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16 Magazine Article

Here's the little article/interview about Melissa in the Nov 96 '16'magazine, p. 84.


Melissa -- FROM CLARISSA TO SABRINA!

She's Starring In A 'Be-Witchin' New TV Show - 16 Explains It All!

Most of the TV-watchin' world knows Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa Darling, star of the long-running and popular Nickelodeon show, Clarissa Explains It All.
That show ended it's run as Clarissa went off to New York to become a reporter - her first exclusive scoop might just be called 'The Morphing Of Melissa'.
That's because the talented 20 year old can now be seen each Friday night on ABC as Sabrina, The Teenage Witch!
Listen as 16 asks all - and Melissa tells.

Q: How did the idea come about for Sabrina, The Teenage Witch?
Melissa: Sabrina is a famous comic strip character, and when we were looking for a project, we thought it would be cool. So we did a ShowtimeTV-movie first - and now, the series.

Q: What kind of witch will Sabrina be?
Melissa: A typical teenage witch, if there is such a thing. She's going to have a tough time figuring out her powers, and how to use them. There are certain things she's not allowed to do - like use her powers to get a boy to like her.

Q: Speaking of boys, tell us about the character of Harvey.
Melissa: Harvey is Sabrina's best friend - which might develop into a love interest. Anyway, he's being played by Nate Richert who's a newcomer, but really great. And Sabrina's got a best friend, Jennie, who's being played by Michelle Beaudoin. The 'bad girl', Libby, is Jenna Lee Green.

Q: In real life, have You ever wished for special powers?
Melissa: I used to want to be able to stop time! Like if you're having a good time, or if you're with people you love, you don't want the time to end.

Q: Have You ever wished You could put a spell on a guy to get him to like You?
Melissa: Oh, yeah. Definitely.

Q: What's the silliest thing You ever did to get a boy to notice You?
Melissa: I can't think of any one specific thing, but I guess I say pretty stupid stuff a lot. My friends make fun of me for saying stupid things to guys. My sister always tells me I'm goofy.

Q: Sabrina, The Teenage Witch is on the same night as Clueless - is it true You auditioned for a part in that show?
Melissa: Yes, but that was before we knew Sabrina was going to be a series. I auditioned for the part of Cher, but I could never have played her. I just can't do the 'valley girl' thing. I can play a witch, I can play Clarissa and I can play evil - like in the TV movie where I killed my parents - but I just can't be clueless!

Q: What's Your favorite sport?
Melissa: Snowboarding - I've been doing it for five or six years.

Q: Isn't snowboarding dangerous?
Melissa: No more so than skiing. It depends on which body parts are more precious to you!

Q: Okay - what body parts are at risk in snowboarding?
Melissa: Your wrist, your tailbone, your head! You can hurt your head a lot.

Q: Have You ever broken any bones snowboarding?
Melissa: No, but I've hurt myself. I once landed so hard on my tailbone that I started throwing up. Another time, I landed on my head and I had whiplash - that was when I was in Utah, guest-starring on a episode ofTouched By An Angel. I couldn't let anyone know I was hurt, because we were shooting, but I couldn't turn my head.

Q: Are You a dare devil?
Melissa: No, I'm kind of a wimp. But I try not to be on the snowboard - that's where I try to take out a lot of aggression and go crazy.

Q: What else do You do for fun?
Melissa: Bike riding, tennis and going to the movies - movies are my favorite.

Q: Where can fans write to You?
Melissa: The best address is Melissa Joan Hart, c/o Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, ABC-TV, 2040 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
Let me know what you think of Sabrina.


Any comments mail me at eric@ezz.u-net.com

Eric Last, November 8th 1996

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