Jennifer Love Hewitt once called 911 on a raccoon she mistook for an intruder

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I’ve only seen the pilot episode of 9-1-1 on Fox, now ending its second season and coming back for a third, but I know a lot of people enjoy it. I like reading the recaps on my favorite TV and movie review site, Pajiba. It’s also nice to see Jennifer Love Hewitt back on screen after she took a break to have children. I have a lot of affection for her, having watched her make some bad choices in men. She ended up marrying actor Brian Hallisay, whom she met on the set of her TV movie The Client List. I just learned that Brian plays the abusive husband of Jennifer’s character on 9-1-1!

Jennifer was on Access Live and they all had puppies with them for some reason so I had to watch that clip. They asked her if she’d ever called 911 and she had once, when a raccoon got into her house. She also talked about taking time off to raise her kids, she has a five year-old daughter and a three and a half year-old son, whom she called “beautiful and crazy and smart and wonderful.” She’s so sweet and I missed her!

Have you ever had to call 9-1-1
I thought that someone had broken into my house in the middle of the night. I called 9-1-1. This woman was wonderful. She had me hide in the closet and stay on the line. There was a helicopter that came. It was a racoom who had broken into a little section it had been gnawing on. I heard footsteps running around downstairs. It was very scary and it ended up being a raccoon.

You’re a big star, do you worry when you call 9-1-1?
That’s why they called the helicopters. At the end [the operator] was like ‘I’m so glad you’re ok and I love Ghost Whisperer.’

You [took time off] with your babies. What was that like?
It was heaven. I lost my mom suddenly and fell in love and got pregnant. There was just a lot going on for me. I just needed it. It was beautiful. It really meant a lot to me that my team supported me and fans let me come back two and a half years later.

[From Access Live]

They also had a video message for J.Love from Scott Wolf, who costarred with her on Party of Five, and it was really cute. He looks so good with salt and pepper hair now. At the end of the interview they showed her with confetti and gave her flowers and balloons for Mother’s Day. It was the best.

This reminds me of the story of the lady who called 9-1-1 on her roomba, which ended up with police raiding her house. That’s got to be so embarrassing, but better safe than sorry, especially when you’re Jennifer Love Hewitt! Celebrities have stalkers and obsessed fans.

The first apartment I lived in alone was a first floor studio in a big city. It had a tiny kitchenette, a loft bed and a little bathroom with just a standup shower. The fire escape went right up to my window. One night at about 1 I heard a knock at the window and called 9-1-1. The operator was so nice and helpful, just like J-Love’s was. I didn’t open the blinds as I was too scared but then they rang the bell and it ended up being two friends visiting. I was so pissed off at them. Just ring the doorbell like a normal person. (We didn’t have cellphones at that time. I had a cordless phone and sometimes I would call my best friend to listen in on my neighbors on their cordless phones.) That’s the only time I’ve ever called 9-1-1. I’ve called the police department to report other things, like a woman giving a BJ to a driver in the passing lane and someone trying to get into my house when I wasn’t there, but *knock wood* I haven’t had to call 9-1-1.

I’m going to watch this show now, it sounds fun and I want to see J-Love on television again.

Here’s that interview:

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photos credit: Avalon.red and WENN

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  1. Monicack says:

    I called 911 because there was a possum hunkered down on top of my mailbox. I was under no illusions that it was an intruder haha. The mailbox was affixed to the wall right beside my front door and I screamed when I saw it, ran back inside and slammed the door. The 911 operator forwarded the call to animal control but could barely speak for laughing.

  2. Esmom says:

    Aw, I’ll always have a soft spot for her because of Party of Five. I thought her husband was Ryan Seacrest at first glance in that faux bloody photo. Wishing her and her family well.

    The only time I’ve called 911 was the first Thanksgiving in the first house I bought — my grandmother fell and broke both her arms, one very severely. She ended up living the rest of her life in a nursing home, sigh. I have had PTSD about hosting holidays ever since, and that was more than 20 years ago!

  3. Chevelle97 says:

    I love this show and Rookie.
    I had to call 911 once because someone tried to break in while I was home.
    They knocked but I didn’t get up because I was working and I wasn’t expecting anyone. After they knocked a few more times I got up to check and I saw there were three guys, and another one sitting in a car in front of my house.
    I called 911, and FYI if you call from a cell phone you will get transferred and have to tell your whole story again.
    The operators were nice enough, they asked what they looked like etc..
    Called my husband and my dad and my dad got there first followed by my husband. But they were gone by then. When they broke the garage door the door kicked back because my husband had a heavy jack up against the door and they must’ve thought someone had pushed back.
    An officer called me to let me know that no one had shown up to my house because they had pulled over the car as they left our subdivision. He came over and had us follow him to the area where they pulled them over to id them but I couldn’t remember then what they looked like. He told me if I listened to my call I had described them down to a t and even their clothes, hat, car make and model and color. They found stolen stuff from other houses in our neighborhood. They had been knocking on doors and breaking in when they thought no one was home. Turned out to be all teenagers, only one was an “adult” at 18.
    Scariest thing that has happened to me so far, hopefully never again.
    Edit: The officer gave me the correct number to call from my cell phone. I would suggest everyone check if their city/county has a separate number to call 911 from your cell phone. It avoids having to be transferred and wasted time telling your emergency more than once!

  4. Nancypants says:

    Y’all are funny but calling 911 over stuff like that is not funny.
    Every police station has a non-emergency number.
    Ask 411 for it. “I need the non-emergency number for the ****** police.” Like that.
    Put the number in your phone now for future use.

    I’ve never called 911 except for coming upon a car accident with injuries.
    In my county, if someone calls 911 everyone has to respond: police, fire, EMTs, everyone.

    I will say that raccoons are no joke. We had a raccoon problem for awhile.
    I did everything -for 2 years – including paying some exterminator 250. to come help.
    You know what he did? He sprayed male raccoon urine around saying that it would send the female packin’ because she was probably p.g. and the males kill the kits.
    It worked for about a month.
    Meanwhile, the raccoon did 250. worth of damage to the garage door and they screech at each other in the middle of the night.

    I took matters into my own hands. Don’t ask. I don’t need people going all PETA on me.
    I did first consider live traps but then I have a pissed-off, stinky raccoon to get rid of and do you know that if you release them any short of 50 miles, they come right back? Bastards.

    Raccoons destroy things. They carry rabies and they poop like large dogs.

    I was bitten by a stray dog a few years ago and had to have rabies shots.
    You don’t want any part of that.
    Raccoons should be in zoos.

    Oh, and I like JLH too.

  5. guilty pleasures says:

    I had to laugh at this one. I am a retired police officer and have attended that exact call, more than once, a raccoon mistaken for an intruder. Let me tell you, the terror of the woman hiding in her closet was very real, and we all got to calm her and eventually laugh WITH her when we figured out ‘who’ the intruder was, and how he breached her security…through the cat door!
    I agree with Nancypants, please don’t call 911 unless there is an imminent risk, but know that we are there for you if there is a danger to be faced!!
    PS- once I was sitting in at dispatch and someone called to ask how long she should leave her turkey in the oven. Not good. not good at all!

  6. Meg says:

    Didn’t she quit her old show because her husband couldn’t get the lead so she just ended it? I saw that as selfish to the crew and other cast. Now her costar is again her husband? Do they not trust each other to work separately?

  7. KC says:

    I’ve missed her so much! So glad to see things work out for her. She wanted that husband and family, glad she got it!