12 Things You Didn’t Know About Melissa Joan Hart
For many, Melissa Joan Hart will always be known as Sabrina, The Teenage Witch thanks to her iconic lead in the beloved series which lasted for seven seasons from 1996 to 2003. The actress has moved on both professionally and personally to other roles such as the lead in ABC’s Melissa & Joey and getting married and starting a family. Now she is not just an actress but a director, producer, singer, fashion designer, and businesswoman, yet she manages to stay out of the tabloids and remains one of the most likable and down-to-earth celebrities out there. Although she grew up in the spotlight and has always been very open with fans, there is still a lot to know about her so, here are 12 things you never knew about Melissa Joan Hart!
12. What’s In a Name?
While some celebrities go by only one name, Hart has decided to go by all three of hers and is professionally known as Melissa Joan Hart. She revealed she was named after the Allman Brothers son “Melissa” while her middle name was given to her after her maternal grandmother, Joan. Interestingly enough when she was in the eighth grade and going through her confirmation, she chose Catherine as her confirmation name, although it never became a part of her legal name and she decided not to use it professionally.
11. Being Friends With Britney Spears
Back in the late ’90s, Hart was one of the most notable young actresses of the time and Spears was the hottest pop star of the time. They joined forces and became friends when Hart starred in Spears’ music video for “(You Drive Me) Crazy” which was the theme song for Hart’s film Drive Me Crazy. With Spears being underage and very restricted by her security team, Hart hatched a plan to sneak the pop star away for some fun. “Britney and I did a lot of press together in New York, Utah, L.A., on the set of her video, on the set of Sabrina. So we did a lot together, a ton of awards shows and stuff. But yeah, I snuck her away from her bodyguard to take her because she just looked liked she needed to be around people her own age,” Hart explained. “One time I was like, ‘Do you want to get lunch?’ and she [turned to her team and] said, ‘Can I go to lunch?’ They said, ‘No, you can’t go to lunch, you have to go to the gym and then you have vocal lessons and then you have to be here, you have to be there, you have a commercial shoot, and then you have to get ready for tour next week.’ I was just like, poor girl. I was like, ‘Let’s pretend we’re just going to my mom’s house tonight and I’ll get you away and we’ll go dancing.’ So that’s what we did.” She revealed that they went to L.A.’s Club Cherry and she immediately lost Britney in the crowd after sneaking her in through a back door. “At the end of the night, I found her in a private booth with dozens of people kissing her ass as she basked in the attention and downtime she’d worked so hard for…Since then, Britney’s been snuck in and out of more backdoors than I can count, but I shudder to think that I first showed her how it’s done.”