By now, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All fans have probably heard (from Life & Style) that star Melissa Joan Hart‘s upcoming memoir reveals some of her more scandalous secrets. Though the book, Melissa Explains It All—available Oct. 29—emphasizes the “normal” qualities of her life, she also discusses experimenting with drugs, being high during her infamous racy Maxim photo shoot and hooking up with guys like Jerry O’Connell.
But that’s not all that Hart reveals, from her early days auditioning for commercials to her current life as a working mom: Melissa Joan Hart’s memories of the 1990s will get your nostalgia going.
For example, the kissing didn’t stop at O’Connell. Her first onscreen kiss was with James Van Der Beek—even though she had begged the producers to cast anyone but him, since she didn’t think he was attractive.
Hart also claims that, during the Drive Me Crazy period of her life, she was the first person to ever sneak Britney Spears into a nightclub, a decision that seemed innocuous at the time. Hart was six years older than Spears, who Hart remembers are extremely sheltered and supervised. Hart told Spears’ bodyguard that they were going to have a homemade meal at Hart’s house but instead they went to Club Cherry in L.A.
And then there’s Ryan Reynolds. In the 1996 TV movie version of Sabrina—a character to which Hart’s mother had purchased the rights for her daughter, and which they used for a TV movie before going to series—he played her crush on-screen and, by the end of the shoot, off. Though Hart had a boyfriend at the time, Reynolds’ decision to give her an expensive watch when the movie wrapped convinced her that he had been flirting all along—and she decided to give him a kiss in return. They “fooled around,” Hart writes in her book, and his “wonderful” lips were a “distraction from how strongly he smelled of hair product.”
The book isn’t scratch and sniff, unfortunately, but take a look at a clip from the movie and see if you don’t get a whiff of that mousse…