Jennifer Love Hewitt on Happy Endings & Being a Single Mom
Naturally, the show has prompted some controversy. Jennifer explained her position during a press conference call, saying that the issue is a realistic one given the state of the economy.
“There’s been a lot of trouble out there,” she says. “I read a stat maybe like a year and a half ago that more women than ever found themselves in these positions — mostly phone sex and things like that — to help pay bills.”
While the subject matter is racy, it’s not definitely not representative of the massage industry at large — which she acknowledges. “I think from the word go, it’s a television series, so I don’t think anybody that’s watching it or turning it on is expecting me to keep the logistics of giving a proper massage,” she says lightheartedly. “I get massages all the time. I think it’s important for people to understand, and they will when they see the series, that we also give legitimate massages at the spa, so it’s not all happy endings. There is a client list and those people and those people only get extras. The rest of the people are there for real massages, so we do represent both sides of them.”
Rather than focus on the sexual aspects of her character, her biggest challenge was learning how to be a single mom! “I know what people are talking about is this sort of happy ending aspect of the show and everything,” she explains. “For me, the part that I did more research on was being a single mom — playing a Texas woman in economic struggles, somebody who emotionally has to carry all of these secrets and all of this loneliness, and all of the stuff that she struggles with emotionally in the series.”
The hardest part of filming the series? “Not eating pasta because I’m in lingerie all the time! I miss pasta so much. Probably my biggest challenge is not eating all the food that I want to eat sometimes,” she says.
Even though she’s comfortable baring her body in those skimpy outfits, doing the series on a cable network with nudity was not something she’d consider, making Lifetime the perfect network to call home.
“I wouldn’t have done nudity,” she adds. “That’s not something that I feel particularly comfortable with. I also think that it’s sexier not to show everything. I feel that people’s imaginations can do way more.”
As for her own dating life, “The men in my life are our crew members and the actors that I work with like on the massage table,” she says. “They’re pretty happy about it because they’re usually getting massaged. My one male dog is very jealous, because I’m gone a lot with the hours.”
Lifetime’s The Client List premieres this Sunday, April 8 at 10/9c.