Jennifer Love Hewitt Thought She Was Being Punk'd When She Got the 'Criminal Minds' Call

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Jennifer Love Hewitt didn't have much of a break between the cancellation of her show The Client List and the call she received to appear on Criminal Minds and says she wasn't quite ready to make the transition.

The 36-year-old actress planned to take a break from work to spend more time with her daughter, Autumn, but her plans were nixed when she was asked to take on the role of Kate Callahan on long-running CBS series.

According to E! Online, Hewitt jumped on the chance to star on the show despite her plans.

“When I got the call, I was in my sweatpants, with no makeup, making stuffed bell peppers in my kitchen, where I’ve been for a while post-baby,” the actress told the website, adding that she thought she was getting “punk’d.”

But when she realized the call was legit, Hewitt says she was thrilled to return to television in the acclaimed series.

“I had been on a break for a bit being a mommy," Hewitt told Entertainment Weekly. "They were looking to add a new cast member and obviously I spent some time at CBS before, doing Ghost Whisperer. Honestly, I had always wondered and been waiting to find the perfect way to get back. My first CBS experience was so awesome. They’re great, and Les [Moonves] has been great to me. I was really excited when they called and asked to take a meeting. I met with [showrunner] Erica [Messer], who I’ve known since I was 14 from Party of Five. I hadn’t seen her in a really long time, so it was great to catch up with her. It all fit and the timing was perfect.”

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Despite what she might be feeling about her readiness for the role, Hewitt's costars seem thrilled she joined the show.

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