I am beyond excited to share this interview I did with someone I’ve always loved, Melissa Joan Hart! Like most people my age and older, I grew up with Mel on my TV starring in her hit show, Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Talking about everything from Sabrina, upcoming projects, what her kids think of her films, her friendship with Britney Spears and how she got into acting- we covered it all. Be sure to follow Melissa on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with her life, and for the latest news on her projects.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this with me Melissa, I adore you! xox
DL: Hey Melissa! It’s so exciting to be talking with you, thank you so much for agreeing to do this with me. I know you just came back from a little getaway with your husband, so how was that and how has your new year been?
MJH: It was a wonderful treat for us. It’s only the second time in 12 years that we have gone away together and our 3 boys go away with their grandma. It’s a new tradition which is fun for everyone, I hope it sticks.
DL: You’ve been in the industry for most of your life, what made you realize you wanted to even get into acting in the first place?
MJH: There was a show called Romper Room when I was young and I wanted them to say my name on it and decided the only way to make that happen was to be on TV. So I asked my mom and she got me an agent who found me auditions for TV and movies and plays and I just took off on a career path that was not planned.
DL: My earliest memory of you was obviously your role as Sabrina Spellman on ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch.’ That show will never get old to me, I love it so much. When you were on the show, did you think it’d be as popular as it was and turn into something so iconic still to this day?
MJH: I don’t think I really realized it but at the same time I knew it was a fun show because I enjoyed working on it, and that people liked it because we had a great response and wonderful guest stars, including Barbara Eden, from I Dream of Jeannie. That was fun for my mom because she watched I Dream of Jeannie when she was a kid. It had a similar appeal and if that show still resonated with younger generations, it makes sense that any show about magic can withstand the test of time.
DL: Have your boys ever watched the show? I’ve always been so curious as to if actors who have children ever show/or tell them about their acting projects from when they were younger!
MJH: They have seen some of my work but are not super interested in it. They found out I was famous from people asking for my autograph or picture while we were out in public. At a certain age they all asked the same question, “Why do they want to take a picture with you ?” Then my answer would be “well Mommy is on TV and people watch her shows all the time”. Now they think it’s cool but still don’t care to watch them much.
DL: I know you’ve been asked this hundreds of times, but do you think us Sabrina fans will get our wish of a reboot with you in the near future? I legitimately will call up every single network and old cast member if I have to too make this happen, lol!
MJH: It is happening but not with me or my company Hartbreak Films that produced the first one. My understanding is that it is going to be a younger and darker version.
DL: When you were doing Sabrina you met one of my favorite people ever, Britney Spears! She is the sweetest person I have ever met, what was it like getting to work with her at that time?
MJH: We were buddies. We ran into each other constantly at award shows and events and got to work together a bit. She was very sweet but always on the move. Meanwhile I was in LA most of the year doing Sabrina and she was touring all over the world.
DL: I know you went and saw her at her Vegas show, wasn’t it awesome!?
MJH: She’s a great performer for sure.
DL: One thing I’ve always admired most about you, is your support for the LGBTQ Community. It means so much to me to have someone such as yourself be an ally for us, so thank you so much Melissa. You’ve been really openly supportive to us, what makes want to use your voice/platform to do so?
MJH: I feel like people trust me from “growing up with me in their living rooms” and I have the opportunity to let people know about walks of life that they may not be aware of. I have a platform to bring awareness to lots of different issues or causes. I love advocating for children that are sick or in trouble or feel marginalized. And I love being able to open up the minds of those who might have a narrow outlook on life due to circumstances around their families or lives and helping people walk in other peoples shoes.
DL: I know that you recently released another Christmas movie called ‘A Very Merry Toy Store’ that you did alongside with your friend Mario Lopez, (it was great btw) but do have any other projects you’re working on for this year?
MJH: There are a bunch of projects in the works with my company for me to act in, direct and produce. This industry is tough because you can’t really talk about a project until the ink is on the contract but I can tell you a Christmas movie is very likely. And hopefully a feature film for me to direct but that wouldn’t come out until much later.
DL: Last question! If you could go back to any role you’ve ever played, who would it be and what kind of ending would you change for them to end up having?
MJH: I think it would be interesting to find out what happened to Clarissa (from Clarissa Explains It All) when she grew up. Also the Yearbook girl from the movie Can’t Hardly Wait.