Jennifer Love Hewitt returns to television in the new Lifetime series The Client List, about a single mother in Texas who leads a shocking double life.
After being nominated for a 2010 Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Mini-series for her role in The Client List, Jennifer Love Hewitt reprises her role as a single mother who takes a job a day spa to repay her financial debts when her husband abandons their traditional Texas life. As viewers will see in the series debut of The Client List, Love Hewitt’s character soon realizes that the spa offers more than just massage therapy.
Although many fans know Jennifer Love Hewitt from her five seasons as spirit seer Melinda Gordon on the Ghost Whisperer, Love Hewitt steps into the role of Riley Parks, a young woman who balances two worlds: one that revolves around her kids and family and the other that centers around the spa and it’s special clientele.
Interestingly, The Client List addresses an issue that’s rarely talked about in society. For some single women struggling to make ends meet, the lure of big money within the sex world can be a bridge to greater success in life.
So, how does Jennifer Love Hewitt feel about women like Riley who are caught between conventional work and comprising their morals to get ahead? For Love Hewitt, as she told The Deadbolt, it’s rooted in an accurate reality within society.
“I think it’s realistic. It may not make people comfortable, but it begs the question: are there any other options? For Riley, there isn’t at the time. I think people are just going to have to try to be as non-judgmental about that as possible. But I do think that this is real, the story that we’re telling is real.”
Although it’s controversial, many single women in society are leading double lives to pay bills and feed their children. And for some women who have relied on their partner’s income for years, jobs like Riley’s in The Client List often fill an immediate void. Is it morally right? There’s no easy answer.
How many stories have we all heard about young women taking jobs as strippers to pay their way through college? In The Client List, Riley Parks makes a similar decision for the greater good of her family.
As for how Jennifer Love Hewitt sees the dilemma that Riley faces in The Clinet List, it’s a real issue that many struggle with on a daily basis.
“There really are economically [depleted] families that are put in these positions. There are women out there who are in sex worker positions that you would run into at the grocery store with their hair piled on top of their head and you have no idea. But it’s a reality.
I feel like as women and men, and people on the planet, you just have to do the best with what life gives you. Hopefully on our show people will have a lot of fun watching Riley do the best with what life has offered her. It’ll be an interesting series.”
The Client List premieres Sunday, April 8 at 10/9c on Lifetime.