Jennifer Love Hewitt has rubbished reports she once dated ALEC BALDWIN - complaining she gets linked with every man she talks to.

The I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER star, 25, has laughed off stories she romanced 46-year-old Baldwin while they worked together on 2001's THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER.

Hewitt, who is dating an unnamed guy "in the business", says, "I mean, I had to laugh. Alec is a lovely guy but you've just got to ask yourself if that would make any sense.

"But I only have to be pictured with a guy and everyone assumes I'm dating him - when really I'm only helping him pick out flowers for his girlfriend.

"In any case, I do have someone in my life now and although he's not an actor, he's in the business. I hate talking about it because it's still in the early stages and I don't know if he's Mr Right."

As for Mr Right, Hewitt has a particular criteria she's looking for.

She explains, "I'd want someone very gentle who wants to take care of me, which is tricky in this business as I have be strong and straightforward during the day so it's hard for me to step back and be the girl.

"But I think my Mr Right would know how to do that, and hopefully I'll end up with someone romantic. It's very hard to out-do me on romance, but he's got to be prepared to try."

27/07/2004 17:31