Jennifer Love Hewitt has recalled being asked “gross” questions about her body while promoting 2001 movie “Heartbreakers.”
The actress said watching the recent documentary Framing Britney Spears brought back a lot of memories about what she went through while Britney was also at the height of her fame and under intense media scrutiny.
“It’s interesting, 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,” she said in an interview with Vulture.
“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.'”
The 42-year-old star began to be questioned about her appearance after the release of I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997, recalling it was the first time she had worn a “low top” for an acting role. Jennifer soon grew tired of the focus on her body and felt frustrated it was overshadowing her performances.
“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,” she recalled.
“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.
“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.”
Jennifer now wishes she had known the questions were inappropriate so she could have refused to answer them or “defended” herself.
She also admitted watching the Britney Spears doc “hurt my heart” because it made her remember how it felt to be a young successful female in the industry at that time.
– Cover Media