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Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison SDCC 2014
General Information
Gender: Female
Nicknames: Jen
J-mo
Jenny Morrison
Birthday: April 12, 1979
Age: 37
Hometown: Arlington Heights, Illinois
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Social Networks: Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Other Information
Height: 5' 5¼"
Occupation(s): Actress
Model
Producer
director
Education: South Middle School
Prospect High School
Loyola University Chicago
Steppenwolf Theatre Company (studied)
Talents: Acting
Directing
Family & Friends
Family: Julia Morrison (sister)
Daniel Morrison (brother)
David L. Morrison (father)
Judy Morrison (mother)
Relationships: Jesse Spencer (ex-fiance)
Amaury Nolasco (ex-boyfriend)
Sebastian Stan (ex-boyfriend)
Pet(s): Ava (dog)
Series Information
Character: Emma Swan
First appearance: Pilot

Jennifer Marie Morrison is an American actress, model, producer, and director. She is known for her roles as Dr. Allison Cameron in the medical drama series House (2004–2012) and Emma Swan in the ABC adventure fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011–present). She also has portrayed Zoey Pierson, one of Ted Mosby's love interests on the comedy series How I Met Your Mother, Winona Kirk, mother of James T. Kirk in the 2009 science fiction film Star Trek, and Tess Conlon in the 2011 sports drama film Warrior.

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Early Life

Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is the oldest of three children; her sister, Julia, is a singer-songwriter and music therapist, and her brother, Daniel, is a high school band director. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher and high school band director who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003.

Morrison attended South Middle School, and then graduated from Prospect High School (where her parents worked) in 1997. She was friends with writer Ian Brennan. She was an All-State clarinet player in the school's marching band, sang in the choir, and was a cheerleader in the school pep squad. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. She studied at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting.

Career

1990s

Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward, and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. She was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star, Michael Jordan, in May 1992.Morrison made her feature film debut at the age of 14 in the 1994 film Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in Stir of Echoes (1999).

2000s

Morrison's first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind (2003), Surviving Christmas (2004), and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). In 2004, Morrison won the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House. She played this role for the first six seasons of the show, from 2004 to 2009. Morrison's character left in 2009 in an episode called "Teamwork", but returned in the 2010 episode "Lockdown". Cameron's story concluded at this point. Morrison returned in Season 8 for the series finale "Everybody Dies" in 2012. In 2006, Morrison starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. She is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively, but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands. In 2007, Morrison appeared as Kirce James in the computer game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, a character who frequently interacts with the player during the course of the GDI campaign. Her film projects that year included Big Stan and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television film based on the book of the same name by Noel Botham. Produced by Lifetime and Working Title Television, Morrison portrays an American journalist, Rachel, who witnesses the car crash which took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. In 2009, Morrison returned to the big screen, appearing in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk's mother, Winona. After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced in December 2009 that Morrison had won the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller's mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker.

2010s

In the fall of 2010 Morrison appeared as a guest-star in the fourth episode of NBC's Chase. She played the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive, who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her little daughter. She then joined the cast of CBS's How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Pierson, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and "the biggest female character we've maybe ever added to the show in Ted's life", according to executive producer Craig Thomas.

In 2011, Morrison appeared in Warrior, a film about two estranged brothers who enter a mixed martial arts tournament and are forced to confront their struggling relationship with each other and with their father. Morrison plays the wife of Joel Edgerton's character, struggling to keep her family together. Since October 2011, Morrison has had a starring role in ABC's Once Upon a Time. She plays the role of Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector who turns out to be the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.

In April 2016 Morrison launched her own film production company, Apartment 3C Productions, named after the apartment she shared with her friends during her time at Loyola University Chicago. She directed her first feature film, Sun Dogs, under this label during the summer of 2016.

In March 2017, it was announced that Morrison was cast as Stephanie in an off-Broadway revival of the play The End of Longing. The limited engagement is set to run from May through June 2017.

On May 8, 2017, Morrison announced via social media that she will not be returning to Once Upon a Time as a series regular for season seven, while also noting that she has agreed to return as a guest for one episode.

Personal life

Morrison began dating her House co-star, Jesse Spencer, in 2004. Spencer proposed to Morrison at the Eiffel Tower on December 23, 2006, and the two had planned to marry later in the year. In August 2007 they called off their engagement.

Filmography

Year TV Show/Movie Medium Role
1994 Intersection Meaghan Eastman (as Jenny Morrison)
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Denice
1999 Stirs of Echoes Samantha (as Jenny Morrison)
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Amy Mayfield
2001 The Zeros Joyce
2001 The Chronicle TV Series Gwen
2001 Touched by an Angel TV Series Melissa Dunnigan
2002 Design Sonya Mallow
2002 Any Day Now TV Series Mandy Singer
2001 - 2002 Dawson's Creek TV Series Melanie Shea Thompson
2002 The Random Years TV Series Megan
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie TV Movie Callie
2002 Nantucket Alicia
2002 Girl Fever Annie
2003 The Edge TV Movie
2003 Grind Jamie
2004 The Sure Hand of God Lily Bowser
2004 Surviving Christmas Missy Vangilder
2004 Lift Short Sarah
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jade - Associate #2
2005 Mall Cop Chris
2006 Flourish Gabrielle Winters
2006 The Script Short Christie
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Video Game Kirce James - GDI Intelligence Officer
2007 The Murder of Princess Diana TV Movie Rachel Visco
2007 Big Stan Mindy
2009 Star Trek Winona Kirk
2009 Table for Three Leslie
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show TV Series Wasp
2010 Chase TV Series Faith Maples
2011 Bringing Ashley Home TV Movie Ashley
2011 Prodigal Short Agent Rachel Mintz
2011 Warrior Tess Conlon
2011 Five TV Movie Sheila
2012 Knife Fight Angela Anderson
2004 - 2012 House TV Series Dr. Allison Cameron
2013 Some Girl(s) Sam
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Winona Kirk
2013 Alpha Alert White
2010 - 2014 How I Met Your Mother TV Series Zoey Pierson
2015 Mattresside Short Angelica
2015 To Dust Return Short Sharon Reynolds
2016 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion The Abbess
2016 The Darkness Joy Carter
2016 The List (completed) Katherine Stern
2017 Amityville: The Awakening (completed) Candice
2011 - 2017 Once Upon a Time TV Series Emma Swan
Black Roads (post-production) Callie Mercer
2017 Sun Dogs (completed) Marie
2017 All Creatures Here Below (post-production) Penny

Trivia

  • Played clarinet in high school marching and symphonic bands.
  • Former high school cheerleader; sang in her high school choir.
  • Has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with Michael Jordan when she was around 10 or 11 years old.
  • Is a Chicago Cubs fan.
  • Friends with Ashlee Simpson and has guest-starred on the latter's show on MTV several times.
  • Has portrayed a Ball State University student in commercials for the school titled "Everything You Need", even though she wasn't then and never has been a student at the university.
  • A former child model. She did print advertisements for JC Penney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo.
  • 2007: Was chosen for the Top 10 of TV's Sexiest Stars for TV Guide's 2007 Sexy Issue along with the likes of Evangeline Lilly, Eva Longoria, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Holloway.
  • Her favorite television series are Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003), Battlestar Galactica (2004) (she especially likes the character of Starbuck), The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) and Planet Earth (2006).
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