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Interview: Jennifer Love Hewitt for "Garfield"

By Paul Fischer Tuesday June 8th 2004 07:09PM
Jennifer Love Hewitt for "Garfield"

Jennifer Love Hewitt was in a playful mood while promoting the part live action, part CGI comedy Garfield, in which she plays a love-struck veterinarian. No stretch for the beautiful starlet, who, like her character in the film, has been known to be the one asking the nervous guy out on a date. "I, in the process of dating, probably do more of the asking out than getting asked, because guys do not ask anymore, which is a horrible thing, she says laughingly.

Looking at Hewitt, both and off the screen, one would imagine that it is hard to believe that she, of all people, would have problems in the dating arena, but even the young and beautiful people tend to be perpetually single. "I've literally, in my entire life had two guys come up to me and ask me out. Other than that I have had to go and try to spend time with them, or sort of start the conversation. So I've literally, in my entire life, had two guys come up to me and ask me out. Other than that I have had to go and try to like spend time with them, or sort of start the conversation, basically like spell it out in a Sharpie, like, you know? Or else they don't get it.

"I've literally, in my entire life I've had two guys come up to me and ask me out. Other than that I have had to go and try to like spend time with them, or sort of start the conversation, basically like spell it out in a Sharpie, like, you know? Or else they don't get , I've literally, in my entire life I've had two guys come up to me and ask me out. Other than that I have had to go and try to like spend time with them, or sort of start the conversation, basically like spell it out in a Sharpie, like, you know? Or else they don't get it. or else they don't get it."

Hewitt says she has her own theory on this facet of human behaviour. "I think guys are really nervous, and honestly, maybe somehow we've taken the female empowerment thing a little bit too far, and allowed guys to think that we don't want to be girls," Hewitt explains. "There's a difference between wanting to be respected and being a strong female and being known for being able to do things, but still very much wanting guys to open the door, wanting them to ask us out, still bringing flowers and stuff like that. It was actually one of my guy friends who was the one that brought that to my attention. So I think honestly it's because guys are at a loss at this point." Hewitt denies that her fame is a stumbling block to being asked out. "I don't really consider myself famous, so I hope not, because if so, there are many more, famous people that they can be nervous about than me. I don't think that's part of it."

When Hewitt is busy not thinking about her love life, or lack thereof, she is developing her movie career, such as the female lead in the kid-friendly Garfield, based on the classic comic book. Working with both a plethora of live animals and a CGI lead character, is partly what drew her to this project." I really wanted to see how the whole process would work, and I really wanted to be a part of a movie where kids could go, throw candy and popcorn at the screen, and yell at Garfield for being mean to Odie. So I'm excited to actually get to see it for the first time." Asked if she was a fan of the original comic, Hewitt says "I've only read the comics that were in the papers, but I was a fan of the cartoon, in school, on Saturday mornings with my friends." Playing with cinematic cats and dogs aside, Hewitt remains single and still searching for love. "I'm a hopeless romantic, and very much the person in a relationship to go: If things are going well, I'll buy the flowers, remember the dates of things, plan fun nights out, and then if they don't really want to be with me or it doesn't work out, then I'm like, 'I've done everything possible.' So I think lately in my dating life I have been much subdued and tried not to do as much of that, which has left me without a lot of dating recently. I would rather the next guy that I go out with, whenever that's going to be, contrary to what they write in the tabloids, kind of come to me and say, 'Would you like to go out with me?' Do that thing, so I'm kind of waiting, I'm not going out there and doing the things I used to do." And she is not necessarily ruling out dating a fellow actor. "I think you kind of have to go with your heart. If it's a doctor, great, if it's an actor, fabulous, if he's a plumber even better. Whatever it is. If he matches with you and makes you happy, that's great. I've dated some actors that you probably never want to go out with, but that's not because they're actors, but because we didn't connect." Next up professionally for Ms Hewitt is a movie she just completed "outside of London called 'The Truth About Love' which is a romantic comedy, kind of like 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' meets 'Bridget Jones' Diary'. I play an English girl and it's with Dougray Scott] and Jimi Mistry." Then it is off yo Budapest for the new TV miniseries, 'Musical Christmas Carol' with Kelsey Grammar, Jason Alexander and Jane Krakowski. "I'm playing Emily, Ebenezer's first love and I have three scenes in the movie,"

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