Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as a Southern mom turned prostitute on Lifetime’s The Client List, hitting the small screen on July 19. The movie is based on the true story of Samantha Horton who turned to prostitution to get her family through the recession.
During a conference call with Celebrity Baby Scoop, Jennifer, 31, who is also the executive producer of the film talked about feeling empowered in this role and learning the rigors of pole dancing, the possibility of having babies one day, and how the media has speculated a baby bump for years.
CBS: Do you want babies one day?
JLH: “Oh, I would love to have babies! I’m obsessed with babies! My brother’s getting ready to have his first baby and I’m so excited. I can secretly pretend that it’s my baby [laughs]. I love it, I’m having the best time buying baby clothes and it’s made my want to have babies even worse. But I’d love to have them one day, for sure!”
CBS: Are you worried about being scrutinized by the media when you get pregnant one day?
JLH: “The paparazzi has been saying I’m pregnant for 4 years now and I have yet to pop out a baby [laughs]. They’ve kind of already done that with me so I feel that when the moment comes, they’ll say ‘we don’t care, you’ve been pregnant for 18 years already.’ If I have a big lunch, I’m pregnant! It’s kind of funny. I don’t really know if they’ll be all that interested in my being pregnant. If they are, I’ll do the best that I can and fight those demons when they get there.”
CBS: Why do you think the media focuses so much on pregnant celebrities?
JLH: “I think for the entertainment industry, we have to be realistic about the fact that a big part of the industry is eye candy and it does have to do with what people are seeing, what we’re wearing, and what we look like and if we’re in shape and how that is supposed to inspire somebody who is looking at that magazine to get into shape. I think that one part of it is that it’s just part of the business.
I think another part of it is that people like being mean for the sake of being mean. I’m not really sure why they do that other than the fact that the entertainment industry feels a lot like high school. You can’t really make sense of why people are mean in high school either, except it’s just humanity sometimes and the way it works. I don’t know if there’s a real reason for it, but I do think that part of it has to do with the fact that it’s part of the ‘entertainment machine’ I guess.”
On pole dancing:
JLH: “They teach you how to center in on your own sexuality, and what it’s like to be in a power position… I was so bruised and battered. It was really, really hard but so empowering. It makes you feel so strong. I have a pole in my house now and it’s a part of my workout regimen.”
On what she’s learned from being single:
JLH: “I’m learning better perspectives and balance in relationships. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned it is so much more important that you love yourself before you love someone else. Because two people who are really good at loving but don’t have a lot of center – it just doesn’t work. And you don’t choose the best people for you.”
Tune into The Client List, premiering on Monday, July 19 at 9PM ET/PT.