In my career, I’ve interviewed a lot of interesting musicians and actors. But since many of the magazines and websites that originally published those stories aren’t around anymore, I’ve decided to pull some of the more interesting interviews out of my archive.
In light of recent news that she’ll be publishing an autobiography this October called Melissa Explains It All: Tales From My Abnormally Normal Life, I thought I’d be opportunistic and pull out the following interview, which was conducted in July of 1999, when she was doing Sabrina The Teenage Witch. It was used as the basis for the cover story I wrote about her the October issue of Bikini magazine. Which, along with the cover story Maxim ran on her the same month, wound up causing quite a stir. You’ll see why below.