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Melissa Joan Hart Actress

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa's most noteable TV appearance has been in role as "Sabrina" on the comedy series "Sabrina The Teenage Witch". After spending the 1990s as a TV teen star, Melissa Joan Hart set her sights on feature films. Born and raised on Long Island, Hart began acting in TV commercials as a child. She further honed her skills in New York theater in the late '80s as the youngest member of the Circle Repertory Lab Company. Hart then broke through as a cable TV favorite (and a Cable ACE Award nominee) in the role of the precocious titular preteen on the Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994). After the series ended, Hart moved to network TV stardom in 1996 as the supernaturally gifted title teen on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Maintaining her pert primetime persona while revealing her range, Hart also starred in several TV movies, including Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare (1995), Twisted Desire (1996), The Right Connections (1997), and the college date rape drama Silencing Mary (1998). Though Hart continued to produce and star in Sabrina, she also attempted to parlay her TV fame into movie stardom with the romantic comedy Drive Me Crazy (1999). The film, however, failed to perform as well as the Britney Spears tune that gave it its title. Hart raised eyebrows that same year when she tried to shed her squeaky-clean adolescent image with a racy photo spread and interview in men's magazine Maxim. Neither gambit affected Sabrina, although Hart and the series moved from the family-oriented ABC lineup to the youth-savvy WB in 2000.

"I'm a pretty open person. Like, if I have good sex, then the next day I'm going to tell everyone I know about it." -Melissa Joan Hart

Born on April 18, 1976, in Sayville, Long Island, New York, Melissa Joan Catherine Hart began her stint as an actress early on, when she did a bubble bath commercial for Splashy Bath. By the age of five, Melissa had already completed over 25 commercials. Melissa grew up with her TV Executive mom Paula Hart, her dad William Hart, her six younger sisters, Trisha, Elizabeth, Emily, Alexandra, Samantha, and Mackenzie, and one younger brother, Brian. Unfortunately, Melissa's parents opted to go their separate ways, and her mom, Paula, soon remarried TV Executive, Leslie Gilliams. And to add to her already quite large family, Melissa had the pleasure of welcoming two more younger half-sisters, Alexandra and Samantha, into her household. Her mom became her agent from the get go and Melissa began acting in TV shows, but her first acting gig was actually an appearance on the wildly popular night time show Saturday Night Live. Between 1985 and 1986, she made several more appearances on the live comedy show. Before her SNL turn came to an end, Melissa had already been making appearances elsewhere, including on popular shows such as The Equalizer, Christmas Snow, as well as a bit part in the mini-series Kane And Abel. By the time the late '80s rolled around, Melissa delved into the world of theater and even starred opposite Martin Sheen in The Crucible that ran on Broadway, which for a teenage girl, is quite an accomplishment. After giving her turn as a theater actress a rest, Melissa auditioned and got the role of Clarissa, the star character of Clarissa Explains It All. After her role as Clarissa came to an end, Melissa graduated from high school and enrolled herself into New York University. Fearing that acting may only be a temporary outlet for a given time, Melissa decided that higher education would be necessary. But as fate would have it, she got the role of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch in the TV movie. Sure enough, Melissa soon had no time to do anything but act. But she has managed to attend NYU through correspondence courses since January 1994. And although she decided to pursue a BA in Arts & Literature, her newly busy filming schedule forced her to put her studies on hold for a year. Whilst starring in the TV movie, Melissa also guest starred on Roma Downey's dramatic series, Touched By An Angel, and also assumed the role of a teenage girl who conspires to kill her parents in Twisted Desire. After the success of the Sabrina movie, Melissa was asked to star in the television series of the same name. Although the show got its start on ABC and was a hit, at the end of the fourth season, the TV network decided that it wanted to change its time slots on Fridays and thus dismissed the show. Luckily, the WB came along and scooped up Sabrina and her magical delights for its fifth season, and the show is a huge success among teenage girls and adults alike.

In 1999, Melissa created a boatload of controversy by opting to pose seductively on the cover of Maxim magazine. Although the owner of Archie Comics (who also owns the rights to her Sabrina character) demanded an apology for smearing the character's persona through her actions, Melissa never fulfilled the request. Along with her mom, Melissa co-owns her own production company, Hartbreak Films, which produces her TV show and a host of other television movies. And since the company recently acquired the rights to child star Shirley Temple's life story, you can be sure that Melissa, who collects the retired actress' memorabilia, was quite eager to produce the movie about her life (which will air some time this year). As for movies, after a bit part in Can't Hardly Wait, which stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa starred in the romantic movie Drive Me Crazy, for which Britney Spears had a hit single of the same name. This year, Melissa can be seen in the upcoming movie Backflash, starring opposite Jennifer Esposito.

Presently residing in LA, Melissa plays an active role in many charities that benefit children and hopes to have a positive effect on their lives. She is very active with several different charities. She was the spokesperson for the Starlight Foundation and is also involved in Audrey Hepburn's Hollywood for Children Fund and Pediatric AIDS/Kids for Kids.
Melissa enjoys showboarding. Her hobby is collecting great paintings; she owns 3 Picassos, and also collecting estate jewelry and Shirley Temple and Audrey Hepburn memorabilia.
Keep your eye out for this blonde beauty -- her magic is spreading from television onto the big screen.

More fun stuff about Melissa Joan Hart

Full name: Melissa Joan Catherine Hart.
Siblings: Melissa is the oldest of five children, Bliz, Emily, Brian and Alexandra, all of whom are in show biz.
Pets: One dog, Whiskers. One cat, Trigger. One duck, Flipper.
Cars: A Silver Toyota Celica GT and a Dark green Jeep.
Houses: Still at home or on campus at NYU (sharing with three other students) and has a condo in Pennsylvania.
College: New York University, Melissa entered as a part-time freshman in the fall of 1994.
Fun Venture: The release of a CD called This Is What NA NA Means with her "Clarissa" band.

Melissa's favorite things:

Fave Color: Green.
Fave Music: Rap (doesnït like groups like NKOTB or Take That).
Fave Movies: Speed, Backdraft.
Fave Autor: Jane Austin.
Fave School Subject: Math -- Algebra.
Fave Rides At Universal Park: King Kong and Jaws.
Fave Sport: Snowboarding, field hockey.
Fave Pastimes: Playing pool and watching baseball.
Fave Five Guys: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, Ethan Hawke and Cary Grant.
Fave TV Shows: Roseanne and Melrose Place.
Fave Clothes: Shoes -- clogs, sandals, sneakers and Doc Martens.

Favorite pigout food: Black Olive Pizza.

More fun facts about Melissa Joan Hart

The books she has been reading:
All of Jane Austen's novels.

Pizzed possession:
A music box that my grandmother used to play to
put me to sleep.

Personal hero:
Shirley Temple.

Nobody knows she is:
A big drama Queen.

She wish she could stop:
Being so sarcastic.

She is better than anyone else when it comes to:
Taking care of little kids.

Her fantasy is:
Being on a desert island with her family and
they're like the Swiss Family Robinson, building
a little hut and looking for food.

People who knew her in high school thought she was:
A dork. Everyone changed when they got to high
school except she. She still dressed like a kid.
She wasn't into music or fashion.

Most irrational act:
In 5th grade she broke a thermometer and didn't
tell the teacher. She has always felt guilty.

Best time of her life:
One weekend when her family went canoeing and camping.

Worst time of her life:
When she had strep throat but she had to work anyway.

If she wasn't an actress, she would be:
Going to college, thinking about a career.

Major Accomplishment:
Teaching dance to little kids and starring on
"Clarissa Explains It All."

Most humbling experience:
Having the kids tell me she was a has-been in
high school.

Three words that best describe Melissa:
Creative, Independent and Wired.

Was one of the most powerful celebrity according to 2003 Forbes Top 100 Celebrity List (#95)
ABC is to shoot Hart’s wedding – The actress said ABC camera crews will be following her around for the next few months as she prepares for her summer wedding to musician Mark Wilkerson and the results will then be edited into an unscripted special or series for broadcast on ABC. (February 20, 2003)

Archie Comics publisher Michael Silberkleit who owns the SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH character, is demanding that Melissa Joan Hart be fired from the TV series unless she apologies for appearing nearly nude in Maxim and Bikini magazines and giving equally provocative interviews to the men's publications.

Has sung on two rock/pop albums, This Is What 'NA NA' Means (1994) and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch: The Album (1998), and narrated a classical album for children, Peter and the Wolf (1994).
Performed in off-Broadway play Beside Herself with William Hurt and Calista Flockhart in 1989.
Small role in CROCODILE DUNDEE (1986) was cut from the film.

Appeared in underwear along with Yasmine Bleeth, Alyssa Milano, Peta Wilson, Garcelle Beauvais, Carmen Electra, Jamie Luner, and Jeri Ryan on the cover of and inside the October 1997 issue of Details magazine.

Has a lazy eyelid that causes her right eye not to open as wide as her left.
Was born without the teeth to either side of her two front teeth, a condition that was fixed in 1993.

Is vice-president of Hartbreak Films, a production company she runs with her mother, Paula Hart, and step-father, Leslie Gilliams.

Famous Melissa Joan Hart

She's a young actress who has kept her head on straight, and hasn't fallen prey to the darker side of success at a young age. Melissa Joan Hart stars in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, where she uses her powers every week as the witchy title role. Melissa Joan Hart might look like a baby-faced teenager, but she is a showbiz veteran, having appeared in all forms of media including commercials, television, Made-for-TV movies, mini-series, films, magazines, and newspapers, since she was young. Nowadays she is famous, of course, as Sabrina in WB's Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (a show that ABC incidentally dropped), and the subject of a popular drinking game on college campuses.

Melissa Joan Hart might look like a baby-faced teenager, but she is a showbiz veteran, having appeared in all forms of media including commercials, television, Made-for-TV movies, mini-series, films, magazines, and newspapers, since she was young. Nowadays she is famous, of course, as Sabrina in WB's Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (a show that ABC incidentally dropped), and the subject of a popular drinking game on college campuses.

She is also recognized for being one of the handful of young actresses that have taken over teenage boys' fantasies, along with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar, in the 21st century version of the Brat Pack. Melissa Joan Hart is a perky person. As much as she tries to downplay that little fact, and tries to act mature and dismiss her Sabrina character as just that, we are not buying it. To be perky and naturally spunky, you have to have it in you.

Now, does this "animated" personality rub people the wrong way? Here is a little story: at a screening of Can't Hardly Wait a few years ago, there was a scene were Melissa got pushed aside in the movie and knocked to the floor. This little moment was followed by loud applause from the audience. Catch our drift?

As for talent, she is an untested actress. The question remains; can she pull off the dramatic roles? More importantly, can she get cast in those roles? She is a smart girl though, having started her own production company, and having a few co-producer credits under her belt.

She reminded our voting panel too much of their little sister for her to earn high marks for sex appeal. It's the whole innocence thing. Being the star of your own show for 6 years is quite an accomplishment in itself, and we acknowledge that, but it is time for her to move on to others things. She won't look like a teenage witch forever.

She has a couple of teenage movies under her belt, like Drive Me Crazy, but nothing highly successful. She is a commercial veteran, having done over 25 ads before being a teenager. She has also guest starred on numerous shows like Saturday Night Live, Just Shoot Me, That '70s Show, The Equalizer, and Touched By An Angel. She even sang on two pop albums.

But the true test of fame and achievement is if her show, Sabrina, got dubbed in Spanish. The answer is yes.

She's a pretty girl and a good role model for the young fans that look up to her. Trying to break away from her squeaky clean image, Melissa might pick some outfits that say "skanky" more than "princess." Overall, she looks like any other young actress trying to look hip and sophisticated.

Melissa Joan Hart's Quotation:

Discussing Playboy: "If they could promise me it wasn't camera-between-my-knees kind of shots, I would do it. I would do topless. I think it's empowering. Though if my mother had a real big problem with it, I'd have to say no right now."

Abracadabra—TV’s tempting teenage witch is all grown up

Prepare to be hypnotized by Melissa Joan Hart.

You first spotted Sabrina, The Teenage Witch that Friday night you were stuck at home on the couch with double pneumonia. Soon you were finding lame excuses to check out the kiddie show’s spellbinding star, 23-year-old Melissa Joan Hart, every weekend (even if you did want to take a nail gun to that damn talking cat). This month Melissa is raising the stakes with her first big-screen starring role, in the film Drive Me Crazy, and she’s itching for the world to realize that she’s not quite as innocent as her bewitching alter ego. She got a good start by showing up at the Maxim photo shoot shortly after she’d closed down an all-night pajama party—looking like a million bucks and ready to talk about tequila shots, pick-up lines, and the devil inside. Now, that’s a kind of magic.

Maxim: So, are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Melissa Joan Hart: That’s a tough one. Of course, Sabrina’s a good witch, but Melissa I’m not so sure about. Depends on the day, the minute…and my mood.

M: Ever been tempted to explore the dark arts yourself?

MJH: Sure. Witchcraft is really interesting. The power of the mind working with the power of nature. I did The Crucible onstage when I was younger, and I was like, I can go out in the woods, dance naked, and make it rain!

M: The show is aimed at teen girls, but you have plenty of male fans, too. What’s the deal?

MJH: I think it’s like a cult thing—older single men and teenage boys watching a cool, hip young girl. Also, college kids watch it and play drinking games before they go out on Friday night.

M: What’s your favorite Sabrina drinking game?

MJH: Whenever the cat talks, take a shot. And that’s quite often—you can be pretty wasted after half an hour! I get letters from older male fans in jail, too.

M: Oh, yeah?

MJH: Oh, yeah. A lot of them are really nice. I guess the prisoners are rehabilitated and just writing nice fan letters to a little blonde girl on TV.

M: Sure they are. Not including ex-cons, do guys hit on you because you play a teenager?

MJH: I think if anything, it dissuades them, because they think I am a teenager. I usually get guys who are younger or older. There are some older men who are kinda like, “Ahhh, young meat!”

M: You were out till 5 a.m. at a lingerie party before the photo shoot. How d’you look so…fresh?

MJH: [Laughs] I drank a lot of water. And I slept while they were doing my hair. I swear I’m narcoleptic. I can fall asleep anywhere, anytime.

M: Well, you’ve been in front of the camera all your life. Do any of the TV commercials you did growing up make you cringe?

MJH: Well, there’s the topless one. I was four, and it was for bathtub toys, but even then I was mortified. I remember thinking, Oh, no, everybody’s gonna see my nipples!

M: This issue features an article on how women scheme to change men. If there was one thing you could change about all men, what would it be?

MJH: There are so many. Where do I start?

M: Uh-oh.

MJH: I’d make men less flirty. Girls can be flirts, too, but guys are more dangerous. When a woman flirts, she’ll let you know if she’s serious or not—with men you never know which way to take it.

M: So what attracts you in a guy?

MJH: These days I’m looking for so much. I thought I was just looking for someone who’s sweet. Then I realized it’s hard to find a sweet guy who’s also smart. Then I realized it’s hard to find a smart guy who wants to have fun. So you’re choosing between a sweet guy who doesn’t have much to say, a smart guy who never wants to go out, or someone who wants to party all the time but can’t handle a serious conversation. So I guess I’m looking for someone who’s sweet and smart and fun. And has a career. And calls you back. Because it always ends up that the guys you like won’t call, and the guys you don’t like won’t stop calling.

M: How do you get the guys you don’t like to stop?

MJH: Uh, I don’t call back. Or I just give them my E-mail address.

M: What are your best pick-up lines when you meet a guy?

MJH: Sometimes I’ll just check someone out from across the room and see if they’ll come over. If I can’t live without saying something, I’ll walk right up and say, “Where do I know you from?”

M: What’s the proper number of dates before jumping someone’s bones?

MJH: It depends on how comfortable you are with the person. I almost slept with my ex-boyfriend on the first night. We didn’t have sex, but almost. And we ended up together for four years.

M: What’s the difference between everyday sex and great sex?

MJH: The amount of energy that’s put into the act. The enthusiasm behind it. Is it just to get off, or is it to have fun?

M: We’ll settle for either option. What part of your body do you most like to be kissed?

MJH: The back of my neck. Which is maybe why I got my tattoo there. I think that’s just really erotic.

M: Can we see?

MJH: Sure.

M: It’s a cross. Does that have any special significance?

MJH: Just that it’s something I really believe in. It’s not that I’m really religious. I guess I could say that it’s to keep the devil from entering my soul. Because that’s where the devil is supposed to take over your soul—right at the bottom of your head.

M: He aims lower in our case. You’ve got a pierced navel, too. Is body modification a turn-on?

MJH: It may be a tough thing, like “Look how many times I went through that pain.” You can get addicted to tattoos and piercing, but I’m over it now. Actually, I have been thinking about getting another tattoo.

M: What kind?

MJH: I would consider getting the New York Yankees symbol. You know, the “NY.” [Dumbfounded] Are you a Yankees superfan? Not, but that’s where I’m originally from, and what better symbol of New York than that?

M: Any guilty pleasures you’d like to confess?

MJH: Plain chocolate ice cream. And Britney Spears. I love listening to Britney Spears, but at the same time I don’t want to like it. And gin and tonics.

M: Can you drink most guys under the table?

MJH: Um, no. I think everybody would say that I’m pretty much a lightweight. But I hold my own when I really want to party. Like my 21st birthday. I think I had 12 tequila shots in two hours. I used to love tequila—anytime, anywhere, as much as I wanted. That whole next week was rough, though. A little bit of alcohol poisoning, I think.

M: Is it hard to convince Hollywood that you can get beyond the sweet-girl-next-door thing?

MJH: A little bit, because everybody knows that I look young and that I do goofy TV comedy. But it’s a good challenge.

M: What’s your ideal night out on the town?

MJH: I like going out with some friends to a club—someplace where there’s good music and it’s not packed, so you can get up and dance. I love when you walk in and know everyone there.

M: And what’s your ideal night staying in?

MJH: If I have people over, it’s usually hot tub, music, watch a movie. Then let’s go sit outside on the balcony and watch the sun come up.

M: Speaking of staying in, what’s your bedroom like?

MJH: There’s a walk-in closet, then a couple of steps down to a slate bathroom with a huge glass-brick shower. I can actually see the sun rise in the morning when I’m showering. Then you walk down three steps, and there’s the bed.

M: What’s the strangest thing we’d find near your bed?

MJH: A dropper of lavender oil. I put a drop on my pillow before I go to sleep.

M: What’s the sexiest thing we’d find in your laundry basket?

MJH: Probably a see-through teddy.

M: We heard you and a dozen girlfriends went down to Cabo, Mexico, for three bachelorette parties. Sounds like trouble.

MJH: It got a little insane. We just had a great week—12 girls on the loose in another country. In bikinis. We’d sit on the beach with our hangovers every day and go out dancing every night. Let’s just say everybody knew about “the American girls” when we left.

M: Did you attract the attention of any amorous federales?

MJH: No. [Winks] We’re sweet little girls.

A chat with Actress Melissa Joan Hart

Actress Melissa Joan Hart has been an entertainer for 20 years. As a preschooler, she started out in commercials; now she is a TV icon to America's Gen-Xers. Despite her success, Hart has had to publicly endure many tough life lessons and heartaches. Learn about the stories behind "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," the controversy surrounding the sexy photo spread Hart did for Maxim magazine and her recent work behind the camera as head of her own production company, Hartbreak Films.

Melissa Joan Hart says: Melissa Joan Hart - Hey everyone. Thanks for coming! Thanks for showing up.

Q: Where are you doing this event from??? What city???

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'm in L.A. right now.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a famous actress?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Getting into clubs that I can't normally get into.


Q: How do you make Salem the cat talk?

Melissa Joan Hart says: The cat is an animatronic puppet. And it takes 4 people to run him. And I'm not one of them.

Q: When is your birthday?
Melissa Joan Hart says: Last week! April 18th.

Q: Hello Again Melissa! Now that the whole 'Mood' of Sabrina has changed, which do you like better? High School or College?

Melissa Joan Hart says: College was fun, to be able to age up the character. But stay tuned for next year.... it's all going to change again.

Q: What advise would you give to all the young girls who look up to you?

Melissa Joan Hart says: The best advice I can give is to be yourself. That was something I learned from being on a set from a young age and I think it's priceless if you can be yourself.

Q: I want to know if you were popular when you were in school.

Melissa Joan Hart says: Not really.

Q: How would you describe your personality? Are you a Type A or laid back?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Not totally a Type A. According to my friend.

Q: What do you like to do for fun when you are not on the set?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I enjoy going to horse races car races snowboarding. Reading. And working around my house.

Q: Are your parents involved in your acting?

Melissa Joan Hart says: My mom is executive producer of my company and has pretty much handled my career.

Q: Was it hard for you to grow up so quickly?? Do you think you have the same friends that you would if you wouldn't be so famous?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Absolutely. It wasn't hard to grow up the way I did. It was a lot of work at such a young age but it set a good standard for the rest of my life. I think I absolutely surround myself with people I would in any situation.

Q: Do you ever get time to yourself?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Right now I'm eating chili. And it's hot.

Q: I never really knew much about you, but after watching IP I really feel like I can connect with you especially since we are around the same age. I think that's great!!

Melissa Joan Hart says: Thank you. I just watched Intimate Portrait on Lifetime myself. And was just shocked by how many people came out to talk about me and the nice things they said about me.
Q: Melissa: Do you have a boyfriend now?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No, I'm completely single and loving it.

Q: Did your sister Emily play in a Sabrina show with you once?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Here and there. Probably one episode a year.

Q: Who do you like being better Clarrissa or Sabrina?

Melissa Joan Hart says: They're both very different characters but at least with Sabrina I was able to have her grow up with me a little more.

Q: If you could have any other profession what would you do?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'd be a ballerina. If I could. I'm not saying I'm at that level.

Q: How long have you known Britney Spears?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Since we shot her music video. I guess that was in fall of 1999.

Q: How Long Is The Sabrina Show Going To last...And Tell her Lots Of Lovings From Me!

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'm guessing .... one more year. But that all depends on how many people watch so... tell your friends!

Q: Do you have any pets?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yeah. Two dogs. One Dalmatian and one Dalmatian/Boxer.

Q: You had to deal with a lot of controversy with the Maxim spread. I think it was wonderful that you stood up for yourself. Would you do it again?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Absolutely. Every time.

Q: "Clarissa Explains It All" was my absolute favorite....would you ever do a reunion show if it were to come up?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No. Shirley Temple taught me one thing. And that was once you finish a career, you move on.

Q: So have you ever thought about a singing career?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No! I have the worst voice! My friends get scared when I go to karaoke!

Q: From a child star's perception, does Melissa have suggestions for a mother starting her child in showbiz at young age?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Wait till they're out of high school. I would encourage them to develop their creative side through dance lessons' and singing lessons. Maybe get involved in a local theatre or school play. But not on camera stuff at a young age. It takes away from childhood. It's a really hectic business. You don't have time to do both. Grow up and work.

Q: If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring with you, and why?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'd bring some New York Pizza. My Lincoln Park CD. And the biggest book I could find.

Q: Melissa..........Was it fun when you got to do a episode with the Beautiful and Talented Backstreet Boys?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yeah They were great. It was Nick's 18th birthday. And I tried to set him up with my sister. He was mad because he was asking me out. I was like, "No, but my sister's your age."


Melissa Joan Hart says: Yes. All the time. I Know What You Did Last Summer. Urban Legends. And a bunch of others. Mainly horror movies.

Q: After having your heart broken by 3 different male actors , would you ever date another guy that acts?

Melissa Joan Hart says: They weren't all actors. But no, I'm really looking to stay away from actors. It's very difficult. My second boyfriend, James, became an actor while we were dating. And the third one, Bryan, was an actor.

Q: Melissa, how did it feel to kiss the guy in Drive me Crazy?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Great. He was a good kisser! But we were very good friends.

Q: How did you like playing with Jennifer Love Hewitt in Can't Hardly Wait?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Oh! great! We had a great time. I only worked for a couple days. But we laughed a lot. Let's put it that way.

Q: Ever since I was young I had a huge crush on you...I was wondering If you could just say "Hey Kyle Watkinson" to me please.

Melissa Joan Hart says: All right. Hey Kyle Watkinson.

Melissa Joan Hart - I'm doing dishes right now, by the way.

Q: What is the most embarrassing thing that's happened to you?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Oh, so many! And why would I say it? If I want to pretend it never happened, why would I bring it up again? But they usually involve boys?

Q: What is it like to see yourself on tv???

Melissa Joan Hart says: It's like a car wreck. You want to hide behind a pillow, but you can't stop looking.

Q: Melissa: Was it hard for the transition from ABC to WB?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Not for me. My job stayed the same.

Q: How old are your sisters?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Every age! From 4 to 23! 6 of them. 23, 21, my brother's 17, my sister's going to be 16 on Thursday and then I have 3 half-sisters who are 8, 5 and 4.

Q: Did you like working with Britney Spears?

Melissa Joan Hart says: yeah! She's a lot of fun. She's a really hard worker and I don't think people give her enough credit for that. I think she deserves everything she has, she works so hard.

Q: Do you think that actors in general get a bad rap as being "stupid" and unable to think for themselves?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yes, but that's because most actors are lazy, I think. It's a hot or cold business. And you know, when you're on, you're on. When you have a lot of downtime, you don't know what to do with yourself.

Q: What are your two dogs name, Melissa?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Pele and Halleakala.

Q: Are you a hockey fan? You should come to Chicago and be the Poster girl for the DePaul Hockey team!! WE NEED HELP!!

Melissa Joan Hart says: Can't help you there. More into basketball.

Q: If you get married, will you keep your last name?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Professionally, yeah. But I want the same last name as my kids.

Q: How did you meet Soliel Moon Frye?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I've known her since we were 4 but only became friends with her about 3 years ago.

Q: What is your favorite episode of "Sabrina?"

Melissa Joan Hart says: I really like the one I think it was second season and I was addicted to pancakes.

Q: Melissa- do you ever chat online? I mean, just for fun? would you use your own name?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No, I've got a screen name. But I haven't been online in... 6 years....

Q: What kind of car does she drive?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I have a '83 Jeep CJ7 that nobody wants me to keep but I love it. I drive a Mercedes CLK430 right now but as of the end of this week I should have a...I'm trading it in for a Jag Vandenplas.

Q: Melissa what motivated you to become an actor?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Well, if you watch the Lifetime Intimate Portrait...I wanted to be on Romper Room and my career snowballed from there.

Q: How does someone get involved if they want to help out with the foundation your family started?

Melissa Joan Hart says: We haven't started it yet. We've been discussing it. But thanks for watching the Intimate Portrait! Once we get it together, we'll figure out how to get out the information. We want to do something involving children because we've always been very family friendly but we're not sure how to go about it yet or what angle to take. I do work a lot with charities like Planet Hope, which helps homeless children and their mothers and the Starlight Foundation which helps terminally ill children. Starlight, StarBright, Make A Wish...they're all amazing foundations.

Q: How many children do you want?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Probably around 4.

Q: Is it fun working with "Aunt Hilda and Zelda"?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yeah! They've been like family to me. But they're unfortunately... next season not going to come back. But everyone should watch the season finale and watch what happens. Especially because I directed it!

Q: What was your first part-time job?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I - LOL! worked in a publicity office as a secretary for a summer. Before that I was a student dance teacher in order to pay for my ballet classes.

Q: What tips or advice would you give someone wanting to be an actress MJH: Be prepared! Know your stuff, try hard, have patience.

Q: Is it hard to learn all the lines when you are acting in a movie?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No, because you shoot it a little at a time, so as long as you are prepared and get enough sleep it's not that difficult.

Q: What CD that you own is your favorite?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Right now, Lincin Park, overall 9 Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine.

Q: Melissa, I love your work, and I think that you are a great role model, but what do you plan to do next as far as movies or other roles?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'm working with my company right now, to develop movies that I really want to make. MJH - And, it just takes a long time to get a movie off the ground.

Q: Is it true that you do the voice of Aunt Zelda in the animated series?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda.

Q: What are some of your favorite movies?

Melissa Joan Hart says: My favorite movie is Princess Bride.

Q: If and when you marry, will you have a big wedding or go off somewhere secluded?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Probably big, I have a large family.

Q: Do you dye your hair?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No! I don't. Every few years I dye it red, but then it takes awhile to get it back to my normal blond.

Q: Do you have any illnesses, Such as asthma..?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No, I'm very - luckily - healthy.

Q: Who has been a big inspiration in you life in the last couple of years?

Melissa Joan Hart says: My mother, always.

Q: Oh Melissa you have always been a role model to I am a 11 yr old girl but on a lot of your shows you help me with a lot of my problems.

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'm glad, that's a goal of mine, to be able to reach a few people and maybe help them get thru those tough years.

Q: How do you stay in such nice shape? Do you workout?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I work out like crazy and try to watch my diet, though with how much I work out, I usually eat everything in sight!

Q: What are the negatives to being an actor? Were they a surprise?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I guess, hmm, the fact that your anonymity is gone and it's hard to tell if people like you for you.

Q: Do you get approached often in public while out accomplishing errands, etc?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yes, luckily, my fans are very smart and they understand when there is an inappropriate moment.

Q: While I was watching Intimate Portrait, I heard you had to lose ten pounds for your movie, do you believe in it and would you ever do it again?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Well, if you finished watching the Lifetime Intimate Portrait, it's stated that I was not happy about having to lose weight, I did not approve of it, and I fought it. I don't think losing weight makes you a better actor.

Q: Do you have any "celebrity" friends who are in the business?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Sure! Because they're the people I'm around the most. If you saw The Movie The Rookie, my roommate plays the catcher in it.

Q: Do you have a specific religion?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I am Catholic.

Q: How long does it take you to learn your lines in the average Sabrina show?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Thanks to the rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday, it takes me about an hour a night, sometimes less.

Q: Who will take the place of your aunts?

Melissa Joan Hart says: They won't be replaced. We're going to come up with a new storyline, and introduce some new characters.

Q: Have you ever thought of directing anything else? maybe movies or something?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I've directed six episodes of Sabrina, one episode of So Weird, and one episode of Taina. And I'm hoping to do a TV movie shortly.

Q: Are you happy?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yes, thank you.

Q: Have you ever been to the Grammy awards?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No, I've been to the after parties! The awards aren't quite as fun as the after parties!

Q: Who are your favorite actor and actress?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I love Edward Norton, Harrison Ford, Sandra Bullock...that's good enough for now!

Q: What is your favorite TV show and why?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'm enjoying The Osborne's these days...I like the one last week where she was peeing in the Jack Daniels bottle.

Q: So you have a favorite book or type of book that you read?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Mainly fiction. Or autobiographies.

Q: How old were you when you received your first kiss?

Melissa Joan Hart says: First kiss, probably 14 or 15.

Q: A lot of young people have been changed by Sept. 11th, would you say it has affected you and how?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yes it has affected me. It's made me realize a couple of things. How strong we are as a country. And it made me realize that as a country we are....I now know why this country was started. I have a better understanding why it is we are here and what we stand for. And also I was affected by the fact that I realize that every day is an absolute treasure. And to never hesitate saying what I want to say when I want to say it.

Q: What are some cool places you've traveled?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I guess I love Florence, Italy. Big fan of the art there. Hamilton Island in Australia. Gorgeous!

Q: Are there any big stars that you really want to work with?

Melissa Joan Hart says: There's a bunch!! Let's see...there are more directors actually...I'd love to work with Britney Murphy, she's sweet and fun and extremely talented. I'd like to work with anyone I could learn from, who could add to my acting and to my art.

Q: With all this attention you are getting right now would u consider doing this again soon? As is have a chat room where people can talk to you...

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yeah, it just takes a lot of time to sit down and answer a bunch of questions, but it's a lot easier than my day job!

Qs: Do you believe in real magic?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Absolutely!

Q: If you could have one magical power in real life, what would it be???!!!

Melissa Joan Hart says: To travel at the snap of a finger. I hate traveling!

Q: How tall are you? I'm only 5 feet!

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'm only 5-2!

Q: What is the thing that you would most like to see change about most men/guys?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I'd like to see them call a little more often than they do, but then they'd probably bug us and we wouldn't like that easier. I guess I'd like to have the ones you like call more, and the ones you don't call less!

Q: Melissa, do you have an e-mail address for fans to write too? If so, what is it?

Melissa Joan Hart says: I would go to the WB site...

Q: Do you know when the intimate portrait will air again??

Melissa Joan Hart says: Just keep checking Lifetime TV, I'm not sure...

Q: What do you do in a typical work day?

Melissa Joan Hart says: There's never a typical work day. Mondays consist of a table read for the network and rehearsal for the actors. Then you have to factor in fittings, makeup tests, and random things we do on our show. Then Tuesday, is rehearsal all day, and we do a run through of the entire show for the network. Then the rest of the week is shooting usually around 12 hours.

Q: Is your belly button actually pierced?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Of course! 8 years now!

Q: In the movie driving me crazy was the fries good?

Melissa Joan Hart says: If I kept eating them, yeah, I guess so!

Q: Do you have any tattoo's?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Yes, I have two. I have a cross on the back of my neck, and a sting ray on the top of my right toe.

Q: which do you like better acting or directing?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Directing is more satisfying. I feel like I can create a picture. With acting I feel like I'm more involved as a smaller part of a the big picture.

Q: When there are episodes where you have food, are you actually eating it?

Melissa Joan Hart says: Rarely. Because it's usually pretty cold.

Q: What upcoming projects are you working on this year? Any new movies?

Melissa Joan Hart says: No movies right now. Possibly an MTV pilot, which would be a talk show to be like a youth group for teens and young adults to see what celebrities went through when they were teenagers. To give everyone an understanding of how difficult those years are.

Q: Hey everyone, that's all we have time for tonight. Thanks so much for being here.

Melissa Joan Hart says: Thank you! Keep watching Lifetime for my Intimate Portrait, and in May keep an eye out for the season finale of Sabrina that I directed!

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