Jennifer Love Hewitt Opens Up About the “Gross Encounters” She Had As a Hollywood Teen

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We know Jennifer Love Hewitt as the lovely teen star in everything from Heartbreakers to I Know What You Did Last Summer to that one cameo she did in Boy Meets World. It’s hard not to love her—no pun intended.

However, it turns out that her stardom wasn’t all glitz and glamour. She recently came clean about several “gross things” she experienced during those years. Now that she’s older and has kids of her own, she wanted to make it clear what she would’ve done differently and spilled the details in an interview with Vulture.

In speaking about Heartbreakers, Hewitt stated, “Interviewers were asking what now would be incredibly inappropriate, gross things,” she said. “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. But now, as a 42-year-old woman with a daughter, I definitely look back on it and go, ‘Ew.’”

But that was just the start. Soon came all of the comments about her breasts, especially after I Know What You Did Last Summer came out. “At a press junket, 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,” she said .”I was really tired of that conversation.”

Looking back, it’s all too clear how much it hurt that her body was always the topic of conversation, as opposed to her acting talents. “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,” she explained. “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 takeaway she wants young women to understand? “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,’” she said. “I laughed it off a lot of the time, and I wish maybe I hadn’t.”

Hear more about the encounters she experienced as a teen in the video below, and you can read the rest of her interview here.

Did you have any idea Jennifer Love Hewitt was treated like this as a teen?