a séance in a Hollywood nightclub. During the séance, Hewitt's connection with "the spirits" led her to believe that her future was about to change.
And, as fate would have it, shortly after this experience, she was offered the lead role in “Ghost Whisperer.” Hewitt's portrayal of a woman who communicates with the dead was widely praised by audiences. The pivotal role also gave her room to explore her passion for the supernatural.
Spooky Happenings on the Set of “Ghost Whisperer"
Although the TV show "Ghost Whisperer" may have featured fictional spirits, the actors and production crew had some hair-raising experiences — to the point where everyone was convinced the set was haunted. Even Hewitt had her fair share of eerie encounters while filming.
In an interview, she shared some spine-chilling examples, including a picture of her makeup artist with a strange white film over her face that vanished moments later. She shared numerous other instances, such as lights exploding on set. Hewitt even claimed that ghosts had appeared around her during filming, adding that she found it all quite thrilling.
She Continues to Shine in Diverse Roles
In 2005, Hewitt appeared in two projects showcasing her range as an actress. In the romantic comedy "The Truth About Love," she played a happily married English woman. She was drawn to the character since it was a departure from some of her previous roles.
Later that year, she starred in the television film "Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber," in which she portrayed a 28-year-old advertising executive who is more concerned with being a well-known socialite than being a good person. These roles allowed Hewitt to showcase her versatility and further demonstrated her ability to play both comedic and dramatic characters.
Film Career in the Mid-2000s
Hewitt returned to the big screen in 2006, reprising her role as Dr. Liz Wilson in “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.” While the film didn't quite match the success of its predecessor, it still managed to rack up a strong box office gross. Hewitt's next film release was the comedy “Shortcut to Happiness,” in which she portrayed The Devil alongside Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin.
The film, which was filmed in New York City in early 2001, became an unexpected asset in a federal bank fraud trial when an investor was convicted of bank fraud while the film was still in production. After changing hands a few times, the film was ultimately released in 2007.
A Beauty Icon
Over the years, Hewitt has caught the attention of various magazines, earning spots in their lists of the world's most beautiful women. Maxim magazine included her in their Hot 100 Women rankings, with spots ranging from 6th to 35th in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014, respectively.
She graced the covers of Maxim's November 1999 and May 2009 issues as the "number one reader choice." These rankings are a testament to Hewitt’s popularity, especially among men, who form the majority of Maxim's readership. In 2008, "TV Guide" named Hewitt the sexiest woman on television, solidifying her position as a beauty icon.
Her Successful Career in Fashion and Advertising
Jennifer Love Hewitt has been featured on the covers of several popular magazines, including Seventeen, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, GQ, CosmoGirl, Shape, Health, Maxim, FHM, Vanidades, and Jane. She has also been the face of various brands in print advertisements and commercials, such as Victoria Golf, Mrs. Smith, Colonial's Iron Kids Bread, Levi's, Barbie, LA Gear, Chex, Proactiv, Hanes, Neutrogena, Nokia, Jansport, and America's Dairy Producers.
Her versatility and charm have made her a sought-after figure in the world of fashion and advertising. Whether she is gracing the pages of a magazine or promoting a brand, there’s no denying her star power.
The Time She Allegedly Dated John Mayer
John Mayer has gained a reputation as someone who kisses and tells all in public. He has been linked to several famous women, including Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Love Hewitt. In 2006, Mayer took a departure from music and ventured into stand-up comedy, using his personal life as material for his routine.
During one performance, he made jokes about not being able to be intimate with Hewitt, which drew criticism from some fans and the media. However, Mayer later expressed regret for his comments in an interview with "Us Weekly." He acknowledged that his words were hurtful and disrespectful, calling himself a "wimp."
John Mayer’s Muse?
Around this time, rumor had it that Hewitt was the muse for John Mayer's hit song "Your Body Is a Wonderland." Fans went into a tizzy. They combed the song’s lyrics and scoured articles about the two stars, hoping to find some clues. However, when asked about it in an interview, Hewitt responded with a witty remark, stating that her body was more like a pawnshop than a wonderland.
She went on to describe her body as a collection of interesting things – possibly unappealing at first glance but potentially intriguing to anyone who stuck around. Despite the salacious gossip and rumors, Hewitt had a sense of humor about the situation throughout.
Did She Date Wilmer Valderrama?
In 2006, Wilmer Valderrama, known for his role as Fez on "That '70s Show," made some explicit and vulgar comments about his supposed ex-lovers during an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show." He boasted about being intimate with Hewitt and even rated her an eight out of ten. Valderrama didn't stop there and went on to provide graphic details about their alleged relationship.
Despite Valderrama's claims, Hewitt denied ever being involved with him. She found the rumors amusing and sarcastically remarked that she would have loved to have been present for these supposedly steamy encounters. The jury’s still out on this one, and fans may never know what really happened.
Rumored Relationship With Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin has had quite a romantic history. Before his high-profile marriage to Hilaria Baldwin, there were rumors that he had a fling with Jennifer Love Hewitt, who was in her early 20s at the time, while Baldwin was almost twenty years her senior.
The pair starred together in the film "Shortcut to Happiness" in 2007, where Hewitt played a seductive version of the Devil. However, it seems their rumored romance may have occurred long before they worked together on set. When asked about the rumors, Hewitt laughed them off as “ridiculous.” Whether or not they were ever an item remains a mystery.
Almost a Charmed Life
“Charmed,” the popular series that followed the lives of three sister witches portrayed by Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, and Holly Marie Combs, almost had a different leading lady. Jennifer Love Hewitt was offered a role to replace Doherty but ultimately declined the opportunity.
Understandably, fans of the show had grown attached to Doherty's character, making it challenging for Hewitt to win over the audience in a role that wasn't originally hers. Hewitt didn't end up joining the "Charmed" cast, but her career continued to flourish in other ways. Still, it’s fun to think about what "Charmed" might have been like with Hewitt in the mix!
She and Ross McCall Get Engaged
In 2007, Jennifer Love Hewitt announced her engagement to Ross McCall, her co-star on the TV show "Ghost Whisperer." Hewitt couldn't contain her excitement about her impending nuptials and eagerly shared details about her engagement on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
During a guest appearance, Hewitt proudly displayed the stunning diamond engagement ring that had been in McCall's family for over a century. Hewitt also made teasing references to McCall's Scottish heritage and his attempts to incorporate bagpipers into their wedding plans. However, she drew the line at the traditional kilt or her future husband going commando on their wedding day.
They Call Off the Engagement
Hewitt may have been thrilled about their relationship, but sadly, the couple's romance came to an end before they could take the next step. According to sources, they parted ways during the holidays that year and called off their engagement. Both stars seemingly had a rough time dealing with the split, and even their friends were caught off guard because they appeared so content together.
Their loved ones were ultimately supportive of the decision and focused on what was best for the former couple. Although it was undoubtedly a difficult time for the two, they found solace in knowing that their friends and family supported their decision.
"Delgo" — A Spectacular Box Office Failure
In 2008, Hewitt lent her voice to the animated film “Delgo,” reuniting with former co-star Freddie Prinze Jr. However, the movie was a commercial disaster, earning a mere $694,782 in North America and becoming one of the biggest box office bombs in history. The film was widely criticized for its unoriginal plot, bland animation, and poor character development.
The box office failure was so staggering that it became a cautionary tale in the film industry for how not to make an animated feature. The production company, Fathom Studios, filed for bankruptcy shortly after the film's release. Fans still maintain that Hollywood began systematically shunning Hewitt after the disaster that was “Delgo.”
From Actor to Comic Book Creator
In November 2009, the actor decided to dabble in the world of comic books. She teamed up with writer Scott Lobdell, who has worked on various well-known comic book series such as "X-Men" and "Generation X," to create a five-issue anthology titled "Jennifer Love Hewitt's Music Box."
The series, published by IDW Publishing, featured stories based on Hewitt's own ideas and concepts. The anthology explored themes such as love, heartbreak, and the power of music to heal and connect people. With Lobdell's expert storytelling skills and Hewitt's creative input, the series proved to be a hit with comic book fans.
A Successful Foray Into Comics
"Jennifer Love Hewitt's Music Box" was well-received by both critics and readers. Due to the success of the individual issues, the series was later compiled into a trade paperback, making it even more accessible to readers who wanted to enjoy the entire anthology in one convenient volume.
"Jennifer Love Hewitt's Music Box" became a stellar example of how talented collaboration across genres can lead to unique and compelling storytelling, even in a medium as diverse as comics. For Hewitt, it was a huge leap and a testament to her versatility. If she could successfully navigate the world of comics, there was nothing the star couldn’t do!
She Begins Dating Jamie Kennedy
In 2009, Hewitt surprised everyone when she began dating her friend and co-star from "Ghost Whisperer," Jamie Kennedy, shortly after ending her relationship with Ross McCall. Despite being friends with Kennedy during her engagement to McCall, Hewitt claims that there was no overlap between the two relationships and that her friendship with Kennedy had been a long-standing one.
During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Hewitt explained that she and Kennedy had been close for a long time. Their romantic relationship was a new experience for her, but she said she was loving it. After a year of dating, the two decided to go their separate ways.
Why “Ghost Whisperer” Was Cancelled
Although “Ghost Whisperer” had enjoyed considerable success, the show was unexpectedly canceled in 2010. Hewitt revealed in an interview that the primary reasons for this decision were budget cuts and a rapidly declining viewership. In fact, as early as 2009, the actor revealed that the crew was already dealing with significant budget cuts.
Given that the series relied heavily on special effects, some of these had to be significant. The actors struggled to receive salary increases for season five. Additionally, budgets had to be trimmed here and there, and there were even discussions about shooting the show in high definition to reduce costs.
She Wasn’t a Fan of How “Ghost Whisperer” Ended
Hewitt wasn't completely satisfied with the way “Ghost Whisperer” came to an end. According to her, the hit TV show's writers didn't tie up loose ends properly, leaving the series finale feeling incomplete. Hewitt was disappointed with the lack of closure and felt that the show's loyal fans deserved a better farewell.
The film’s narrative itself centered around unfinished business, and so she believed that it was essential to give viewers a proper goodbye. Hewitt believed that when a show has taken people on a journey for so long, the least it can do is give them some sort of closure.
She Did Not See It Coming
Fans were disappointed when “Ghost Whisperer” was canceled, but many people don’t know that the star of the show was just as taken aback by the decision! Hewitt said she was surprised when she learned that the show was being canceled. Despite knowing that the show was nearing its end, she did not expect the cancellation to be so sudden.
In an interview, she expressed her shock and said that she had anticipated the next season to be the last, given that the show had been running for a long time. She acknowledged the challenge of keeping the audience engaged with fresh content but never thought that the show's seventh season would be the final one.
Hewitt's Many Contributions to “Ghost Whisperer”
Hewitt's involvement in “Ghost Whisperer” extended far beyond just being the lead actor of the show. She served as a producer for the first four seasons of the show and was promoted to executive producer for the fifth season. Additionally, Hewitt directed three episodes of the series, including the explosive 100th episode.
Her directorial debut received praise for complexity and emotional depth. By the time "Ghost Whisperer" debuted on CBS in 2005, Hewitt had already been in the entertainment industry for over a decade. She brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the show, not only as the lead actress but also as a producer.
A New Man in Her Life
Even as Hewitt’s break up with Jamie Kennedy continued making headlines, the press went into a tizzy when they spotted her with Alex Beh — an actor and producer known for keeping a low profile. The couple went public with their relationship in November 2010.
During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in January 2011, Hewitt revealed that they had been dating for seven months. The two appeared to be deeply in love at the 2011 Golden Globes. Hewitt said she loved his sense of humor. He was incredibly down to earth, and Hewitt said that falling in love with him was effortless.
The Pressures of Dating a Celebrity
Hewitt may have been excited to bring her new man to the Golden Globes, but Beh wasn’t as comfortable or familiar with the paparazzi as his famous girlfriend. Said girlfriend seemed oblivious as she continued talking to Ellen DeGeneres about how he had never experienced anything like the Globes before, being from Chicago.
Perhaps she could have taken a cue from a song an ex-boyfriend had written for her ages ago. Hewitt's excitement about their romance was short-lived. She and Beh called it quits less than a year later. The details of their breakup remain private, but fans speculate that it must have had something to do with dating a “Girl on TV.”
Hewitt Bounces Back
In 2010, Hewitt showcased her acting versatility in two very different projects. She starred as a barista in the indie drama “Café, “which showcased her acting skills and ability to play a good-hearted character. She also took on a more challenging role as a struggling streetwalker in “The Client List.” Despite some mixed reviews, critics praised Hewitt's ability to portray the character with depth and sincerity.
Her role earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film, solidifying her status as a respected performer in the industry. It was a much-needed win for her after “Delgo” and it established Hewitt as a performer capable of tackling complex and challenging roles.
She Writes a Book
In 2010, Jennifer Love Hewitt authored a book called “The Day I Shot Cupid,” which delved into her personal experiences with love and dating. During a January 2010 interview on Lopez Tonight to promote the book, she revealed a chapter that discussed a beauty trend called "vajazzling,” or adorning a woman's pubic area with crystals or rhinestones.
The internet went wild, and the video of the interview went viral. The term "vajazzling" quickly became one of the most searched terms on Google the next day, and news outlets covered the story extensively. As a result, Hewitt has been credited with popularizing this trend.
Her Relationship With Jarod Einsohn
Hewitt wasted no time moving on from her former flame, Alex Beh. The press spotted her in the company of actor Jarod Einsohn in Los Angeles during the summer of 2011. The couple made their first public appearance together at the "Like Crazy" premiere that October.
Things seemed to be going well for the pair. They celebrated Einsohn's 28th birthday at a prominent Las Vegas restaurant, complete with a fancy cake. However, the relationship soon hit a rocky patch, and it became apparent that Hewitt had not yet found her perfect match. She and Einsohn eventually went their separate ways.
A Messy Breakup
News reports began spilling the tea on the breakup, and it became increasingly shady. Einsohn's breakup with Hewitt was reportedly less than ideal, with him ending things via text message! The situation then escalated when sources close to Einsohn spoke out to the media, dishing out some juicy details about Hewitt.
One insider claimed that she couldn’t keep a boyfriend due to her overbearing nature and tendency to become a diva if things don't go her way. Despite these claims, Hewitt has remained silent on the matter, indicating that she prefers not to engage in this kind of media drama.
Hewitt Divided Critics in "The Lost Valentine"
In the Hallmark Hall of Fame film, “The Lost Valentine” (2011), Hewitt played alongside Betty White. The film follows a journalist named Susan (Hewitt) who is assigned to interview Caroline (White), a woman who lost her husband in World War II and has been sending him a Valentine's Day letter every year since.
“The Lost Valentine” managed to draw in an impressive 14.53 million viewers, making it the most-watched Hallmark movie in four years and winning its time slot. While critics unanimously praised White’s performance, they didn’t feel the same way about Hewitt. Reviewers thought her performance was average and noted her lack of depth and range.
They Want Range? Let's Give Them Range
In 2012, Jennifer Love Hewitt continued to build on her acting resume with two significant roles. In the independent comedy "Jewtopia," she played the love interest of a non-Jewish man posing as Jewish. Hewitt starred alongside Ivan Sergei and Joel David Moore, and her performance was well-received by audiences and critics alike.
Hewitt also portrayed an alluring masseuse in the television series "The Client List," which was based on a 2010 TV movie of the same name. The show ran for two seasons and saw Hewitt taking on a new character in a slightly different storyline than the one in the film.
Hewitt in “The Client List” and a Rumored Romance
The television series "The Client List" marked Hewitt's return to the spotlight after a few years away from the screen. The show premiered in 2012, and almost immediately, rumors began to circulate about a possible romance between Hewitt and her co-star, Colin Egglesfield.
According to an anonymous source, the two were very close at an event, with Egglesfield even wrapping his arm around Hewitt's waist and getting cozy. However, it's unclear whether this display of affection was anything more than just playful and affectionate behavior. Fans may sadly never know since neither actor has confirmed or denied any romantic involvement.
The Press's Theory About Hewitt and Egglesfield
Things allegedly turned sour for the rumored couple while filming when Hewitt started getting close to her other co-star, Brian Hallisay. In 2013, reports about tensions between the two actors made the rounds.
Some alleged that Hewitt requested replacing Egglesfield with Hallisay as the male lead on the show. Interestingly, Hewitt and Hallisay met in 2011 on the set of an unaired TV show called "Love Bites," and something about that meeting must have stuck. Their initial attraction reportedly grew into something more on the sets of "The Client List." The two eventually fell in love and became a couple.
Ben Flajnik Turned Down a Date With Hewitt
Ben Flajnik, star of "The Bachelor," reportedly turned down a date with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, which some may find surprising. Despite a “lackluster” meeting at his winery, Flajnik claimed he opted not to pursue a romantic relationship with the Hollywood celebrity.
According to him, it was during a period when he was deciding whether or not to take on the role of "The Bachelor," and he didn't want to end up with a high-profile partner. Flajnik apparently felt that pursuing a romantic relationship was not in his best interest at the time. Hewitt, however, remained a "nice girl" in his eyes.
Hewitt’s Side of the Story
Hewitt had a different version of events, however. During an appearance on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, she shed light on why she initially reached out to Flajnik. The actor said she was searching for a pop culture topic to tweet about, and before she knew it, things spiraled out of control.
She playfully quipped that she was unattached and completely so! When asked about the rumors regarding a possible kiss between her and her date, she replied that it was just that – rumors. They met, but it wasn’t planned and was completely coincidental. Did Flajnik lie about the whole thing? Hewitt’s playful demeanor during the interview suggested there were no hard feelings.
Other Musical Endeavors
Hewitt's presence in the music industry has been relatively low since 2004, but she did drop a couple of compilation albums - "Cool with You: The Platinum Collection" (2006) in Asia and “Hey Everybody” (2007) in Brazil. Fast forward to 2013, she made a comeback of sorts by recording a cover of "I'm a Woman" as part of promoting the second season of “The Client List.”
The accompanying music video for the song was a hit, managing to snag a spot in the top ten of the iTunes Music Video charts. Since then, Hewitt's musical output has been limited, with her focusing primarily on her acting career. Still, her brief foray back into music in 2013 was a nostalgic trip for her fans.
Hewitt Finds Lasting Love With Brian Hallisay
In an interview with E!, Hewitt shared that she married Hallisay in November 2013 when she was nine months pregnant. She jokingly shared how she wore the only thing that fit her at the time. Any ideas of a dream bridal gown had gone out the window!
Hewitt spoke highly of Hallisay's parenting skills, stating that he is very hands-on and that they share parenting responsibilities equally. The couple has been blessed with three children, a daughter named Autumn and two sons named Atticus and Aidan. Fans were delighted that Hewitt had finally found love after having experienced a rocky dating history.
She Takes a Break From Social Media
Social media can be a challenging space for public figures, especially when it comes to dealing with toxicity, gossip, and online harassment. Hewitt discovered this first-hand when she received a barrage of hate tweets and even death threats from online trolls. Sounds harsh!
In response, Hewitt made the decision to temporarily delete her Twitter account in 2013 to prioritize her mental health. The star eventually returned to social media, recognizing that it is a powerful tool to connect with fans and promote her work. She is once again an active presence online, sharing her thoughts and experiences with her followers.
She Stars in “Criminal Minds”
From 2014 to 2015, Jennifer Love Hewitt portrayed Kate Callahan, an undercover agent who joins the BAU, in the tenth season of “Criminal Minds.” She made regular appearances in the series but decided to leave the show at the end of the season due to her pregnancy.
After “Criminal Minds,” Hewitt decided to take a break from her career for three years to focus on her family life. Hewitt reflected on her decision to take a break from her career in an interview. The actor said she gave herself a pep talk, reminding herself why she needed the break and how it was the right thing to do for her family.
Hewitt in “9-11”
In 2018, Hewitt portrayed the character of Maddie Buckley on the Fox police procedural “9-1-1.” Maddie was an ER nurse who works as a 9-1-1 operator after leaving a toxic relationship. Hewitt said she loved the character for her combination of toughness and empathy.
Maddie appears composed while answering calls, but once she hangs up, she fully engages with the pain and anguish of the callers. Her performance was praised by fans and critics. She became a regular cast member in the show's second season. Her role in "9-1-1" marked a successful return to the industry after taking a break to prioritize her family.
Balancing a Career and Motherhood
Hewitt as Maddie Buckley was a fan favorite in “9-1-1,” and viewers missed her in season five when she left Los Angeles. She took a break from the show, which took place around the same time her character on the show had a baby. The star revealed that she was coincidentally expecting her third child in May 2021.
The writers incorporated Maddie's pregnancy into the storyline without knowing that Hewitt was also expecting. She hadn't revealed her pregnancy publicly when the show was being filmed. Hewitt has always been open about the challenges of balancing motherhood and work. She expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the show and praised her co-stars for their support and friendship.
On Becoming a Parent
Hewitt has shared how becoming a parent has changed her perspective on love. In an interview, she explained that love was once something she only experienced in movies. After having children, Hewitt says love has taken on a new meaning. It has opened her up in ways she never thought possible, making her feel more vulnerable than ever before.
She credits finding her true soulmate, her husband Brian Hallisay, with finally understanding what it means to experience true love. She said she had finally realized that love involves selflessness, sacrifice, and an unwavering commitment to the people we care about the most.
Her Surprising Family Connections
Many fans have no idea that Jennifer Love Hewitt has some pretty famous relatives. While she may be the most well-known in her immediate family, she actually has famous kin that many people are unaware of.
One of her most notable relatives is the legendary singer Patsy Cline, who happens to be Hewitt's grandmother's cousin. But it doesn't stop there — Hewitt can also trace her family tree back to more distant connections, including President Harry Truman and outlaw Jesse James from the 1800s. Despite her stellar family connection, Hewitt has managed to carve out her own path and legacy.
She Joins Cameo
In 2019, Hewitt started a project that made her more accessible to fans. She joined Cameo, a popular website that allowed fans to pay for a personalized video clip from their favorite celebrities, such as a greeting, message for a loved one, or answering questions.
Upon joining Cameo, Hewitt's videos were featured prominently on the site's homepage, indicating her success on the platform. Her page on the site was filled with many videos of her offering kind words to her fans. Despite being later in her career, Hewitt became a top draw on Cameo, with her heartfelt messages resonating with her fans.
She Can’t Drive a Manual Car
Here is an interesting tidbit about Hewitt's everyday life that might surprise even the most dedicated fans. Despite killing it in her career and life overall, she's not quite comfortable with driving a car that has a manual transmission.
In an interview, Hewitt confessed that she never learned the skill and finds it challenging. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can certainly be a hindrance when it comes to driving scenes in films and TV shows. Still, she’s not the only celebrity who doesn't know how to drive. We can cut her some slack since she’s winning at life overall.