Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Birth name: Jennifer Marie Morrison
Born: April 12, 1979
Age: 39
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Biography

Jennifer Marie Morrison (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, producer, and former child model. 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 (2011-2018). 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

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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 had a starring role in ABC's Once Upon a Time. She played 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 December 2017, it was announced that Netflix had acquired worldwide streaming rights to the film.

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 performance lasted from May 18 to July 1, 2017.

On May 8, 2017, Morrison announced via social media that she would not be returning to Once Upon a Time as a series regular for season seven, while also noting that she had agreed to return as a guest for one episode. That one episode was the season's second episode, which aired in October 2017. However, she ultimately returned for the series finale, set to air in May 2018.

Morrison co-starred in Amityville: The Awakening as Candice. Originally shot in 2014, the film was ultimately released on Google Play on October 12, 2017, with a limited theatrical release on October 28, 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 but in August 2007 they called off their engagement. In summer 2012, Morrison and Sebastian Stan met on the Once Upon A Time set and dated for a year, breaking up in mid-2013.

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
2007 Big Stan Mindy
2009 Star Trek Winona Kirk
2009 Table for Three Leslie Green
2011 Bringing Ashley Home Ashley Phillips
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
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Winona Kirk Voice Only
2014 The List Katherine Stern
2015 To Dust Return Sharon Reynolds Short film
2015 Mattresside Angelica Short film
2015 Warning Labels Short film; director
2016 The Darkness Joy Carter
2016 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion The Abbess
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Candice
2017 Sun Dogs Marie Director, producer
2017 All Creatures Here Below Penny
2017 Assassination Nation Margie Duncan
2018 Back Roads Callie Mercer

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"
2001-02 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"
2004-12 House Dr. Allison Cameron 108 episodes
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Wasp 3 episodes; voice role
2010 Chase Faith Maples Episode: "Paranoia"
2010-14 How I Met Your Mother Zoey Pierson 13 episodes
2011 Five Sheila Segment: "Charlotte"
2011-18 Once Upon a Time Emma Swan Leading role (Season 1-6); Special guest star (Season 7); 137 episodes

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

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2009 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards 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 Awards Favorite TV Actress Nominated
2016 Favorite TV Actress Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Liplock Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]