The sexy ''Heartbreakers'' star says she's done with teen slasher flicks -- but Satan is in her future

By Sandra P. Angulo
March 26, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
Jennifer Love Hewitt: Paul Smith/Featureflash/Retna

Don’t expect Jennifer Love Hewitt to keep playing sweet, earnest girls next door like she did in ”Party of Five” and ”I Know What You Did Last Summer.” In ”Heartbreakers,” she and Sigourney Weaver are a vampy mother – daughter con artist team who target rich men. And she just completed work on Alec Baldwin’s directorial debut, a remake of ”The Devil and Daniel Webster.” Hewitt’s role: Satan herself. talked to Hewitt, 22, about how she’s taking charge of her grown up image, her fear of scary movies, and how she WON’T be asking Baldwin to sell his soul.

About that ”Heartbreakers” movie poster, Jennifer: Is this your tribute to Julia Roberts in ”Erin Brockovich”?
It was fun! I thought it was hysterical that they thought I could remotely pull this character off, because I’m not that kind of woman. It took me a while to get comfortable with myself. The clothes I wear in this movie speak for themselves. She very much uses what God has given her to get what she wants in the world.

The trailer doesn’t show it, but you have a big romance with Jason Lee (”Almost Famous”). How much fun was that?
We kiss in every scene, I think. All we do is kiss. In the middle of a scene, I asked, ”Are you sick of kissing me?” And he said, ”Yeah, kind of.” We’re trigger happy with our lips. It was like kissing your male best friend. He’s a John Cusack kind of guy, where you think he’s goofy, cute, and, ”Omigod, I’m in love with you.” He made me literally pee in my pants four times. Wait, let me back that up. He ALMOST made me pee in my pants. He does this thing where he turns himself into a human orangutan.

How did you and Sigourney get the mother – daughter chemistry down?
We spent every day for six or seven hours together in a tiny room rehearsing. I was able to learn a lot about my character by talking to Sigourney about her and her own daughter. It’s like spending a lot of time with any girl. You bond. I don’t think we talked about anything serious. Mostly stupid jokes, and laughing at [director] David Mirkin, or talking about the scenes. To be the daughter of the woman from ”Alien” was so cool. I have such a tough mom.