Jennifer Love Hewitt Forced To Fend Off ‘Gross’ Media Questions About Her Breasts As A Teenage Actor – Jennifer Love Hewitt is looking back at the “incredibly inappropriate” media attention she received surrounding her body in the early ’00s.
Jennifer Love Hewitt Forced To Fend Off ‘Gross’ Media Questions About Her Breasts As A Teenage Actor:
Jennifer Love Hewitt has reflected on the “incredibly inappropriate” media attention she received surrounding her body when she was a teenager.
The actor recalled how she was treated in a new interview about Heartbreakers, the 2001 romantic comedy crime movie about a mother-daughter team (Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver) who swindle wealthy men out of their money.
“It’s interesting,” she told Vulture. “I just watched the Britney Spears documentary and there’s that whole section in there, talking about her breasts. At the time that I was going through it, and interviewers were asking what now would be incredibly inappropriate, gross things, it didn’t feel that way.
“I mean, I was in barely any clothing the whole movie [Heartbreakers]. For some reason, in my brain, I was able to just go, ‘Okay, well, I guess they wouldn’t be asking if it was inappropriate.’”
She said the unwanted attention began after she starred in 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer when she was 18, “because that was the first time that I had worn a low top”.
“It really started with I Know What You Did Last Summer, because that was the first time that I had worn a low top, and on Party of Five, my body was very covered,” she shared. “At a press junket for I Know or I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, I remember purposely wearing a T-shirt that said “Silicone Free” on it because I was so annoyed, and I knew something about boobs was gonna be the first question out of [reporters’] mouths. I was really tired of that conversation.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt Recalls ‘Incredibly Inappropriate’ Interview Questions After ‘Heartbreakers’:
And the conversation only continued with Heartbreakers.
“With Heartbreakers, that was a big part of it. I was disappointed that it was all about body stuff, because I had really worked hard in that movie to do a good job as an actress,” Hewitt admitted. “So I remember one specific moment wishing that the acting had overshadowed all that — that for five minutes, they had said I was really great in the movie versus made a body comment.”
The 42-year-old, who is a mother to a young daughter, wishes she hadn’t laughed off some of those inappropriate questions at the time.
“Now that I’m older, I think, ‘Gosh, I wish that I had known how inappropriate that was so I could have defended myself somehow or just not answered those questions.’ I laughed it off a lot of the time, and I wish maybe I hadn’t,” she said.
Hewitt hopes that this time of reckoning will prevent young actresses from having to engage in those kinds of conversations.
“When I watched that Britney Spears documentary, it hurt my heart a little bit, because I remember in hindsight having that feeling. I’m really grateful that we’re in a time where, hopefully, that narrative is going to change for young girls who are coming up now, and they won’t have to have those conversations,” she shared.