Indeed, Hewitt was fast becoming renowned as a scream queen, having starred in 1997 smash I Know What You Did Last Summer and its 1998 sequel. Previously, the star had kicked off her film career in 1992 indie Munchie before taking the lead in Little Miss Millions a year later. She later appeared in box-office successes Sister Act 2 and Can’t Hardly Wait.
Hewitt continued her winning streak with her portrayal of iconic actress Audrey Hepburn in a 2000 TV movie. She also starred in several negatively-reviewed but commercially successful films including Heartbreakers, The Tuxedo and Garfield. In 2005 she returned to the small screen to play the leading role in Ghost Whisperer, the CBS supernatural drama, which ran for five seasons.
Hewitt received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Lifetime movie The Client List, which was later adapted into a series she executive produced. But while her TV career flourished, her movie career floundered. 2008’s Delgo, bombed at the box office, and 2010’s Café bypassed cinemas altogether, while 2012’s Jewtopia was slated by critics, resulting in a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 10 percent.