Everyone hopes they never have to dial 911, but if you did, at least it would be soothing to know someone like Jennifer Love Hewitt is there to help. Hewitt is joining the cast of the Fox drama and was on a second season panel for the Television Critics Association.
9-1-1 returns with new operator Maddie Kendall (Hewitt) Sunday, September 23 at 9 PM on FOX. On the panel, Hewitt spoke about what to expect from her new character.
Jennifer Love Hewitt on playing Buck’s sister:
“I play a woman named Maddie, who is Buck’s sister. And she has had a little bit of a tough time in her life in sort of an abusive relationship. She comes to her brother pretty broken and bothered by what’s kind of happening in her life and needing to start over and needing a place to maybe figure out who she really is and, hopefully, help other people. She was a nurse before and, sort of through his guidance and brilliance, becomes a 911 operator and is able to help people, but stay in a safe place, given her situation.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt is here for the long haul:
“As long as the show is here, hopefully, I will be here, if I don’t screw it up. It’s been really nice and really exciting. Everyone’s been really welcoming. So that’s been awesome. I mean, it’s a tremendous show. All of these actors are incredibly talented. And anytime that you’re invited to come and be a part of something, it’s really humbling. I’m super grateful to be here. It’s been really lovely so far.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt on not being the star of the show:
“A big part of why now probably is because I have two children and I got married. It’s really nice not to have it all on your shoulders. It’s lovely that way, but it also gives me the opportunity to be a mom first and be there for my kids and spend time with them. It also just happened, I think, because of the different jobs that I was sort of presented with. And it’s great to do both, but for right now, my lifestyle, this is a really nice fit.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt reminisces about Party of Five:
“It was a really great show. I was only supposed to be on nine episodes of Party of Five, and then people really responded well to the character, and so I got to be on there for pretty much the life of the series. And when they came and said, ‘We are going to do a spinoff of Sarah in New York City,’ I was like, ‘Are you sure about that? Do you feel safe handing that to me? Okay.’ And we went, and we did it. And it was a beautiful show, and it was really great. I loved working with Jennifer Garner. She’s a really, really special woman, and I’m just so proud and happy for all that she has become and is. It was really lovely working with Pauley Perette, and it was really fun to have a show that way. It just didn’t it didn’t quite touch with the audience the way that we had hoped, and I think that was because Sarah and Bailey on Party of Five were really what made Sarah special to the audience was the two of them together, and when he wasn’t able to be on that show, it just sort of didn’t really go the way that we had planned. But it was a great experience. I loved it.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt on returning to Fox with 9-1-1:
“I’m really excited to be back at FOX. It’s been part of what has made this so heartwarming for me. FOX really started my career with Party of Five, and it was a beautiful place to be then. It’s a beautiful place to be now. And, again, I just feel really grateful. When we’re at upfronts, I got to look around and see so many faces that I hadn’t seen in forever. And they were still so incredibly welcoming and kind, even though much older. I was afraid half of them wouldn’t even recognize me. But it was really nice, and it’s great to be back. And it’s just nice to have longevity in something that you love to do so much and be able to catch up with people again and know that you can come back and you make a home for yourself, and you get to come back there at some point. So, yeah, I’m really grateful.”