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I definitely look back on it and go, Ew. And it really started with I Know What You Did Last Summer, because that was the first time that I had worn a low top, and on Party of Five,” she recalled from the perspective of a “42-year-old woman with a daughter.”

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“I was really tired of that conversation. With Heartbreakers, that was a big part of it. I was disappointed that it was all about stuff, because I had really worked hard in that movie to do a good job as an actress. So I remember one specific moment wishing that the acting had overshadowed all that — that for five minutes, they had said I was really great in the movie versus made a body comment. Now that I’m older, I think: Gosh, I wish that I had known how inappropriate that was so I could have defended myself somehow or just not answered those questions. I laughed it off a lot of the time, and I wish maybe I hadn’t.”

The actress recalled preparing herself for the first part of an interview to be about her body before she was asked something else. Ex-boyfriend John Mayer’s song “Your Body Is a Wonderland” fuelled the obsession with Hewitt’s looks but both Mayer and Hewitt have denied that the song is about her. 

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“When I watched that Britney Spears documentary, it hurt my heart a little bit, because I remember in hindsight having that feeling. I’m really grateful that we’re in a time where, hopefully, that narrative is going to change for young girls who are coming up now, and they won’t have to have those conversations,” she added.

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