Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Born: April 12, 1979
Age: 39
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Biography

Jennifer Marie Morrison (born April 12, 1979) 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 daughter in law. 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.

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

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Intersection Meaghan Eastman
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Denice
1999 Stir of Echoes Samantha Kozac
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Amy Mayfield
2001 Zeros, TheThe Zeros Joyce
2002 Design Sonya Mallow
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Callie
2002 Nantucket Alicia
2002 100 Women Annie
2003 Grind Jamie
2004 Mall Cop Chris
2004 Sure Hand of God, TheThe Sure Hand of God Lily Bowser
2004 Surviving Christmas Missy Vanglider
2004 Lift Sarah Short film
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jade
2006 The Script Christie Short film
2006 Flourish Gabrielle Winters Producer
2007 The Murder of Princess Diana Rachel Visco Nominated—OFTA Television Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries (2007)
2007 Big Stan Mindy
2009 Star Trek Winona Kirk Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble by a Cast (2009)
Denver Film Critics Society for Best Acting Ensemble (2009)
2009 Table for Three Leslie Green
2011 Bringing Ashley Home Ashley Phillips PRISM Award for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries (2012)
2011 Warrior Tess Conlon
2012 Stars in Shorts Agent Rachel Mintz Segment: "Prodigal"
2012 Knife Fight Angela
2013 Some Girl(s) Sam
2013 Alpha Alert Lt. White
2014 The List Katherine Stern
2015 To Dust Return Sharon Reynolds Short film
2015 Mattresside Angelica Short film
2015 Warning Labels Short film
Director
Nominated—Tribeca Film Festival for Best Narrative Short (2015)
2016 The Darkness Joy Carter
2017 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion The Abbess
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Candice
2017 Sun Dogs Marie Director, producer
2017 All Creatures Here Below Penny

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Chronicle Gwen Episode: "Let Sleeping Dogs Fry"
2001 Touched by an Angel Melissa Episode: "Most Likely to Succeed"
2001-2002 Dawson's Creek Melanie Shay Thompson 2 episodes
2002 Any Day Now Mandy Singer Episode: "In Too Deep"
2002 The Random Years Megan Episode: "Pilot"
2004-2012 House Dr. Allison Cameron 130 episodes
2009 Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show Wasp Voice
3 episodes
2010 Chase Faith Maples Episode: "Paranoia"
2010-2014 How I Met Your Mother Zoey Pierson 13 episodes
2011 Five Sheila Segment: "Charlotte"
2011-present Once Upon a Time Emma Swan Main role

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2002 "Too Bad About Your Girl" The Donnas
2003 "Shut Up" Nick Lachey
2005 "Dark Blue" Jack's Mannequin
2015 "What I Want" Will Butler
2015 "Demon Days (Do It All Again)" Wild Wild Horses Also director

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Kirce James

Theatre

Year Title Role Theatre
2010 The Miracle Worker Kate Keller Circle in the Square Theatre
2017 The End of Longing Stephanie Lucille Lortel Theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House Nominated
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Colin O'Donoghue) Once Upon a Time Nominated
2015 Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock (with Colin O'Donoghue) Nominated
Kids' Choice Award Favorite TV Actress Nominated
2016 Favorite TV Actress Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Liplock Won
Trailblazer Award HollyShorts 2016 Trailblazer Award (Women in Film) Groundbreaking Actress, Director, and Producer Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress Once Upon a Time Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]