Jennifer Schwalbach Smith

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Jennifer Schwalbach Smith
Born Jennifer Schwalbach
(1971-04-07) April 7, 1971 (age 43)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Kevin Smith (1999–present)

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (born April 7, 1971), sometimes credited as Jennifer Schwalbach, is an American actress, former reporter for USA Today, digital broadcaster, and the wife of actor/writer/film director Kevin Smith.

Early life[edit]

Schwalbach grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. She attended college at Florida State University for two years before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Her father died in 1994.[1]

Career[edit]

Schwalbach received an internship at Buzz, which became a job after she graduated college.[2] She then became a news assistant and later a reporter for USA Today in Los Angeles. She was sent to interview Smith and married him soon after. She left her USA Today job and moved in with Smith in New Jersey.[2][3][3] She got a job briefly at MTV but quit after becoming pregnant with their daughter.[4] In Jersey, she helped Smith deal with the drug addiction of his friend Jason Mewes who was living with them. For several years she would witness Mewes' repeated cleanups and breakdowns. At one point she banned him from their house. Jason eventually got sober.[4]

According to his commentary for the DVD release of the 2001 film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Smith was looking for someone to play Missy, one of the female diamond robbers. Schwalbach asked to play the role and he decided to give her a chance. Their daughter, Harley, also appeared at the beginning of the film as the infant Silent Bob.

Schwalbach went on to make cameos in other Smith-related productions such as Jersey Girl (in which Harley also appeared), and an episode of the Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation in which Smith appeared in the episode "Goin' Down the Road: Part 1". She also played a prostitute in the 2002 film Now You Know.

In January 2004, Schwalbach Smith appeared partially nude, with a Superman look-alike, for Playboy Magazine's 50th Anniversary Issue, in a photograph taken by her husband.[5]

Her lone directorial credit is as co-director with Malcolm Ingram for Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party, an extensive 3+ hour documentary on the making of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The film was shown at Vulgarthon 2005 in Los Angeles, a private film festival hosted by Kevin Smith, and was shown again at Vulgarthon 2006 in Red Bank, New Jersey.

In 2006's Clerks II she played protagonist Dante Hicks' fiancée, Emma Bunting; and a minor role of Betsy in Smith's 2008 film Zack and Miri Make A Porno. Schwalbach appeared as Esther Cooper in Kevin Smith's horror film, Red State and voiced Blunt-Girl in Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.

Schwalbach was a co-host for the daily internet radio show called SMod Co SMorning Show on SModcast Internet Radio (S.I.R) hosted on SModcast.com. She previously co-hosted a show called Plus One Per Diem which was cancelled in favor of SMod Co SMorning Show.

In 2010 she and Kevin began co-hosting a podcast called Plus One. As of June 2013, there were 37 episodes.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Schwalbach married Kevin Smith on April 25, 1999. She became involved with Smith after interviewing him for USA Today regarding rumors that he was the true author of Good Will Hunting.[7] Their daughter, Harley Quinn, was born June 26, 1999, and was named after the character from Batman.[8] They live in the Hollywood Hills.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scoop Schwalbach Chases Chubbies", Plus One Episode 4, smodcast.com, accessed March 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Plus One, podcast number Four, 2010, smodcast.com
  3. ^ a b "Plus One" podcasts, especially episodes 1-4 & 34. Downloaded form smodcast.com in April 2013.
  4. ^ a b http://silentbobspeaks.com/?p=237 My Boring Ass Life, by Kevin Smith. Me And My Shadow, Parts 1-9 from silentbobspeaks.com
  5. ^ "Filmmaker Kevin Smith gets married - again". Associated Press. August 4, 2004. "Smith, a famous comic-book fan, also photographed her for Playboy magazine while she posed nude with a "Superman" look-alike." 
  6. ^ Smodcast.com, Plus One podcast homepage, retrieved 2013
  7. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JahtQ55Tssk#t=114s
  8. ^ "View Askew Productions – Harley Quinn Smith". Retrieved March 28, 2007. 
  9. ^ Stewart, Sara. "Kevin can wait", The New York Post, March 3, 2011

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