Jennifer Love Hewitt, who appeared in the film “Sister Act 2,” gave her opinion on Whoopi Goldberg and Tyler Perry’s intentions for the third installment of the Sister Act franchise.

There is no question in Jennifer Love Hewitt’s mind about returning to roles from her previous career!

While sitting down with Entertainment Tonight for a retrospective of her extensive career, the actress of 9-1-1 recalls on her time spent as Margaret in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and discusses her opinions on the impending sequel, Sister Act 3, which will be directed by Tyler Perry and Whoopi Goldberg.

In Sister Act 2, Hewitt played the role of Margaret, a high school student. In this scene, Las Vegas headliner Deloris Van Cartier (Goldberg) is asked by her nun friends, including Sister Mary Patrick (Kathy Najimy) and Sister Mary Lazarus (Mary Wickes), to return to her witness protection alter ego, Sister Mary Clarence, in order to assist in teaching music to teenagers at a troubled school. This is done in the hope of preventing the facility from being shut down by Mr. Crisp (James Coburn), a heartless administrator.

“Let me just say, Whoopi Goldberg made my life in this,” Hewitt exclaims to ET about her time spent working beside the 68-year-old winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance. “She was so kind and so amazing; [she] taught me so much on this movie.”

The pupils of Deloris’ rambunctious music class were portrayed by Hewitt, Alanna Ubach, Ryan Toby, Ron Johnson, Devin Kamin, Christian Fitzharris, and Mehran Marcos Sedghi. These students ultimately went on to win the All-State Choir Championship and persuade the local bishop to maintain the school at its current location.

It goes without saying that being on the set of the musical feature film came with a plethora of additional advantages. In the film, there were a number of musical heavyweights, including Lauryn Hill, who played the character of Rita, a high school student, which was her breakthrough performance. Among the actors that appeared in the film as members of the film’s choir were gospel singer Erica Campbell of the pair Mary Mary, R&B singer Ryan Toby of the group City High, and The War and Treaty vocalist Tanya Trotter. Sheryl Lee Ralph performed the role of Florence Watson, Rita’s mother.

The ability to stand and listen to Lauryn Hill perform live every single day is something that not many people get to experience. At that point in time, I hadn’t really done a lot of things like singing and dancing together since Kids Incorporated, so I felt like I was back in my comfort zone a little bit,” Hewitt says. “It was so much fun, and I enjoyed getting to sing and dance.”

After more than three decades have passed since the release of the movie, the actress continues to express her deep fondness for the actors. She comments, “It was just such a fun movie,” and she is right.

When Hewitt thinks about the event, she confesses that she probably did not “fully take in” the gravity of the incident since she was just 14 years old at the time. It’s possible that there were times when I thought to myself, ‘Oh my god, this is truly happening.’ “I remember feeling like I was super excited and terrified all at the same time throughout the entire filming process, but everyone was so kind and lovely and supportive,” she says.

As Hewitt describes her role as “really funny” and “a little over the top,” she expresses her delight in seeing the brilliance of her fellow cast members when she was working on the set. “Just getting to see that talent every day, I just felt like I’d won a contest to be there and watch the most talented people perform every day… it was amazing,” according to her.

Goldberg, who played the role of Deloris in the original film adaptation of Sister Act, which was released in 1992, and the sequel, which was released the following year, has been working for years to get Sister Act 3 into production. She has been very vocal about her desire to bring the original cast back together for the sequel that she has been working on for years.

The co-host of The View and Tyler Perry, who is 54 years old, have been working together ever since they made an appearance on Watch What Happens Live! together in 2018, when they also proposed a third installment. In the end, Disney made the announcement in the year 2020 that the project will eventually become a reality on Disney+; however, very little updates have been provided since then.

During an interview with ET that took place on Thursday in New York City, where Patti LaBelle was celebrating her 80th birthday, Goldberg provided an encouraging announcement on the impending show. In spite of the fact that the most of the information is being kept under wraps, she said that those individuals who have been waiting for the final picture to be released for thirty years would be pleased to learn that things are taking place behind the scenes.

I am able to state that it is on its way,” Goldberg said. On the day when it arrives, it will be coming around the mountain. Soon, it will get here. Oh, I can’t wait! The time has come for it, you know, the moment has come.

In addition, the iconic actress said that after delaying it for a number of years, she now thinks that the moment is appropriate to bring it ahead. When asked why, she said, “Because we need to laugh, you know?” “I have no idea what we are about to get ourselves into, but whatever it is, I’m going to definitely need to laugh a lot…I believe that I am successful when I am able to make other people laugh ”

While Goldberg has been very upfront about the possibility of assembling a diverse collection of actors for the cast, including names such as Lizzo and Keke Palmer, the latter of whom has indicated her own interest in the project, she has also been advocating for original franchise stars to return for the third installment of the series.

During her appearance on The View in September 2022, Jenifer Lewis, who had previously worked with Goldberg in the Sister Act films, voiced her desire to reunite for a third picture.

After a month had passed, Kathy Najimy made an appearance on The View. During her visit, Goldberg attributed the resurgence of interest in the long-awaited sequel to the success of Najimy’s Hocus Pocus 2, which was a remake of the original film.

And earlier this year, when Sheryl Lee Ralph was on The View to promote the third season of Abbott Elementary, Goldberg surprised the actress by inviting her to return to the daytime talk show for an episode that was themed around Sister Act and to make a cameo appearance in the third film.

Given the large number of actors who could be returning to reprise their roles, is Hewitt considering bringing Margaret and her famous version of the theme song from The Love Boat back to the attention of the general public?

To be honest, I would be thrilled to be a part of the third one! In an interview with ET, the mother of three said, “I have put it out there.” I responded by saying, ‘Give me a ring-a-ding.’ On the other hand, I have no idea which way it will go. What a wonderful idea, I would really love to do it.

By Anna

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