Born in Chicago, Illinois on April 12, 1979 to David and Judy, both teachers, Jennifer is an actress and model probably best known to audiences for her role as Emma Swan on the series Once Upon a Time.
Jennifer is the oldest of three kids and she grew up in the affluent suburb of Arlington Heights. She said, I wouldnt want to have started out anywhere else. Wed pack snacks in our little purses and go see the high school musicals. It was a big deal (michiganavemag.com).
Jennifer Morrison went to South Middle School and graduated from Prospect High School in 1997. Among her activities, she played clarinet in the marching band, sang choir and cheered in the pep squad. Jennifer Morrison later graduated from Loyola University Chicago and then studied with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
As a child, she was a model and appeared in advertisements for JC Penney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with Michael Jordan when she was 10. Its the most starstruck Ive been in my life. I didnt know what to say to him!
Jennifer made her acting debut at 15 in the film Intersection. Other roles followed, including parts in Stir of Echoes, Urban Legends: Final Cut, Grind, Surviving Christmas, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Star Trek, Big Stan and the television shows Touched by an Angel, Dawsons Creek, How I Met Your Mother, Chase and House. She was most recently seen on Once Upon a Time.
Jennifer Morrison was also credited as an associate producer on Glee during its first season.
Her other projects include her appearance in the computer game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and music videos for Nick Lachey and The Donnas.
Jennifer Morrison has appeared on a variety of magazine covers, including Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Premiere, In Style and Stuff.
She said about dating the wrong guys, I really do see the good in people, and I dont want to change that. Thats really how I view things, so sometimes Ill look past a lot of huge red flags because I see something else in someone. Then, of course, it always comes back to haunt me in the long run (askmen.com).
Jennifer Morrison said her morning routine involves a vitamin and vegetable breakfast shake, and then oatmeal and a kale shake for lunch. The luxury is getting to dinner. For dinner I can have whatever I want.
Of her career, Jennifer said, So often people say, Oh my God, it happened overnight! They dont see the years of hard work. I love the hard-work part.
Jennifer Morrison lives in Los Angeles.
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