Hewitt as Maddie Buckley was a fan favorite in “9-1-1,” and viewers missed her in season five when she left Los Angeles. She took a break from the show, which took place around the same time her character on the show had a baby. The star revealed that she was coincidentally expecting her third child in May 2021.
The writers incorporated Maddie’s pregnancy into the storyline without knowing that Hewitt was also expecting. She hadn’t revealed her pregnancy publicly when the show was being filmed. Hewitt has always been open about the challenges of balancing motherhood and work. She expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the show and praised her co-stars for their support and friendship.
She Stars in “Criminal Minds”
From 2014 to 2015, Jennifer Love Hewitt portrayed Kate Callahan, an undercover agent who joins the BAU, in the tenth season of “Criminal Minds.” She made regular appearances in the series but decided to leave the show at the end of the season due to her pregnancy.
After “Criminal Minds,” Hewitt decided to take a break from her career for three years to focus on her family life. Hewitt reflected on her decision to take a break from her career in an interview. The actor said she gave herself a pep talk, reminding herself why she needed the break and how it was the right thing to do for her family.
Hewitt in “9-11”
In 2018, Hewitt portrayed the character of Maddie Buckley on the Fox police procedural “9-1-1.” Maddie was an ER nurse who works as a 9-1-1 operator after leaving a toxic relationship. Hewitt said she loved the character for her combination of toughness and empathy.
Maddie appears composed while answering calls, but once she hangs up, she fully engages with the pain and anguish of the callers. Her performance was praised by fans and critics. She became a regular cast member in the show's second season. Her role in "9-1-1" marked a successful return to the industry after taking a break to prioritize her family.
On Becoming a Parent
Hewitt has shared how becoming a parent has changed her perspective on love. In an interview, she explained that love was once something she only experienced in movies. After having children, Hewitt says love has taken on a new meaning. It has opened her up in ways she never thought possible, making her feel more vulnerable than ever before.
She credits finding her true soulmate, her husband Brian Hallisay, with finally understanding what it means to experience true love. She said she had finally realized that love involves selflessness, sacrifice, and an unwavering commitment to the people we care about the most.
Her Surprising Family Connections
Many fans have no idea that Jennifer Love Hewitt has some pretty famous relatives. While she may be the most well-known in her immediate family, she actually has famous kin that many people are unaware of.
One of her most notable relatives is the legendary singer Patsy Cline, who happens to be Hewitt's grandmother's cousin. But it doesn't stop there — Hewitt can also trace her family tree back to more distant connections, including President Harry Truman and outlaw Jesse James from the 1800s. Despite her stellar family connection, Hewitt has managed to carve out her own path and legacy.