Jennifer Love Hewitt Recalls 'Gross' Questions Asked About Her Body

Jennifer Love Hewitt is looking back at the “incredibly inappropriate” media attention she received surrounding her body in the early ’00s. In a new interview with Vulture, the 9-1-1 star opens up about filming Heartbreakers and the “gross” questions she was asked by interviewers around that time.

“It’s interesting, I just watched the Britney Spears documentary [Framing Britney Spears], 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,” Hewitt revealed. “I mean, I was in barely any clothing the whole movie. 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.'”

Hewitt told the magazine that she started getting asked questions about her body following the release of I Know What You Did Last Summer, saying that it was the first time she had worn a “low top” on screen. 

“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.”

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.

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