The 35-year-old actress was just 19 (and starring in her hit show Party of Five) when she took the questionable step of putting a bed in the mail to the Good Will Hunting hunk. But as she explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her oddball actions were actually just an outpouring of empathy towards a busy fellow actor.
"Well, I'm not a normal person," Hewitt prefaced her story, before explaining, "I was reading an article and he said this really sad thing about how all his dreams were coming true but he didn't feel that he had a bed of his own, he was always traveling."
"I remember being really busy also and thinking that's so sad, to have all your dreams come true but not have a solid foundation. So for some reason, I though an aerobed would help that for him," she admitted, laughing.
"In my head, I thought, 'He can travel with it, then it's always his safe place.' I didn't go over it with anyone, I should've been like, 'Hey, should I send this to Matt Damon?' and they would've been like, 'No you're crazy, don't do it!' But I didn't, so I got the information he was in Paris, filming something, so I sent it to Paris."
Sadly for Hewitt, the gift didn't appear to go down well with Damon. "I never got a ‘thank you,’" she admitted. "It made me sad. I understand maybe his security never gave it to him, that's a possibility."
J. Love is enoying a return to the spotlight following a well-deserved break from work to concentrate on motherhood. The actress welcomed daughter Autumn last November, and secretly married her long-time partner Brian Hallisay shortly before the birth.
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