Jennifer Love Hewitt Likens Hooker Role to Casting Couch

by | July 18, 2010 at 9:07 PM | Ghost Whisperer, Interviews, Matt's TV News, TV News

Jennifer Love Hewitt in 'The Client List' (Lifetime)

Jennifer Love Hewitt in 'The Client List' (Lifetime)

In the Lifetime original movie ‘The Client List‘ (premiering Monday at 9/8c), Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Samantha Horton, a wife, mom and former Texas homecoming queen who, when her husband (Teddy Sears, ‘Raising The Bar’) loses his job, turns her skill as a physical therapist into a job at a massage parlor.

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Although Sam gets by “OK” with her modest new gig, she soon realizes that were she to cross some lines and give her clients a little something extra, she could really bring home the bacon.

To Hewitt, Samantha’s begrudging decision to prostitute herself echoed the situation many a young actress faces as she labors to stand out from the crowd by lying down on the proverbial Hollywood casting couch.

“I absolutely think there’s a parallel to what Sam does and what happens sometimes in Hollywood. One-hundred percent,” TV’s former ‘Ghost Whisperer’ tells Fancast. “[As an actress] you’re offered millions of things, places you can go and things you can do – if you’re willing – that will move you up the ladder faster and ‘get you in the bigger movie.’”

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Of course some aspiring starlets take that bait – with thoroughly mixed results. Others meanwhile resolve to let their talent speak for itself and hope – hope – that they will in turn get their due.

“The ultimate decisions you make in Hollywood are really and truly about your character,” says Hewitt, “and what you’re made of.”

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And what is ‘The Client List’s Samantha Horton made of? Let’s just say that her “premium” massage parlor services wind up bringing about worlds of pain that no amount of kneading or pounding can soothe.

“What’s intriguing about this story is that even though you’ll want to judge her, you’ll also admire her for her strengths and authenticity and her drive to take care of her family,” Hewitt believes. “Sometimes I feel like the best role models are the people who actually do make mistakes, because they show you how to overcome them with integrity and grace.”