Tis the season, to feel as old as dirt as popular 90s icon, Melissa Joan Hart is now playing a grandma in a recent Lifetime Christmas special.
Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress, best known for her role as Sabrina Spellman in the television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She became a household name in the 1990s and early 2000s, captivating audiences with her talent and charm.
Born on April 18, 1976, in Smithtown, New York, Melissa began her career at a young age. She first gained recognition as the star of the Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All in the early 1990s. Her portrayal of the witty and relatable Clarissa Darling resonated with audiences, establishing her as a rising star.
After the success of Clarissa Explains It All, Melissa took on the iconic role of Sabrina Spellman in the popular sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The show aired from 1996 to 2003 and showcased Melissa’s versatility as an actress. She effortlessly portrayed a teenage witch navigating high school, friendships, and romances while dealing with her magical powers.
Melissa Joan Hart has also done a little bit of work for Disney. Co-hosting the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade in 1997, the actress has also lent her voice to Disney Channel cartoons like Recess: School’s Out (2001). She also played alongside Joey Lawrence in the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey which aired from 2010-2015.
In addition to her television success in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Melissa has also appeared in several films, including Drive Me Crazy (1999) and the Scary Movie (2000) franchise. Her talent and charisma have earned her a dedicated fan base, and she continues to be an influential figure in the entertainment industry.
Off-screen, Melissa has made a name for herself as a producer and director. She co-founded Hartbreak Films with her mother, Paula Hart, and has produced numerous projects, including the formentioned TV series Melissa & Joey, featuring Joey Lawrence.
Melissa Joan Hart’s personal life has also garnered attention. She married musician Mark Wilkerson in 2003, and they have three children together. Melissa is known for her down-to-earth personality and her strong work ethic, which has contributed to her enduring success in the competitive world of entertainment.
Melissa remains an active presence in the entertainment industry, especially as she herlads many adorable Christmas films on Lifetime and Hallmark. She consistently takes on new projects and engages with her fans. Her talent, dedication, and relatability make her a beloved figure in Hollywood, and her contributions to the world of television and film continue to be celebrated.
However, fans of Melissa Joan Hart, who came up in the age of Britney Spears and Mario Lopez, have recently taken to the internet in reaction to her newest role, which really forces many of us to put our upticking age into persepctive.
In the new Lifetime movie Would You Kill for Me? The Mary Bailey Story (2023), Hart plays a grandmother, and many who follow these films were shocked by the portrayal as Hart, a once teenage focal point in planet Hollywood, is now a grandma!
Thinking back to all the fun of of her early work, including excitment around the Halloween episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it’s a hardcore reminder that time slows for no one, including our favorite childhood celebrities.
X, formerly Twitter, had much to say regarding the portrayal by Melissa Joan Hart, and many didn’t take the news that we’re aging too well.
MISERY LOVES COMPANY 😭
I present, Melissa Joan Hart as granny! pic.twitter.com/wUN8UgggLH
— Virginia Brasch (@Virginia_Brasch) December 13, 2023
There’s some silver lining for fans of the Nashville based actress however, as we must point out, that at the age of 47, she’s looks fantastic! We can only hope we age as gracefully as she has.
Although the actress has worked with several big names in Hollywood over the years, since her days on television, she’s been rather quiet. This abrupt return to film probably lends its hand to the show and awe of seeing one of the 90s most notable faces playing a grandma.