Jennifer Love Hewitt explains how past acting roles led her to be sexualized in Hollywood from a young age.
The 42-year-old actress and mother of two returned to her early showbiz career in honor of the recent 20th anniversary of “Heartbreakers,” in which she played Page Conners, a young woman who acted as crook with his mother. Max Conners (Sigourney Weaver) to seduce and steal from rich men.
The part involved Hewitt in racy scenes, which she now says helped her body make more headlines at the time than her actual actor. While pondering some eyebrow-raising questions she was frequently asked early in her career, Hewitt sympathized with Britney Spears, whose past was highlighted in the recent “Framing Britney Spears” documentary.
“It’s interesting, I just watched the Britney Spears documentary, and there’s this whole section in there that talks about her breasts. As I walked through it, and interviewers were asking me what would now be incredibly inappropriate, disgusting things, it didn’t. I mean, I hardly wore any clothes the whole movie, “Hewitt reminded Vulture of her role in ‘Heartbreakers’. “For some reason in my brain I was able to just go, okay, well, I guess they wouldn’t ask if that was inappropriate.
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Hewitt recalls having to prepare for past interviews in which his body was almost immediately lifted.
“The conversation for a very long time in my career has always been about [my body] first – then, “Oh yeah, you were really great in the movie too” later. I did not understand. This is exactly what I looked like and I was doing my job, ”she said. [prepare myself], like, I know I’m doing an interview today, so I’m pretty sure at least 20 of the 40 minutes will be for boobs and body stuff, so we’re just going to eliminate that and then maybe they will ask me something else. ”
The “Ghost Whisperer” alum admitted that listening to the documentary about Spears’ life reminded her of some of her own problems working in Hollywood from a young age.
“When I watched this Britney Spears documentary, it made me feel a little sick because I remember feeling that way in hindsight. I am truly grateful that we are in a time when hopefully this narrative will change for young people. girls who come in now, and they won’t have to have these conversations, ”she said.
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Hewitt went on to say that she now looks at some of those past interviews with disgust.
“I definitely look back and go, Ew,” she confessed. “And it really started with ‘I know what you did last summer’, because that was my first time wearing a stocking, and on ‘Party of Five’ my body was very covered. I know or “I still know what you did last summer,” I remember deliberately wearing a t-shirt that had “Silicone Free” written on it because I was so bored, and I knew something on the breasts was going to be the first question. [reporters’] bouches. »
Hewitt said she was “really tired of this conversation,” noting that “Heartbreakers” was “a big part of it. Now, as a mother of two, she wants to do more to defend herself.
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“I was disappointed that it was all about the body, because I had worked really hard in this movie to do a good job as an actress. So I remember one specific moment wishing the game had overshadowed it all – that for five minutes they said I was really great in the movie rather than making a body comment. Now that I’m older I think, my God, I wish I knew how inappropriate this was so that I could have defended myself somehow I laughed most of the time. time, and I wish I hadn’t. ”
Hewitt’s comments about her body join a growing list of female celebrities who have recently spoken about hypersexualization in the media. Most recently, Natalie Portman revealed how one of her first acting roles – in the 1996 film “Beautiful Girls” – caused her to protect herself from letting others objectify her.
“Being sexualized, I think, took me away from my own sexuality because it scared me,” the actress told hosts Dax Shepard and Monica Padman of the “Armchair Expert” podcast.
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Meanwhile, other stars like Jessica Simpson, Courtney Stodden and Kim Kardashian have reacted to Britney Spears’ doc, revealing they can empathize with the struggling star.