Melissa Hart’s daring Maxim magazine photoshoot nearly cost her the role in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” and she wept all night because she couldn’t resist being fired.
From 1996 to 2003, the popular television series ”Sabrina the Teenage Witch” was on the air. Melissa played the adolescent witch until the 2003 cancellation of the show.
In light of this, the well-known actress from the 1990s sitcom has spoken out on a podcast about a troubling incident from her past.
Hart revealed that an underwear photoshoot for Maxim magazine almost prompted her excusal from the successful show and the lucrative USD 830 million franchise.
When Melissa Joan Hart took part in a risky photo shoot while still in her underwear, the situation got worse. The magazine’s cover featured the name “Sabrina” rather than her real name, which attracted a lot of attention.
This choice sparked controversy because of her character’s magical reputation. Her contract specifically forbade her from portraying her character nude, making matters even more complicated. This contractual boundary seemed to have been crossed, according to Maxim’s cover.
During the podcast interview on ‘Pod Meets World’, which features cast members from Boy Meets World, Melissa shared how the aftermath of the photoshoot plunged her life into chaos.
“If you look at my eyes, I’d been crying all evening,” She characterized the experience as the ‘worst day ever” highlighting the evident signs of her tearful state that lingered in her eyes. The situation was compounded by the emotional weight of a recent breakup she had gone through, which coincided with the premiere of her movie Drive Me Crazy.
While preparing to attend an after-party for the movie premiere, Melissa Joan Hart received a phone call that altered her course. She was informed that she had been removed from another project, Scary Movie.
In addition, her lawyer showed up in the middle of the party with surprising information about the Maxim photoshoot, which led to a lawsuit and the possibility of her being fired from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
Hart’s mom, who was energized by outrage, went up against her daughter’s action, asking, “What did you do?” Hart admitted that for the photoshoot, she followed the advice of her publicist because she thought that working with the daring people at Maxim was a pretty typical move given their reputation for controversial content.
The magazine cover had a half-dressed Hart and a playful tagline, “Sabrina, your favorite witch without a stitch.”
The fact that Hart’s contract made it clear that she would never show her character naked made the situation even more complicated.
To patch what is going on, Hart wrote an apology letter, which eventually played a critical role in settling the contention. After she expressed regret, Archie Comics, the company that owns the “Sabrina” series, accepted her apology.
Hart’s career-defining role as Sabrina spanned seven seasons from 1996 to 2003, garnering her widespread recognition and cementing her as a household name. Despite the near-dismissal, she persevered and continued to play the teenage witch until the show’s eventual cancellation in 2003.