In the 1990s and early 2000s, Jennifer Love Hewitt was one of the top actresses in Hollywood. Having begun her career as a kid, the actress landed her breakthrough role in 1995 when she began to play the character of Sarah Reeves Merrin in the classic teen drama series, Party of Five. She then went on to star in many box office hit movies, notably the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) which brought her worldwide fame. Her acting ability earned her numerous accolades, including two Saturn Awards, two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, one Young Artist Award, and a People’s Choice Award among others.
At the peak of her career, Hewitt, who also tried her hand at singing, was not only landing roles in blockbuster movies but also featuring in many magazines. Some of the high-profile magazines she graced the cover of include Seventeen, Rolling Stone, and CosmoGirl.
In 2010, Hewitt further showcased her multifaceted nature by penning a New York Times Best Selling book titled The Day I Shot Cupid. The actress who has served as a producer on some of the projects she has appeared in, has however in recent years been getting less screen time. Find out what has caused this new low in her career and what she spends most of her time doing.
How Jennifer Love Hewitt Became a Favorite in Hollywood
Born in Waco, Texas on February 21, 1979, Jennifer Love Hewitt was originally drawn to music. She had her first performance as a singer at a livestock show where she performed “The Greatest Love of All’ at just the age of three. In the following years, the young girl continued to perfect her voice as she added tap dancing and ballet to her portfolio.
Hewitt would later be named Texas Our Little Miss Talent at the age of ten before she moved to Los Angeles, California with her mother in the hopes of launching an entertainment career. Before being able to land any roles, she had to make do with appearing in commercials. She featured in more than twenty television commercials before landing her first acting role in Disney’s Kids Incorporated.
In the early 1990s, Jennifer Love Hewit began to catch the attention of many filmmakers and thus featured in a wide range of films and TV series. Some of the projects she appeared in include Munchie (1992) where she made her feature film debut, Shaky Ground (1992–1993), Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), The Byrds of Paradise (1994), and McKenna (1994–1995).
In 1995, the talented actress rose to prominence after landing the role of Sarah Reeves Merrin in the Fox teen drama, Party of Five. While still appearing in the aforementioned series, Hewitt became the toast of Hollywood after she excellently portrayed the character of Julie James in the box office hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) which grossed $125 million worldwide. In the following year, she reprised her role of Julie in the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, which did great but not as good as the first one.
In 2004, Jennifer Love Hewitt appeared in her highest-grossing film to date, Garfield: The Movie, which made over $200 million. She has since appeared in the sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) which grossed $141.7 million. Other commercially successful movies and hit series she has appeared in include Heartbreakers (2001), Tuxedo (2002) alongside Jackie Chan, Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010), and The Client List (2010).
Why Has Her Acting Career Taken a Downturn?
It’s quite obvious that the former child actress has experienced a downturn in her career in recent times as she no more lands as many roles as she used to. This has been the case since 2008 when she appeared in the animated film Delgo which became one of the lowest-grossing wide releases in history; losing an estimated $46 million.
Since then, Jennifer Love Hewitt, who is reported to have a diva-like attitude and is very hard to work with, has barely featured in any significant project although there are one or two exceptions where she was outstanding. In 2012, her role in the romantic comedy Jewtopia was met with heavy backlash from critics and fans alike.
In 2014, Hewitt joined the cast of Criminal Minds for its 10th season. Fans of the Police Procedural Crime drama series, however, did not embrace the actress on the show as they wrote a petition to CBS requesting for her immediate removal. The actress later left the show at the end of the season although it was on her own accord. She did so in order to have ample time to nurture her baby.
In 2016, the actress was named Hollywood’s worst-reviewed actress, after sixteen of her movies were deemed “Rotten” following their critical reviews on the review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes.
What We Know About Her Husband and Kids
Jennifer Love Hewitt was once engaged to her Ghost Whisperer co-star, Ross McCall after the pair dated for a while. The actress, however, called off the engagement in late 2008. Four years later, she kicked off a romantic affair with her The Client List co-star, Brian Hallisay.
A Washington DC native, Brian Hallisay is best known for his role as Will Davis in the TV series Privileged. His other acting credits include Revenge, American Sniper, Cold Case, CSI: NY, Bones, Ringer, Mistresses, NCIS, and Suits.
It was announced in 2013 that Brian and Jennifer had gotten engaged and were further expecting their first child together. The couple went on to solemnize their union in a secret ceremony held on November 21, 2013. Five days after the wedding, the two welcomed a baby girl named Autumn James Hallisay in Los Angeles California. Two years later in June 2015, Hewitt gave birth to the couple’s second child, a son christened Atticus James Hallisay.