Jennifer Love Hewitt joins Criminal Minds
Jennifer Love Hewitt is returning to TV following the birth of her baby girl.
The 35-year-old actress welcomed her first child with husband Brian Hallisay in November, shortly after the season finale of her US TV drama The Client List.
Entertainment Weekly now reports Hewitt will return to work in the fall, having landed a series regular role on CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, about a team of specialised federal investigators.
According to the outlet, Hewitt will play Kate Callahan, a "seasoned undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit".
Showrunner Erica Messer confirmed the news in a statement to EW.com, insisting the cast and crew are "thrilled" to have Hewitt on board. She also promised longtime viewers Hewitts's character won't disappoint.
"Many of us on the show have enjoyed working with her over the years and look forward to again. We have exciting storylines planned for her character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 10th season," Messer said.
Hewitt previously starred in The Client List as Samantha Dale Horton, a former beauty queen and mother-of-three who reluctantly takes a job at a massage parlour she discovers is a front for a prostitution ring. She featured in the series from its inception in 2012 through the finale in June 2013, the same month she announced her engagement to co-star Hallisay.
The couple married late last year and welcomed their daughter, Autumn.
Hewitt previously recalled Hallisay being a source of strength as she gave birth - so much so she even admitted he could consider switching careers.
"He was the most amazing man during labour ever!" she gushed to Us Weekly magazine back in April.
"Just solid as a rock, never wavered, never flinched, was like 'we're a team, let's do this.' He was absolutely amazing so I told him, 'If you don't want to be an actor one day you should be a doula!'" she gushed.