Ginnifer Goodwin

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Not to be confused with Jennie Goodwin.
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ginnifer Goodwin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Jennifer Michelle Goodwin
(1978-05-22) May 22, 1978 (age 38)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma mater Boston University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Josh Dallas (m. 2014)
Children 2

Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin[1] (born May 22, 1978)[2] is an American actress. She is best known[according to whom?] for her roles as Margene Heffman in the drama series Big Love (2006–2011), Snow White in the fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011–present), and Judy Hopps in the Disney animated film Zootopia. She also appeared in various films including Mona Lisa Smile, Something Borrowed, Walk the Line, Killing Kennedy, and He's Just Not That Into You.

Early life[edit]

Goodwin was born in Memphis, Tennessee.[3] Her mother, Linda (née Kantor), is a former educator and "stay-at-home mom" who later worked for FedEx and Apple.[4] Her father, Tim Goodwin, formerly owned and operated a recording studio.[5] Goodwin changed her name from "Jennifer" to "Ginnifer" to distinguish her name, and to assist in pronunciation of her name in her regional dialect.[6] Her younger sister, Melissa Goodwin, is a stop motion animator on shows such as Robot Chicken, on which Ginnifer has also appeared as voice talent.

Her father is Christian with Welsh ancestry, and her mother is Jewish. Goodwin was raised attending synagogue on Saturdays and Unitarian church on Sundays.[5][7] She was both baptized and had a bat mitzvah service.[8] In her youth, Goodwin was affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth, and was active in BBYO at the Jewish Community Center in Memphis.[9] She went to school at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. She then graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996, then attended Hanover College (majoring in Theater) for one year before moving on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University. While a student at BU, she performed in numerous student short films, as well as several college and local stage productions. Goodwin was given the "Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award" by the Bette Davis Foundation, and graduated with honors. After her time at Boston University, she studied in England at Stratford Upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year she earned an "Acting Shakespeare Certificate" at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[citation needed]


Goodwin first had roles in the popular NBC television programs Law & Order and Ed before appearing in the Comedy Central television movie Porn 'n Chicken. She later had substantial roles in the films Mona Lisa Smile, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Walk the Line—in which she portrayed Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife—and Birds of America. She also played Dori Dumchovic in the dark comedy Love Comes to the Executioner.[10] Goodwin played a leading role as Margene Heffman, the third wife in a polygamous family, on the HBO original series Big Love, which concluded on March 20, 2011. Goodwin has recurring voice roles in the Adult Swim show Robot Chicken, the animation of which her younger sister Melissa Goodwin is involved.

In 2008, Max Mara honored Goodwin with a "Face of the Future" award, an award recognizing up and coming women in film.[11]

Goodwin played Gigi in He's Just Not That into You, which was released in February 2009. For this role, she received a nomination for the People's Choice Award for Breakout Movie Actress.[12] In April 2009 she began filming Ramona and Beezus (playing "Aunt Bea").[13]

Since 2011, Goodwin has played a leading role in the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time. She plays both the fairy tale heroine Snow White and her real world counterpart, schoolteacher Mary Margaret Blanchard.[14]

Goodwin voiced Judy Hopps, the protagonist rabbit police officer in Disney's Zootopia.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Goodwin dated actor Joey Kern and they became engaged in December 2010.[16] They ended the engagement in May 2011.[17] Goodwin subsequently began dating her Once Upon a Time co-star Josh Dallas in fall 2011.[18] Goodwin and Dallas became engaged in October 2013,[19] and married on April 12, 2014 in California.[20] Together, Goodwin and her husband have two sons, one born in 2014 the other born in 2016.[21][22]

In 2013, Goodwin stated that after leaving Memphis, she "...up and left Judaism for a very long time," and that, "For 10 years, there was nothing. No ritual. No tradition. No community." She later reconnected with her faith, and has said, "I was a Jew by birth, and now I'm a Jew by choice."[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Zelda: An Extrospective Journey Zelda Short film
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Constance "Connie" Baker
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Cathy Feely
2005 Walk the Line Vivian Liberto
2006 Love Comes to the Executioner Dori Dumchovic
2007 In the Land of Women Janey
Day Zero Molly Rifkin
2008 Birds of America Ida Tanager
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Gigi Phillips
A Single Man Mrs. Strunk
2010 Ramona and Beezus Aunt "Bea" Beatrice
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Banky
Something Borrowed Rachel White
2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Fawn (voice)
2016 Zootopia Judy Hopps (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Law & Order Erica Episode: "Myth of Fingerprints"
2001–03 Ed Diane Snyder 25 episodes
2002 Porn 'n Chicken Maya Television film
2005 Robot Chicken Various (voice) 7 episodes
2006–11 Big Love Margene Heffman 53 episodes
2007 Big Love: In the Beginning Margene Heffman 2 episodes
2009 Crappy Holidays Presents... Episode: "Crappy Easter"
2011 SpongeBob SquarePants Purple Haired Mermaid (voice) Episode: "Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle"
Margene's Blog Margene Henrickson Episode: "Crush Story"
Five Charlotte Television film
2011–present Once Upon a Time Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White Main role
2012 Electric City Jean Marie St. Cloud 20 episodes
2013 Killing Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy Television film
2014 Sofia the First Gwen (voice) Episode: "Gizmo Gwen"
2015 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself Documentary series
Episode: "Ginnifer Goodwin"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Judy Hopps[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Production Result
2010 People's Choice Award Favorite Breakout Movie Actress Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy Something Borrowed Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Once Upon a Time Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Once Upon a Time Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite TV Drama Actress Once Upon a Time Nominated
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Once Upon a Time Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Once Upon a Time Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress Once Upon a Time Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Duo (along with Josh Dallas) Once Upon a Time Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress Once Upon a Time Nominated
2016 Voice Arts™ Awards Outstanding Motion Picture Animation, Best Voiceover Zootopia Won[24]
2016 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Female Zootopia Won (tied with Auli'i Cravalho)
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Voice Zootopia Nominated


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  3. ^ "Ginnifer Goodwin Biography - Yahoo! Movies". 1978-05-22. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  4. ^ Pellettieri, Courtney (May 2010). "Meals My Mother Taught Me". InStyle. Time Inc. 17 (5): 324–325. 
  5. ^ a b Bloom, Nate. "Interfaith Celebrities: Ginnifer Goodwin Re-Discovers Judaism; R". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  6. ^ Stated by Goodwin on the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  7. ^ a b Waters, David (2013-05-25). "Ginnifer Goodwin comes 'home' to Jewish faith". Faith in Memphis. Archived from the original on November 19, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  8. ^ Ginnifer Goodwin. W Magazine. Retrieved on 2014-06-05.
  9. ^ "Jews in the Limelight". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  10. ^ Barbaverde123 (15 August 2006). "Love Comes to the Executioner (2006)". IMDb. 
  11. ^ Leisa Barnett (2008-06-19). "Ginnifer Goodwin wins MaxMara award ( UK)". Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  12. ^ "2010 People's Choice Award Nominees Revealed; Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman & Green Day Honored". BWW News Desk. November 10, 2009. 
  13. ^ Lucas, Anthony J. (March 4, 2009). "Today's new movie announcements.". 
  14. ^ "Once Upon a Time's Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin & Co. on Their Literal "Dream" Project" from TV Line (July 25, 2011)
  15. ^ "Ginnifer Goodwin Joins Jason Bateman in Disney Animation's 'Zootopia' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ Zuckerman, Blaine (December 24, 2010). "Ginnifer Goodwin Is Engaged!". People. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ Zuckerman, Blaine (May 20, 2011). "Ginnifer Goodwin and Fiancé Break Up". People. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  18. ^ Johnson, Zach. "Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas Make Red Carpet Debut as a Couple!". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  19. ^ Jordan, Julie (October 11, 2013). "Ginnifer Goodwin Engaged to Josh Dallas". People. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ Michaud, Sarah (April 13, 2014). "Ginnifer Goodwin Marries Josh Dallas". People. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ Jordan, Julie (May 30, 2014). "Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas Are Parents of Baby Boy". People. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Once Upon a Time's Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas Welcome Baby No. 2". ENews. June 8, 2016. 
  23. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:29 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 
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