Jennifer Love Hewitt has had her imprint in almost any aspect of the entertainment business. She has tried acting, singing, songwriting, producing, directing, and everything in between. Jennifer Love Hewitt began as one of the stars of the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer. Since then, she has conquered almost every entertainment obstacle. Yet, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s weight gain remains a stain.
Recently, fans around the world have begun asking questions about what is up with Jennifer and her weight gain. Nowadays, the devoted mom seems to have put her body and fit further down the list of priorities.
If you ask her greatest fans, Jennifer can do no wrong. Yet, her weight gain has attracted a fair share of criticism and mockery. Let’s take a look at it.
Get To Know Jennifer
First, we have to talk about Jennifer. Born in February 1979 in Waco, Texas, she is an American actress, singer, and producer. Primarily, though, Jennifer is known as an actress. Her parents were Patricia Mae, a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. Jennifer also has an older brother named Todd Hewitt.
As a young girl, she was interested in the entertainment business. And that prompted her to think about an acting career early on. She began by appearing in commercials and television shows.
Her family noticed her interest and dedication, so they moved to Los Angeles when Jennifer was 10 years old. They encouraged her and supported her to advance her acting career.
Initially, she attended Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, but dropped out and completed her education through homeschooling.
In 1992, she landed her first major role, appearing in the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. From there on, she went on to star in the television series Party of Five from 1995 to 1999. In that TV show, she portrayed Sarah Reeves Merrin. That portrayal earned her a Golden Globe nomination, rocketing her into stardom.
In the 1990s, she appeared in a couple of movies, including the iconic I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
During the 1990s, she also began her music career. It is amazing that she managed to focus on both singing and acting in the period, despite being only a young girl. She released four studio albums so far, including Love Songs in 1992, Let’s Go Bang in 1995, Jennifer Lowe Hewitt in 1996, and Barenaked in 2002.
Recently, though, American actress Jennifer Lowe Hewitt has focused more on television work. From 2005 to 2010 she starred in the CBS TV series Ghost Whisperer. And then, from 2018 to 2020, she played the lead role in the FOX television series 9-1-1.
When Did The Weight Gain Rumors Begin?
Fans of the 9-1-1 show continue to discuss Jennifer’s body image despite the fact that the actress has long left the series.
They are constantly asking questions about her image. In fact, even Jennifer has mentioned that one of the reasons she took a break from acting was the media’s obsession with her body. That constant influx of questions made her feel uncomfortable.
To be fair, her body has captivated everyone for a long time. She had a cute and adorable body and never struggled with weight gain or obesity.
In 2007, images of Jennifer were published in newspapers all over the world. It seemed like she gained visible weight gain.
At the time, she stated that the weight was not a major concern for her. When she was on her vacation in Hawaii, fans and media trolled her for the heavy bunch she ate while there.
But Jennifer has never gained weight due to eating or something similar. The only time she gained weight in a larger amount was when she was pregnant with her baby girl, Autumn James Hallisay.
Responding To Criticism
Speaking about weight gain and the criticism that has followed, Jennifer says she has a different view on the matter. And once she changed her perspective, she stopped being obsessed with the problem.
She says, “I never look at the scale. I have no idea how much I weigh – I never pay attention to that stuff. I go sort of on how I feel in my clothes… If I feel good in them, then I’m happy and it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks”.
Jennifer is also one of the people that doesn’t support the obsession with oversize zero figures. She said, “A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn’t make you beautiful”.
Gaining Weight Due To Pregnancy
Jennifer Love Hewitt’s weight gain was actually due to a natural phenomenon. Women do get bigger and gain weight when they are pregnant, right? It happens in more than 90% of pregnancies around the world
Jennifer met Brian Hallisay in the 2010s, and they tied the knot in 2013. In the same year, they got their first child, Autumn James Hallisay. Jennifer put on some weight during her pregnancy, and in Hollywood, it is not an issue.
Yet, she struggled more compared to other women who have tried to shed their baby weight. The media criticized Jennifer for a while because she had a large body long after her childbirth.
But Jennifer said that losing weight was not her greatest priority after having children. Instead, she was focused on nursing and motherhood, not on counting calories.
She says that the most important thing is Autumn getting food. Jennifer wanted to lose weight on her own terms.
The American actress admits that there is nothing bad about having a fit and healthy body, but it is not always a priority for women and mothers. And fat shaming is never okay.
How Did She Get Back Into Shape?
Jennifer has managed to shed weight and get back into shape. And she looks healthy. Scroll through her posts on social media and you will notice she looks happy and healthy.
We have to admit, Jennifer is a unique celebrity. In 2008, when she wanted to get back in shape, she hired Stevie Sant’Angelo, a personal trainer. With his help, she managed to shed 14 pounds in just 10 weeks.
Not The Star She Once Was
The reality is that Jennifer is no longer the star she once was. Her popularity has faded in recent years. She even took a three-year gap from acting.
But there is nothing wrong with getting away from the media spotlight for a while. In a 2021 interview, she said that one of the reasons she took a break was the media’s obsession with her body and people constantly asking questions about it.
The reality she is no longer a hot commodity in Hollywood. There is a fresh crop of actresses that are more popular and in touch with current trends.
But Jennifer enjoyed her time in the spotlight. And she made the best out of it. As of September 2023, Jennifer has a net worth of more than $25 million. It is all thanks to her work in the entertainment industry.