Looking back, Melissa Joan Hart remembers her teenage romance with Ryan Reynolds. During a recent visit to Hey Dude… The 90s Called!, Hart, 46, reflected on her time as a Nickelodeon celebrity. Hart admitted to hosts David Lascher and Christine Taylor that she was unaware of the magnitude of the success of her successful sitcom Clarissa Explains It All.
She also said that one of the Nickelodeon shows she watched at the time was teen drama Fifteen, which starred Reynolds, now 46, and Chris William Martin, who also goes by Corky Martin. “I dated Corky and kind of had a little thing with Ryan,” Hart revealed.
“I met Corky… in Utah or something at a Nick Takes Over Your School [event] and we started phone dating from Vancouver to Orlando,” she continued, before referencing Reynolds’ role in another one of her popular projects. “And then I worked on Ryan Reynolds on the first Sabrina [the Teenage Witch] movie. The first movie we did, Ryan was in it.”
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Fans are aware that Hart portrayed Sabrina the Teenage Witch from 1996 to 2003. Hart played Sabrina in the 1996 TV movie of the same name, where Reynolds played her character’s love interest Seth before the show began airing on ABC and The WB for seven seasons. Hart admitted in 2017 that she regretted not taking their relationship further in the past with Reynolds.
“We were smitten and cute. He was adorable. He was a really nice guy,” Hart told Australia’s Studio 10 talk show at the time. Hart recalled a different Reynolds than the one Deadpool fans currently adore when Reynolds was 19 and filming the Archie comics adaption.
“He wasn’t like, the Ryan Reynolds everybody knows these days,” she said after a clip of the film played. “You can see, in the clip, the crazy hair. He was sweet — he was very sweet.” “I had a boyfriend at the time,” she said. “[He] probably would have been a great boyfriend. And I didn’t end up with the other guy, so maybe I should have taken a chance!”
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