Jennifer Love Hewitt is an actor, singer, producer, and director who began her career as a child in 1983. She is probably best known for starring in the 1997 horror film ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and its sequel, which was released a year later. It is estimated that Jennifer Love Hewitt’s net worth is $22 million, and here is how the actress accrued her wealth.
Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Early Life and Career Beginnings
Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, on February 21, 1979. After her parents divorced, she and her brother were raised by a single mother in Central Texas. She showed talent as an entertainer from an early age and performed for the first time in a livestock show at the age of just three. By the time she was nine, she was a member of the Texas Show Team, which toured the United States and the Soviet Union. After becoming the ‘Texas Our Little Miss Talent Winner’ talent scouts encouraged her mother to move the family to Los Angeles so that Hewitt could pursue careers in singing and acting. It led to her appearing in multiple television commercials before she landed her big break in the Disney Channel show ‘Kids Incorporated,’ says Biography.com. She also had roles in multiple other television series during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In turn, her television appearances led to Hewitt landing film roles. Some of her early roles included ‘Munchie,’ ‘Little Miss Millions,’ and ‘Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.’
Her Career in Film and Television
Jennifer Love Hewitt became a teen idol during the mid-to-late 1990s. She first rose to prominence when she played the role of Sarah Reeves Merrin in the Fox series’ Party of Five’ from 1995 to 1999. While appearing in this series, Hewitt also became a film star when she landed the role of Julie James in ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer.’ She reprised the role a year later for the horror film’s sequel. Other films in which she appeared during the late 1990s include ‘Can’t Hardly Wait,’ ‘Telling You,’ ‘The Suburbans,’ and ‘Time of Your Life.’ By 2000, Hewitt’s career had taken off. Between then and 2009, she appeared in films including ‘Heartbreakers,’ ‘The Tuxedo,’ ‘If Only,’ ‘Garfield: The Movie’ and its sequel, ‘The Truth About Love,’ ‘Shortcut to Happiness,’ ‘Tropic Thunder,’ and ‘Diego.’ She then played Claire in the 2011 film ‘Café,’ and her most recent film role was playing Alison Marks in the 2013 movie ‘Jewtopia.’ Hewitt also had voice roles in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame II,’ and ‘The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina.’ In 2005, Hewitt also returned to television when she landed the role of Melinda Gordon in ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ which was a role she played until 2010. Other series in which she has had main roles include ‘The Client List’ and ‘Criminal Minds.’ Currently, she plays Maddie Buckley Kendall in ‘9-1-1.’
Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Career Behind the Camera
Hewitt has also dabbled in producing and directing television series, television films, and theatrical films, and many of these are productions in which she also had acting roles. She was a producer for ‘Ghost Whisperer’ and also directed three episodes between 2009 and 2010. Hewitt also directed three episodes of the television series ‘The Client List,’ and was a producer for the series and the 2010 television film version of the series. Another television series she has produced is ‘Time of Your Life.’ Television films produced by Jennifer Love Hewitt include ‘The Audrey Hepburn Story’ and ‘The Lost Valentine.’ The theatrical films Hewitt has produced are ‘If Only’ and ‘Jewtopia.’
Hewitt’s Careers in Music and Writing
Although her work in the television and film industries has been the main focus of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s career, she has also ventured into other areas, including music and writing. Her career in music has involved Hewitt releasing four solo albums. The first of these was released solely in Japan in 1992 and was titled ‘Love Songs.’ Three years later, she released ‘Let’s Go Bang,’ followed by a self-titled album the following year. Hewitt’s most recent album was ‘BareNaked,’ which was released in 2002 and was the only one of her albums to chart in the United States. Hewitt’s first foray into writing came in the form of comic books. She came up with some ideas, then Scott Lobdell created ‘Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Music box.’ It was a five-issue anthology that was published between 2009 and 2010. In 2010, she wrote her own book ‘The Day I Shot Cupid.’ In the book, Hewitt talks about her personal experiences of dating and love. Her book was commercially successful and became a New York Times bestseller.
Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Net Worth
According to The Thing, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s net worth is $22 million. She has accrued her wealth due to a long career in film and television, which began when she was a child. Although she has predominantly made her money through her career as an actress, she has also made money through producing, directing, singing, and writing.
Her Personal Life
During the 1990s and 2000s, Jennifer Love Hewitt dated many high-profile men. These included Will Friedle, Joey Lawrence, Rich Cronin, Carson Daly, John Mayer, Patrick Wilson, and Jamie Kennedy. She then began dating actor Ross McCall in 2005, and they became engaged in 2007. However, the couple broke off their engagement a year later. Jennifer Love Hewitt has been married to actor Brian Hallisay since 2013. They had met while working together on the set of ‘The Client List.’ The couple’s daughter, Autumn James, was born the same year. In 2015, Hallisay and Hewitt welcomed their son, Atticus James, to the family.