Jennifer Love Hewitt is the latest star to relate to Framing Britney Spears and reflected on the "incredibly inappropriate" and "gross" questions she was asked as a budding star in the ‘90s and ‘00s.
Like Spears, the 42-year-old got her start on Disney Channel and her body and relationships largely overshadowed her skills as an actress and singer. She particularly noticed the attention while doing press for her 2001 film, Heartbreakers.
"It’s interesting, I just watched the Britney Spears documentary, and there’s that whole section in there talking about her breasts," Hewitt told Vulture. "I mean, I was in barely any clothing the whole movie. For some reason, in my brain, I was able to just go: OK, well, I guess they wouldn’t be asking if it was inappropriate."
"I definitely look back on it and go, Ew. And it really started with I Know What You Did Last Summer, because that was the first time that I had worn a low top, and on Party of Five," she recalled from the perspective of a "42-year-old woman with a daughter."
Hewitt also recalled "purposely wearing a T-shirt that said 'silicone free' on it" at a press junket for I Know or I Still Know What You Did Last Summer in 1998 because she "was so annoyed" and "knew something about boobs" was going to be the first question out of reporters' mouths.
"I was really tired of that conversation. 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," she continued. "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.
"Now that I'm older, I think: Gosh, I wish that I had known how inappropriate that was so I could have defended myself somehow or just not answered those questions" she added. "I laughed it off a lot of the time, and I wish maybe I hadn't."
Hewitt's ex-boyfriend John Mayer’s song "Your Body Is a Wonderland" fueled the media's obsession with the brunette beauty's looks but both parties have denied that the song is about her.
"When I watched that Britney Spears documentary, it hurt my heart a little bit, because I remember in hindsight having that feeling. I’m really grateful that we’re in a time where, hopefully, that narrative is going to change for young girls who are coming up now, and they won’t have to have those conversations," she added.
Jessica Simpson, who also dated Mayer, said she didn’t watch the New York Times documentary because she "lived it" while Mara Wilson penned an op-ed where she said that anyone who grows up in the public eye will meet a "tragic end."