During the filming of the hit comedy “Heartbreakers,” Hewitt, who played Sigourney Weaver’s daughter, unfortunately, suffered an injury. Hewitt broke her finger while shooting the unforgettable “flopper dive” scene — an injury that caused quite the commotion on set.
Despite the mishap, the film went on to be a box-office success, earning impressive profits and making all of the hard work worth it. Hewitt’s commitment to her craft, despite everything, speaks to her professionalism and work ethic. Her character in the movie may have found unexpected love, but Hewitt’s real-life love story with the film was the success it achieved.
Mixed Reviews for Her Role as Audrey Hepburn
Hewitt took on the challenging role of Audrey Hepburn in the 2000 biographical drama television film, “The Audrey Hepburn Story,” for which she also served as an executive producer. The director of the film, Steven Robman, had previously worked with Hewitt on “Party of Five” and recommended her for the role.
The three-hour production aired on ABC on March 27, 2000, and received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised Hewitt's performance and commended her for taking on such a challenging role. Other reviews weren’t as kind, attacking Hewitt for lacking the physical grace that Hepburn was known for. Was she brave or naïve in choosing to play an iconic Hollywood star? The jury is out on that one.
She Is Reduced to a Skin Display
Hewitt co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in the 2001 romantic comedy “Heartbreakers,” portraying a mother-daughter duo who cons wealthy men out of their money. The film earned a moderate global gross of $57.7 million. Several film critics (mostly men) reduced her to an object of fantasy, commenting on Hewitt's prominent display of skin throughout the film.
In addition to these objectifying reviews, some critics also had issues with Hewitt's character. BBC.com, for example, felt that she lacked the necessary duplicity to be convincing as a confrontational character. She was too agreeable, they said. Hewitt's performance in the film received praise from some critics, who believed she and Weaver played well off of each other.
A Sensational Music Video Appearance
Although Hewitt's career began in 1995, it was her appearance in Enrique Iglesias’s steamy "Hero" video that had fans buzzing. The 2021 video depicted Hewitt as the love interest of the handsome singer. Not only did the song become an instant hit, but the chemistry and romance between the two stars were undeniable.
The video was simply the cherry on the cake. Hewitt's appearance in the video helped to solidify her status as a desirable star and catapulted her to even greater levels of fame. As for her rumored relationship with Iglesias, it’s unclear if they were ever romantically involved off-screen.
Working With Jackie Chan
Hewitt starred alongside Jackie Chan in the action comedy "The Tuxedo" (2002) as a genius scientist eager to take part in fieldwork. The reviews didn’t mince words. One critic even called her character “repellent.” He had expected going into the film that she would be a fun sidekick to Chan’s character. Instead, audiences got someone who was a high-strung “shrew” (misogynistic much?).
Others criticized her for not being a strong enough female character, reducing her to a "damsel in distress" stereotype. Hewitt remained proud of her performance and the opportunity to work alongside a legend like Jackie Chan. The movie grossed an impressive $104.4 million globally despite what critics had to say.