Born in Texas to Patricia, a speech therapist, and Herbert, a medical technician, the young Jennifer (Love is her middle name) was a natural performer.
After she won the Texas Our Little Miss Talent competition the family - Jennifer, her by now divorced mother and her elder brother Todd - moved to Los Angeles, where Jennifer got her first break, aged ten, presenting on the Disney channel.
Teen roles in several TV series and a spin-off music career eventually led to a starring role - at just 18 - in the hugely successful film , who is able to see and communicate with the dead - has turned out to be the best career move Jennifer has made.
As producer and occasional director of the show, she has gained confidence and earned a degree of respect in a difficult industry.
I also hear both sides appear willing to walk away, though sources stress a compromise is reachable.
I hear Hewitt has asked that Brian Hallisay, her real-life fiance and father of her baby, also play her character Riley’s baby daddy on the show in a major story arc next season.
I hear that is at odds with the ideas from the showrunner, who I hear pitched the series’ male lead Colin Egglesfield, and the network brass, who I hear have not settled on a character as they are looking to keep their options open but are not willing to go with Hallisay, who started on the show as a recurring and subsequently was promoted to regular.
He studied history at Brown University, and began acting while he was there.
He left Brown in 1990 and worked as a carpenter, a barista, a housepainter, and interviewed former steelworkers for a historical society in Pittsburgh.