Jennifer Lien

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Jennifer Lien
Born (1974-08-24) August 24, 1974 (age 41)
Palos Heights, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–2000
Spouse(s) Phil Hwang

Jennifer Ann Lien (born August 24, 1974) is an American former actress, best known for playing the alien Kes on the television series Star Trek: Voyager.


Early life[edit]

The youngest of three children, Lien was born in Palos Heights, Illinois. Her mother, Delores Lien, was a college teacher.[1]


Her first television appearance was in a bubblegum advertisement playing twins. Her first appearance on a series was playing a music academy student in 1990 in an episode of Brewster Place starring Oprah Winfrey. She provided her voice for the dubbed English version of Baby Blood, a French horror film. Lien landed the series regular role of Hannah Moore on the series Another World in 1991.

In 1993, she was cast as Roanne in Phenom, a sitcom starring Judith Light. That year she also participated in the recording of Adam Sandler's comedy album They're All Gonna Laugh At You in which she played the part of the Valedictorian on the track "The Buffoon And The Valedictorian", as well as one of the daughters on the track "Oh, mom...".

In 1994, she was cast as Kes on Star Trek: Voyager. Her character is Ocampan, a species that lives for just 8 or 9 years, who joins the crew of the starship after it is stranded 75,000 light-years from earth.[2] She was released from the series at the beginning of season four, to allow the budget to bring on Jeri Ryan, who joined the cast as Seven of Nine. In 2000, Lien returned for a season six episode of Star Trek: Voyager entitled "Fury", where she had input into the script. Though Lien welcomed the chance to work with the cast of the show again, she later stated that she was disappointed with her performance in the episode.[3]

Post-Voyager, Lien appeared in the movie American History X as older sister Davina Vinyard alongside Edward Norton's character Derek Vinyard.[4] In 1998, Lien appeared in SLC Punk! playing Sandy, the wild girlfriend of Matthew Lillard's character Stevo.[5] She also provided her voice for the character of young adult Vitani in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and voiced Agent "L" for the first three seasons of Men in Black: The Series.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to writer and filmmaker Phil Hwang; their first child, Jonah, was born on September 5, 2002.[7] Since the birth of her son, Lien has retired from acting and voiceover work; however, she was credited as executive producer on her husband's comedy 2008 film Geek Mythology.[8]

Following the completion of her studies, she intends to work as a nutritionist.[3]

In April of 2015, Lien was arrested in Harriman, Tennessee and charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Baby Blood N/A
1998 SLC Punk! Sandy
1998 The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride Young Adult Vitani Uncredited
1998 American History X Davina Vinyard
1998 Hoofboy N/A Short film
2000 Rubbernecking Nurse


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1992 Another World Hannah Moore #1 Unknown episodes
1993–1994 Phenom Roanne 21 episodes
1994 The Critic Valerie Fox Episode: "The Pilot"
1995–2000 Star Trek: Voyager Kes 68 episodes
1996 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Movie Actress Episode: "Apocalypse Not"
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Elise Episode: "Eclipse"
1997 Superman Inza Nelson Episode: "The Hand of Fate"
1997–2000 Men in Black: The Series Elle 38 episodes


  1. ^ "Jennifer Lien Biography (1974-)". Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Star Trek Kes". Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Star Trek Catching Up with Jennifer Lien". 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  4. ^
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  6. ^ Men in Black: The Animated Series at
  7. ^ "News". Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  8. ^ Geek Mythology at
  9. ^ "Roane County News". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 

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