Melissa Joan Hart is feeling grateful for the opportunities.
The “Clarissa Explains It All” star, 45, landed a multi-year deal with Lifetime, which means Hart will star in multiple holiday movies and more on the cable channel. The actress confirmed the news on Instagram, adding a screenshot of Variety’s article about her.
Thankful & Happy
“So excited to continue my long relationship with my @lifetimetv friends both in the holiday genre and in the ‘ripped from the headlines’ arena,” Hart wrote in the share. “Big thanks to my team for pulling this deal together!”
Her fans were pleased with the news as they liked her post more than 13,000 times. Some fans expressed their excitement in the comments, leaving hundreds of messages.
Her Followers Congratulated Her
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“👏👏👏 our little Christmas star shaking it up! You know you are really going to have to sell the hoarder bit to those of us who know how much you like to organize,” a follower noted.
“Congratulations and you deserve it. All those Christmas movies you made are all Awww so heart warming,” added another commenter.
“One of my favorite actresses. Congratulations! This is terrific news! Can’t wait to binge on your movies,” remarked the third admirer.
“We love you @melissajoanhart and glad you’ve got a new deal but what we really want to see is you as Sabrina Spellman again with the original full cast either on tv or a big film production,” wrote a different user.
Landing A Big Deal
According to the magazine, Hart will star on “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” holiday movies, as well as the 2013 made-for-TV film “Dirty Little Secret” at Lifetime, as part of her new multi-year deal with the cable channel.
The “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” star will not only act but will also direct and executive produce several movies for Lifetime. Hart will play a mother hiding her extreme hoarding tendencies that are destroying her family on “Dirty Little Secret,” which is set to debut this summer.
Hart is also set to star in and executive produce new films for Lifetime’s 2022 and 2023 Christmas slates. She has already starred in six holiday films for the cable channel, including “Mistletoe in Montana,” “Dear Christmas,” and “A Very Merry Toy Store.”
In addition, she has executive produced several Lifetime movies with her production company Hartbreak Films.
Getting Candid On Motherhood
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While she’s successful in her career, Hart’s “favorite role is Mommy to my 3 boys,” as per her Instagram bio.
In an interview with US Weekly in November 2016, Hart talked about having “mom guilt.”
“I have a sign in my house that says ‘please pardon the mess, my children are making memories,'” Hart said at the time of her kids, Mason, 16, Braydon, 13, and Tucker, 9, who she shared with husband Mark Wilkerson.
“I think that’s important to remember. They’re only little once, and there’ll be some day where I’m not picking up Legos and Silly Putty isn’t stuck to my couch and I can actually have a clean house. But those are the days that I’ll miss my kids,” she continued.
“I have mom guilt that I’m here right now and I didn’t put my kids on the school bus … I didn’t spend enough time with this one… didn’t pack a healthy-enough lunch. I threw away some toys that they love,” the actress admitted.
“You really have this guilt every single day, and it eats away at you that you’re not a good person and you can’t do it right,” she added.
The ‘Best Compliment’
She’s popularly known as the relatable teen Clarissa Darling on “Clarissa Explains it All” and the teenager who finds out she has magical powers on “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.”
Hart told TODAY in December that she loves when fans tell her “I grew up with you.”
“It’s been decades of hearing, ‘You know, I grew up with you,’ I heard Daniel Radcliffe say it and I’ve heard like, all these people say, ‘I grew up with you.’ And you’re like, what? … It’s the best compliment,” she shared.
At the time, the “Melissa & Joey” star said she didn’t enjoy playing Sabrina Spellman, as her character was so different from her personality.
“With Sabrina, I was definitely acting because I was definitely playing against my type,” she noted. “You know, I was — I was never the wallflower. I was always the one doing a dance performance in the middle of the room. Or, you know, and here’s Sabrina, who just wants to be like, left alone and quiet.”