In an interview with The Daily Beast, Hunt said that part of the reason she shifted into low gear after her late '90s boom was due to her Oscar win for As Good As It Gets. That led to "a deal at Sony," which led to her going into writing mode.
"When I wasn't getting acting jobs all the time that I liked, I was writing and writing and writing. Ten years of that. That's how Then She Found Me happened," Hunt said, adding, "As that was happening, I'd just been in the last big wave of movies about people talking to each other and trying to love each other, so as that was shrinking, I was trying to make one of those movies. So I kept rewriting it subtly."
On top of that, Hunt said during this time, studios not only stopped financing the kind of films she typically made, but she also wasn't particularly fond of the genre in the first place. "That's what I don't get, the economic thing. And [the bankers] famously don't read them. They'll say, 'Helen Hunt in a romantic comedy, you can have $3.4 million," Hunt said, adding, "There's also 'dramedy,' which is my least favorite word—even though I've made two of them."
In other words: Hunt and the studios got sick of the kind of movies she was making at the exact same time.