Jennifer Love Hewitt on 'Client List': there's a lot of sexy in this show
Jennifer Love Hewitt said she is excited for fans to see the television series adaptation of her hit Lifetime movie, "The Client List," and that the new show contains "a lot of sexy."
"It's been really awesome. I'm super excited for Sunday," Hewitt told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of "The Client List." "I'm a little nervous but I'm excited and I just can't wait for people to see it and I just hope they love it as much as we do... There's a lot of sexy in this show, that's for sure. There is a little something for everyone."
In the "Client List" film, which aired on the cable network in 2010, Hewitt played a struggling Texas housewife who turns into a prostitute after she starts working at a massage parlor that secretly operates as a brothel and caters to powerful businessmen. The show earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
The 33-year-old actress is hoping that the positive reception for the TV movie continues with the series and spoke highly of the Lifetime network for their encouragement.
"They're really jumping into very unapologetic, provocative television with this show," Hewitt said of the network. "I think they're ready, I think I'm ready and hopefully, America's ready."
One of the positive things for Hewitt about the role was that she got to return to her Texas roots and use her real Southern accent.
"I'm from Texas, so I get to use my real accent again, finally, which is really nice," Hewitt said. "I'm sort of playing an homage to my mom, who is a very feisty, wonderful, single Texas mom. So my part is dedicated to her and it's great."
Speaking of her mom, her feisty on-screen mother is portrayed by TV veteran Cybill Shepherd ("Moonlighting," "Cybill"), who sung her co-star's praises.
"Jennifer and I are both from Texas. Jennifer has the best essence of a Texas woman," Shepherd told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "She has incredible strength, she also has incredible beauty and she's very smart and she's going to really do what she has to do and do it smart. Her character is a lot like that and my character is a whole lot like that too. I love her and it's like a key relationship. We're partners - mother-daughter partners."
Lifetime announced in August that a new series based on its movie was in the works and sees Hewitt playing a single mother who helps run the business, adding that she would also serve as an executive producer. The actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com that she will also get to direct the season finale.
Hewitt made her directorial debut in 2009, when she helmed several episodes of her previous series, the drama "Ghost Whisperer."
Hewitt told OnTheRedCarpet.com that she found her role in "the Client Life" movie to be empowering because her character becomes the family's breadwinner.
Hewitt rose to fame playing Sarah Reeves on the family drama series "Party of Five" in the 1990s. She later starred in a spin-off, "Time of Your Life" and also appeared in movies such as "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and a sequel, Can't Hardly Wait" and "Heartbreakers." She played main character Melinda Gordon "Ghost Whisperer," which ran on CBS between 2005 and 2010.
During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week, the actress joked that she would be willing to go on a date with the newly-single "The Voice" judge and Maroon Five front Man Adam Levine, who split up with model Anne Vyalitsyna.
"The Client List" premieres on Lifetime on Sunday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET. Watch two promo videos below.
Hewitt has been romantically linked to comedian Jamie Kennedy, actor/director Alex Beh and made headlines last year after going on a date with "The Bachelor" star Ben Flajnik.
Reporting by Tony Cabrera, special correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).