Melissa Joan Hart was a popular actress in the '90s; she was one of the hotties of that era. She's well known for her time on shows such as Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All. She also starred in a couple of movies, including Drive Me Crazy, and also starred in Britney Spears's music video Drive Me Crazy that went along with the movie. After her series ended, she starred in Melissa and Joey with Blossoms' Joey Lawrence. The series ended in 2015, and we haven’t seen much of Hart since. She starred on God's Not Dead 2 in 2016 and a TV movie, Broadcasting Christmas, but since then, she seems to have dipped out of the industry.
We still can’t get enough of that cute expression she carried off in her TV series and those beautiful eyes she's always had. She was certainly a one-of-a-kind character and one that we wished would have stayed on the big screen for longer. These days, she's seen more in TV movies and voice acting. She’s a huge talent and one that we still remember fondly from the '90s. She's a class act in the industry and was never one of those teenagers to get into trouble. She was respected in the industry and still is to this day. If you've ever wondered what happened to that quirky blonde, then read on to reminisce through pictures of a young Melissa Joan Hart.
15 The Girl Next Door
Hart could easily play the girl next door; we've all seen her pull that off effortlessly. But the sexy siren? Now that’s a harder part to play. This photo is evidence that she has what it takes to look the part, so it’s too bad we never saw her play a part that showed off her skills as a vixen -- or better yet, a sexy damaged woman who kills her husband. Sorry, did I go too far with that one? We’ve seen so many episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch that it’s hard to pick a favorite. But Hart has one: “I think my favorite episode was the pancake episode. But you know... I remember the episodes different than everybody else at home does because I remember them from a behind-the-scenes perspective and what was fun to do, and other people remember them as episodes. So, I have to say the most fun was the pancake one because I was digging through trash cans and got to be really physical, and that was fun. I think I even forgot I tap danced with Dick Van Dyke — somebody even reminded me of that. You're kind of in your own little world. Even these wonderful things that happened, sometimes, they don't stand out as much as they should, and later on, you look, and you're like, 'Why didn't I realize that was happening?!'”
14 Our Favorite Witch
This purple bikini is practically popping out on her glowing skin. This photo was taken back during her Sabrina the Teenage Witch days when one of her closest friends was a talking black cat. She has that innocent sexy vibe to her that drew people in for years. There's a reason why Hart has appeared rather wholesome throughout her career. Not that she’s saintly, but she’s no Lindsay Lohan either. She has a family that includes siblings, and what she does in her life sets the example for them. “My career has always revolved around what I do and don't want my sisters and brothers seeing me doing.” Now we know why we don’t see her in many scandalizing photos or edgier TV shows or movies. She wants to set an example for her family and not to be a part of something that could set one of them astray.
13 Sexy Lady
Whoa! We almost didn’t recognize her in this photo. She's sizzling right off the page. Even at her sexiest moments, Hart has been a total class act. She knows what it means to be a seductive lady but not to take it too far. She's laying in lingerie, and her curls are just to die for. Add a little red lipstick, and we have one hot tamale. She’s had some embarrassing moments while on set, and this one has to take the cake: “In the Christmas episode, Taylor — who plays Lennox — and I had to wear corsets, and we practiced all week wearing hoop skirts because we thought that would be important to practice in, but we never bothered to practice in the corsets. And something happens where my dad turns with a cane and we’re supposed to duck, but I didn’t realize trying to duck with a corset on would make me go down like a tree. So, I kinda took her with me — I forgot to duck, she grabbed me, we almost got hit in the head, and then we both went down sideways. And it was, I mean, we were in tears, and they had to fix our makeup — it took us a while to recover from that one!” (Buzzfeed)
12 Drive Me Crazy
Now, this photo has to be one of Melissa Joan Hart’s sexiest moments. We don’t even really see much skin, but the photo speaks volumes for her sex appeal. Her sexy blonde hair is tasseled, and she has a gaze that screams, “Take me!” Although she never really got the chance, Hart always wanted to play a bad character -- or at least one that appeared to be sinister. If she had to pick any TV series to star in, she always wanted to play on Pretty Little Liars. “I wanna be on PLL. They always look fabulous and all so sinister and evil. I wanna be on that.” She's always been typecast as the good girl, so we aren’t sure she could pull it off, but many actresses have surprised us in the past before. Maybe, one day, we'll see her play a character that's a little more outside the box.
11 Bikini Bod
Hart is looking as sexy as ever in a green bikini as she relaxes by the pool. Just looking at that smile brings us back to the '90s when everything just seemed a little bit cooler. With a flower in her hair, Hart looks as if she belongs out in the sun. Hart is from a big family, and you might be shocked to hear that she has six sisters. No wonder she's trying to set a good example. When it came time for Hart to have her own family, she thought for sure that she would have a girl because that’s just what she’s used to. “I have six sisters, so I assumed I'd have a girl. Learning I was having a boy was really weird.” Yes, that would be something that may be hard to get used to. We couldn’t imagine her poor father being in a household with that much estrogen.
10 Genie in a Bottle
We aren’t sure what Hart was trying to pull off here, but it certainly showed her fun side. Maybe there was an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch that required a genie, or perhaps, she was going to a costume party. Let’s cross our fingers that she wasn’t attending a red carpet event like this. We love this photo because it shows the fun girl that we remember from the '90s; plus, we get to see Hart’s sexy midriff. She’s a smart girl who's made some smart choices in her career, though sometimes, going the “smart” route can leave you out of some pretty awesome projects. “If I'm going to do something a little bit more adult, I'll do it if it's going to be on at a different time slot or if it's going to be something that kids won't be able to get their hands on.”
9 Seductive Gaze
Melissa Joan Hart was never one of those actresses to do a lot of sexy shoots, though she does have a couple. Maybe, people just wanted to keep that innocence that she had throughout Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Either way, it's refreshing when we do see a photo that's out of the norm because it makes us think that maybe, she does have a little bad girl in her. This girl is all about the nitty gritty; she wants to see the story behind the story. When it comes to the happy endings in most movies, especially ones from Disney, she wants to see what happens when the curtain closes. “I'm not a happy-ending person. I want to know what happens once Cinderella rides off with Prince Charming.” It’s true, though. What happens when two virtual strangers get married and then try to live together afterward?
8 Blast From the Past
Here, Hart is with her old buddy Britney Spears. This picture is truly a blast from the past. When Melissa Joan Hart starred in Drive Me Crazy, Britney Spears was brought in because her song by the same name was created for the movie. Hart also starred in Spears’s video, and the two became fast friends. They both look so young here that it’s hard to believe how much time has passed. There have been times in interviews where it seemed as if Hart regretted some of the choices she made when she decided to pick family-friendly parts. It’s easy to be typecast in Hollywood, and when you want to move on from that, it can be hard to do. “I'd always done family-friendly stuff. I wanted to do a film where I could show my darker side and make people uncomfortable.”
7 Back to That Time
Remember when tight leather pants were the cool style for girls? We might have to admit that we wore them a time or two ourselves. This photo really takes us back to the '90s and to the time when Hart was making the most of her career on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It’s funny to think that a completely different generation is watching those reruns today. She's in tight leather pants and a simple shirt, but Hart has never looked better than she does here. We love her fun attitude and that megawatt smile. She's always been a fan-favorite over the years, and we were sad when her career started downward in recent years. She has, however, dabbled a lot in directing, and she enjoys it quite a bit. “Eventually, everyone said, why don't you direct? It would save time. And that's how it started.”
6 Famous Friends
Wait! What? Is that Ryan Reynolds? These pictures really bring us back to another time. It’s cool to see actors and how they've grown over the years. It seems as if Hart was successful during a time when Reynolds had a very unsuccessful career. There were moments in Reynolds's career when we all thought he would never make it, and now, he’s mega-famous, while Hart has seemed to have gone off the grid. Reynolds actually starred in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch movie, and the two even had a make-out session. The movie was Reynolds's first acting gig, and he was unknown at the time. He was much younger than Hart, and that hair didn’t do him any favors. Hart didn’t let things get any further because she said he was too young. We’re wondering if she’s regretting that now.
5 Crazy Hair
There's just something sexy about this photo where Hart is looking at you like she wants to eat you whole with a whole lot of crazy hair. We dig it, though; it works for her. Maybe she was trying to depict a jungle cat in this photo. Either way, we're all for it. You might be surprised to find out this wholesome actress has considered getting into politics. She's played political characters before, and judging by her values, she would probably do a good job. “I have thought a lot about getting into politics. I’m getting really into being like a newshound and a news junkie, and I love to debate and talk about controversial topics with people. So, I don't know... I think it would be really interesting. But not yet!” We think she would make an excellent politician.
4 The Amazon
You might be wondering what kind of photo shoot this was, and you wouldn’t be the only one. She looked crazy hot in this Indian-inspired shoot that really makes her look like an Amazon. We love the messy wet hair and the intense look that she's giving us. You can almost feel the heat radiating from the photo. We’ve always thought that it must be pretty weird to work with a talking cat that really isn’t real. In fact, it could easily make acting the part difficult. “There were three different ways you did Salem. There was a stuffed cat, a live cat, and an animatronic cat. And so, depending on what the scene called for, sometimes, you'd have all three. So, it was always fun, but it was always a challenge. The set smelled like cat food; it was kind of gross.” (Buzzfeed)
3 Film Noir
This photo is truly unforgettable. We don’t normally see Hart in this way. She's posing seductively in a vintage-inspired photo. She looks as if she's a model in this photo. She's proven that she can pull off any look that she puts her mind to. She’s always had some issues with her weight, though we think she's always looked great. She discussed the anxiety about an outfit she had in the movie Drive Me Crazy. “I wore the red halter — it was built for me, but it was really rough. I wore that for like, most of the movie. But I do remember working like crazy; I mean, I was working out twice a day and juicing non-stop that entire movie because I didn't think I was in good enough shape to be in that outfit, and now, I'm like, 'Why didn't I just enjoy that?' But I was working hard. I was swimming, I was going in a sauna because I had to be in a bikini in one of the scenes, and I was so nervous about it. But I was 22! It was fine.”
2 Black Lingerie
Yes, Hart can certainly pull off sexy when she wants to, and this photo proved that. Her blonde hair is left down and messy, and she looks amazing in a pair of black panties. We noticed throughout her photos, when she's wearing just panties or bikini bottoms, that they're always high waisted. We wonder if that's a conscious choice based on her views of trying to be “family-friendly.” It’s possible that when it comes to photo shoots, she'll only go so far. Hart has seven credits in directing so far, and she feels that it suits her more than acting does. She just completed directing the movie The Watcher in the Woods. “I don't think I'm great at acting. I think I'm great at directing. I love directing. It's where my heart is, and it's the way my mind works.”
1 Red Hot Hart
This might be the most scandalous that we ever see Hart, but that’s okay; we love her just the way she is. There's something so appealing about a girl who's determined to be a class act no matter what the industry throws at her. She's laying there, showing off her gorgeous curves with the clasp of her bra undone. There's a small smile playing on her lips, and those bright blue eyes are just mesmerizing. Hart has said that she would love to give up technology if only for a little while and rough it for a bit. “I would love to live without technology. I would love to live the Amish lifestyle for like maybe two weeks. I’d love to have to figure out what that’s like — go get your eggs, go find your milk, go walk to the neighbor's house, and I don't know... churn butter? I think that would be very exciting. Technology, I don't know... it’s kind of like another job. I kind of would love to have to get rid of it.” (Buzzfeed)
Sources: brainyquote.com; buzzfeed.com