Jennifer Love Hewitt is back on the small screen tonight, this time in a new Lifetime movie.
The Client List stars Jennifer as Samantha (Sam) Horton, a former Texas homecoming queen and physical therapist who loses her job. Her husband, played by Raising the Bar‘s Teddy Sears, is facing the same jobless dilemma and the two are close to losing the only home they have for themselves and their three children. When Sam knowingly takes a job within a prostitution ring, her monetary troubles fade away, but when her secret is discovered, everything else falls apart. The movie is inspired by a true story and co-stars Cybill Shepherd as Sam’s mother. Check out the trailer here.
I was fortunate to see an advanced copy of the movie, and it’s interesting to see how much this one person does for her family. You’ll love her and hate her, but I couldn’t stop watching to see what would happen next. I have to commend not only Jennifer Love Hewitt but also Teddy Sears on their performances. These are hard roles to play. Really, I just wanted to give Teddy Sears a hug the whole time, especially once he discovers the truth. I will contend that the end seemed a little…light…to me, but after that emotional roller coaster, I think the viewer needs it.
I was able to talk to the star herself in a recent conference call about the movie, and even she had a lot to say about how emotional the performance was. She had an interesting take on the character, basically wanting to make her as real and relatable as possible. It’s a little hard, what with the type of character she’s playing, but I think if you watch, you’ll understand.
Here are some highlights from the call:
On Sam: As Jennifer puts it, the character is “a lot of different parts of a lot of different women.” It’s easy to judge her, she said in the call, but she was a woman in a tough situation. She commended Sam’s strength, authenticity, and drive: “Role models are ones that do make mistakes and walk through it with integrity and grace.”
How she related to Sam: While she couldn’t relate to everything, Jennifer said that she related to Sam first by being that girl next door from Texas, but further, in her willingness of doing what she could for her family and her “gumption.”
On crying: “I tend to pick projects emotionally that I can relate to…this project in particular, I went on the journey with her. That’s all I really had to do.” Jennifer also noted the freedom of being able to be ugly when she cried, as opposed to Ghost Whisperer‘s Melinda, who often had to look beautiful, even through tears: “The worse [Sam] looked, the better the journey for the audience. It was very freeing.”
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