Jennifer Love Hewitt Teases “9-1-1”'s Big Wedding and Why Maddie and Chimney Are 'Magical' Together (Exclusive)

Jennifer Love Hewitt Teases “9-1-1”'s Big Wedding and Why Maddie and Chimney Are 'Magical' Together (Exclusive)

The wedding episode airs Thursday, May 2 on ABC

Wedding bells are about to ring on 9-1-1. Well, probably.

In promos for the new episode, airing Thursday, May 2 on ABC, the groom, Howard "Chimney" Han (Kenneth Choi) is missing and without his tuxedo while his groomsmen, Buck (Oliver Stark) and Eddie (Ryan Guzman), look disheveled as they try to recover from a Hangover-like bachelor party. The bride, Maddie Buckley (Jennifer Love Hewitt), meanwhile, is stressed and ultimately runs out of the venue to find Chimney.

But before fans can find out what all that's about — and if the wedding will even happen — Hewitt, 45, shares in the exclusive behind-the-scenes video above why she has been rooting for Maddie and Chimney since the very beginning.

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<p>Disney/Chris Willard</p> Ryan Guzman, Oliver Stark and Jennifer Love Hewitt on '9-1-1'

Disney/Chris Willard

Ryan Guzman, Oliver Stark and Jennifer Love Hewitt on '9-1-1'

"My very first day of work, Tim [Minear, an executive producer] was like, 'What do you want to do on 9-1-1 as Maddie?'" Hewitt recalls of joining the cast in season 2. "I said, 'I want Maddie to fall in love with Chimney.' And he was like, 'Why? You guys just met.' I was like, 'There is just something about him that feels right for her and I think it would be really good. And we got to do it!"

She adds, "It's just been amazing. [Choi is] like truly one of my favorite people on the earth and we just love Maddie and Chimney so much together. And the audience really responded to it and when that happens, it's just like magical."

As for the wedding itself, Hewitt admits, "it has been a long time coming. I think it feels more like that for the audience than for us. I think they've been waiting a long time, but I'm excited. It's really good."

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<p>ABC</p> Jennifer Love Hewitt on '9-1-1'


Jennifer Love Hewitt on '9-1-1'

Hewitt, who shares three children with her husband of more than a decade, actor Brian Hallisay since 2013, also shared the moment she was able to have as Maddie that she didn't experience in preparation for her own wedding.

"It was very sweet. Alayna [Bell-Price], the costume designer on the show, actually made like a real bridal suite because I didn't get to do that in my own life," Hewitt says. "So we go in and there were all these dresses. It was really nice. I think someone in the room cried even. It wasn't me this time. I usually cry but I didn't."

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When they found the dress Maddie would ultimately wear, they knew it. "It just felt like Maddie to us, so we were really excited about it."

Watch the video above to see the "wedding gift" Hewitt made for Choi.

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