Jennifer Morrison

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Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Morrison at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
BornJennifer Marie Morrison
(1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 34)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesJenny Morrison
OccupationActress, model, film producer
Years active1994–present
 
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Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Morrison at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
BornJennifer Marie Morrison
(1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 34)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesJenny Morrison
OccupationActress, model, film producer
Years active1994–present

Jennifer Marie Morrison (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, model and film producer. She is known for her role as Emma Swan in the ABC adventure fantasy television series Once Upon a Time, and Dr. Allison Cameron in House. She also portrayed Zoey Pierson in season six of How I Met Your Mother.

Early life[edit]

Jennifer Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is the eldest of three children with a sister, Julia, and a brother, Daniel. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher who was named teacher of the year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003.[1] Morrison's mother, Judy Morrison, is also a retired teacher.

Morrison attended South Middle School then graduated from Prospect High School in 1997 where her parents worked. She played clarinet in the school's marching band, sang in the choir and was a cheerleader with the school's pep squad. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. She studied with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.

Career[edit]

Jennifer Morrison at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight

Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. In May 1992, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.[2]

She made her film debut at the age of fifteen as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the 1994 film Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon in 1999. Her first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind with Adam Brody, Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.

She has worked on several hit television shows, including Touched by an Angel and Dawson's Creek before landing the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House in 2004 co-starring alongside Hugh Laurie. In 2006, she starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. Morrison is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, 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.[3]

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.

Jennifer Morrison at Paleyfest 2012

Her film projects that year included Big Stan alongside Rob Schneider, and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television movie 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.

Morrison has also appeared in music videos for Nick Lachey ("Shut Up"), and The Donnas ("Too Bad About Your Girl"). She also has appeared on two TV Guide covers with her House co-stars, and has been featured in photoshoots with In Style, Stuff, Entertainment Weekly and Premiere, among others. She is currently represented by Abrams Artists Agency.[4] Morrison landed the cover of Health in the 2009 July/August issue.

After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced on December 17, 2009, that Morrison had garnered the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller's mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker.[5] Morrison left House in season 6: episode 8 called "Teamwork". In 2010, however, she did make a return to House in season 6: episode 17 called "Lockdown", which was directed by Hugh Laurie. In the episode, she concluded her character's storyline.

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 daughter in tow.[6] She 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.[7][8][9]

In 2011, Morrison co-starred alongside Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte 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 Edgerton's character, struggling to keep her family together.[3] 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, whose biological son claims that she is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. She holds the key to saving the real and fantasy worlds.

Morrison returned to House in the series finale called "Everybody Dies" that aired on May 21, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Spencer and Morrison, May 17, 2007

Morrison started dating House co-star Jesse Spencer in July 2004.[10] Spencer proposed to Morrison on December 23, 2006, at the Eiffel Tower and the two had planned to marry later in 2007. In August 2007 the couple called off their engagement.[11]

Morrison dated her Once Upon a Time co-star Sebastian Stan from May 2012 to August 2013.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994IntersectionMeaghan Eastman
Miracle on 34th StreetDenice
1999Stir of EchoesSamantha Kozac
2000Urban Legends: Final CutAmy Mayfield
2001Zeros, TheThe ZerosJoyce
Chronicle, TheThe ChronicleGwenEpisode: "Let Sleeping Dogs Fry"
Touched by an AngelMelissa DunniganEpisode: "Most Likely to Succeed"
2001–2002Dawson's CreekMelanie Shea Thompson2 episodes
2002DesignSonya Mallow
Any Day NowMandy SingerEpisode: "In Too Deep"
Random Years, TheThe Random YearsMeganEpisode: "Pilot"
Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus BookieCallie
NantucketAlicia
100 WomenAnnie
2003Edge, TheThe Edge
GrindJamie
2004Mall CopChris
Sure Hand of God, TheThe Sure Hand of GodLily Bowser
Surviving ChristmasMissy Vanglider
LiftSarahShort film
2004–2012HouseDr. Allison Cameron130 episodes, Lead role
2005Mr. & Mrs. SmithJade
2006FlourishGabrielle Winters
2007Murder of Princess Diana, TheThe Murder of Princess DianaRachel
Big StanMindy
2009Star TrekWinona Kirk
Table for ThreeLeslie Green
Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad ShowWaspVoice only
3 episodes
2010ChaseFaith MaplesEpisode: "Paranoia"
2010–2011How I Met Your MotherZoey Pierson12 episodes
2011Bringing Ashley HomeAshley Phillips
FiveSheila
WarriorTess Conlon
2011–presentOnce Upon a TimeEmma SwanLead role
2012Stars in ShortsAgent Rachel Mintz
Knife FightAngela
Some Girl(s)Sam
2013Star Trek Into DarknessWinona Kirk (voice only)
2013Event 15White

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium WarsKirce James

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Band Teacher Marches on As 2003 Teacher of the Year". Illinois State Board of Education. March 22, 2003. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cover Viewer SI For Kids". 
  3. ^ a b "Jennifer Morrison:Answers to Twitter questions...". April 10, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 7, 2007). "Morrison To Star in Lifetime's "Diana"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  5. ^ The Broadway League. "The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "House's Morrison To Co-Star With Real-Life Love on NBC's Chase". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jennifer Morrison Joins HIMYM!". CBS. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ "'House' Alumna Jennifer Morrison Joins CBS Comedy 'How I Met Your Mother'". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Keck's Exclusives: Is Jennifer Morrison HIMYM's Mother?". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Engaged House Stars Prepare to Tie the Knot". People. July 6, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ Jordan, Julie (August 15, 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement". 
  12. ^ Shira, Dahvi (July 17, 2012). "Jennifer Morrison Dating Once Upon a Time Costar Sebastian Stan". 

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