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'Law & Order: SVU' -- Jennifer Love Hewitt in a Shockingly Different Role (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 30th 2010 2:17AM
'Law & Order: SVU' -- Jennifer Love Hewitt in a Shockingly Different RoleActress Jennifer Love Hewitt is perhaps best known for starring in the slightly cheesy supernatural drama 'Ghost Whisperer.' Or you might remember her from the vastly more cheesy slasher film 'I Know What You Did Last Summer.' Although Hewitt is a fine actress and a bankable star, she's never really been called on to stretch her dramatic range that much. Which is why her appearance on tonight's 'Law & Order: SVU' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC) might come as a surprise.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Hewitt guest stars as rape victim Vicki Sayers, who has been attacked and violated by the same man over a 15-year period, and fear of her assailant has turned her into a virtual recluse. Now, she must come face-to-face with her attacker, and overcome her greatest fear.

It's a startling and mesmerizing performance by Jennifer -- she manages to hold the entire episode together in a way that most guest stars rarely can. She herself has stated that this was an entirely different type of role for her as an actress, and called the entire experience "extraordinary." In fact, while playing the battered and abused Sayers, she barely even looks like the same person.

During the episode, Vicki is aided in her attempts to stop the serial rapist by Detectives Stabler and Benson (Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay). But there are questions as to whether Vicki has managed to correctly identity the villain, when the "perp" (played by James LeGros) comes up with an airtight alibi. Does Sayers have the right man, or has she become so traumatized that she is starting to lose her mind? And will she manage to find justice?

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jtheobald

I thought Jennifer was great in this role! I wasn't even sure it was her for a while. WOW

September 30 2010 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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