Jennifer Love Hewitt will follow her heart Just for kids

Kid News

March 05, 1998|By Ian Spelling | Ian Spelling,Chicago Tribune

When Jennifer Love Hewitt talks about what she wants to be when she grows up, the words "famous actress" aren't mentioned.

Would you believe that Love, star of the hot TV series "Party of Five" and the hit summer flick "I Know What You Did Last Summer," instead hopes to be the next Shel Silverstein?

"I want to go to college and study creative writing so I can write children's stories," says Love, 19. Silverstein is the author of "The Giving Tree" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends," which were among Love's favorites as a kid.

"Silverstein was the big children's author I read," Love says. "I could get a Silverstein book now, give it to a friend, and it would still mean something. His books aren't just for kids, and he's not condescending toward children. I'd kill to be able to write like him someday."

Until then, Love must settle for expressing herself with the kind of grade-A acting that has made her one of Hollywood's brightest young talents. Next up is "Telling You," reveals Love.

"'Telling You' is like 'Mystic Pizza,' but with guys," she says, laughing.

Love also finished "The Party," in which she, Ethan Embry and other high schoolers prepare for life after graduation. "It's a romantic comedy with a lot of romance and comedy, but it's also an 'American Graffiti' kind of thing," she says. "I think it's going to be really good, and it'll be out in June."

Meanwhile, "Party of Five" is more popular than ever, and, though Bailey (Scott Wolf) and Sarah (Love) broke up, Sarah remains very much in the picture. "I'm glad I'm still on the show, even though they broke us up," Love says.

Fame obviously hasn't swelled Love's head. And, from the sound of it, she won't let that happen. "My mom's a big part of my keeping my feet on the ground," Love says. "I'm incredibly lucky and don't ever want to take for granted the opportunities I get."

1997 Chicago Tribune. Distributed by Knight-Ridder/Tribune, Inc.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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