He­witt, boom or bust

Jen­nifer Love He­witt wants us to fo­cus on her act­ing and not just her cleav­age, writes Dar­ren Devlyn

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IT SHOULD have been the hap­pi­est time of Jen­nifer Love He­witt’s life. An en­gage­ment ring sparkling on her fin­ger, He­witt and ac­tor fi­ance Ross McCall were im­mersed in the laid-back life­style of Maui’s Grand Wailea Re­sort.

This ro­man­tic per­fec­tion was shat­tered, how­ever, when He­witt dis­cov­ered a pho­tog­ra­pher had taken snaps of her as she emerged from the turquoise wa­ters lap­ping the shore of the Pa­cific is­land.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the pic­tures in a mag­a­zine was the head­line ‘‘We Know What You Ate This Sum­mer’’.

He­witt, star of Ghost Whis­perer, was so mor­ti­fied by the at­tack she re­sponded with this state­ment: ‘‘ What I should be do­ing is cel­e­brat­ing some of the best days of my life and my en­gage­ment to the man of my dreams . . . I know what I look like and so do my friends and fam­ily. And like all women out there should, I love my body. To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini. Put it on and stay strong.’’

When she ar­rives on the Los An­ge­les set of Ghost Whis­perer for an in­ter­view He­witt is, in a sense, out and proud.

You be­gin to won­der if there’s a para­medic nearby be­cause men, and even a few women, are gasp­ing un­con­trol­lably at the sight of her notin­signif­i­cant cleav­age.

Asked if she’s happy for Ghost Whis­perer to trade on her sex ap­peal He­witt, 29, ex­plains the im­por­tance of hav­ing a sense of oc­ca­sion when it comes to wardrobe.

She also says it’s crit­i­cal to re­mem­ber that though the show has proved pop­u­lar with males aged 18-34, it also ap­peals to fam­i­lies.

He­witt, who once joked, ‘‘I just ac­cepted them (breasts) as a great ac­ces­sory to ev­ery out­fit’’, ex­plains: ‘‘We (He­witt and Ghost Whis­perer pro­duc­ers) all sat down and made a con­scious ef­fort that this sea­son is not go­ing to be so much about cleav­age as it has been in the other two sea­sons.

‘‘For me, it (show­ing off her body) is fine and I get it. But I’ve been work­ing re­ally hard try­ing to be a good ac­tress on the show. So you know what? I would re­ally rather take some of that stuff (re­veal­ing out­fits) away and see if I can still en­ter­tain peo­ple as much without it be­ing about boobs. I wanted to give that a try for a while be­cause that might be good for my con­fi­dence. And so far it’s been OK.

‘‘I think peo­ple still en­joy the show. There’s just less of that (boobs). It’s still on the show, but it’s at more ap­pro­pri­ate times. Like when he (screen hus­band played by David Con­rad) and I are go­ing to bed and I’m no longer around chil­dren and talk­ing to them with, like boobs up to here (He­witt cups her hands and holds them to her chin), which was in­ap­pro­pri­ate. So we calmed it all down a bit.’’

He­witt is adamant she’s no calo­rie counter. And though she tries to take good care of her skin, she’s no good at com­mit­ting to phys­i­cal train­ing in or­der to stay in shape.

Her self-es­teem was boosted when she dis­cov­ered yoga.

‘‘I’m not good at go­ing and spending time in a gym work­ing on what I look like,’’ she says.

‘‘I have a re­ally hard time with that. I think it’s be­cause most of my day here is spent with a cam­era in my face, so the last thing I want to do when I get off work is go con­cen­trate on what I look like.

‘‘In fact, I run from mir­rors in my house. The great thing about yoga is it’s all about an in­ner beauty and not re­ally about de­vel­op­ing a per­fect body or a per­fect shape or a per­fect weight.’’

HE­WITT, as with her Ghost Whis­perer char­ac­ter Melinda Gor­don — a woman who helps the dead de­liver mes­sages to liv­ing loved ones — has a staunch be­lief in the su­per­nat­u­ral.

In re­search­ing her role, He­witt sat with medium James Van Praagh, a pro­ducer on the show who helps its writ­ers con­struct plot­lines. It’s un­der­stood Van Praagh helped He­witt make con­tact with a friend, Alan, who died when He­witt was 12.

‘‘I’m a be­liever,’’ He­witt says of the spir­i­tual world.

‘‘I’ve had a cou­ple (of ex­pe­ri­ences) that have made me be­lieve.

‘‘I’m sort of a con­trol freak and for me death is a con­cept that’s al­ways been very dif­fi­cult. Now I’m like, ‘wait a minute, I go on (in the spirit world)’. If there re­ally is a dif­fer­ent ad­ven­ture af­ter­wards, then that is a lovely thought.’’ Ghost Whis­perer, M Chan­nel 7, Tues­day, 9.30pm Su­per­nat­u­ral drama Du­ra­tion: 1 hour

Trea­sure chest:

Jen­nifer Love He­witt (above) and (left) one of the pho­tos taken in Maui that sparked the ac­tor’s ire.

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