Jennifer Morrison

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Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison SDCC 2014.jpg
Morrison at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actress, model, producer, director
Years active 1994–present

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] Morrison's mother, Judy, is also a retired music teacher.[citation needed]

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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Morrison at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

1990s[edit]

Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. In May 1992, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.[4] 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[edit]

Morrison at Paleyfest 2012

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",[5] 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.[6]

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[7] that Morrison had won the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller's mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker.[8]

2010s[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10][11][12]

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.[6] 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,[13] named after the apartment she shared with her friends during her time at Loyola University Chicago.[14] She will direct her first feature film, Sun Dogs, under this label during the summer of 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Morrison began dating her House co-star Jesse Spencer in 2004.[15] 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.[16] Morrison dated actor Amaury Nolasco from 2008 to 2011,[3][17] and her Once Upon a Time co-star Sebastian Stan from May 2012 to August 2013.[18] Morrison was ranked No. 69 in Maxim 2009 Hot 100 list.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
2016 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion The Abbess
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Candice
2017 Sun Dogs Marie Director, producer
2017 All Creatures Here Below Penny

Television[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series House Nominated [20]
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Colin O'Donoghue) Once Upon a Time Nominated [21]
2015 Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress Nominated [22]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [23]
Choice TV: Liplock (with Colin O'Donoghue) Nominated [23]
Kids' Choice Award Favorite TV Actress Nominated [24]
2016 Favorite TV Actress Nominated [24]
People's Choice Award Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress Nominated [25]
Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Liplock Won [26]
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Fantasy/Sci-Fi TV Actress Pending [27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Band Teacher Marches on As 2003 Teacher of the Year". Illinois State Board of Education. March 22, 2003. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Spencer, Amy (September 10, 2014). "Jennifer Morrison rules the red carpet". New York Post. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Vintage Michael Jordan". SI Kids. May 1992. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 16, 2009). "'House' exclusive: Jennifer Morrison speaks out about departure". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Jennifer Morrison:Answers to Twitter questions...". April 10, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 13, 2009). "'House' alum news: Jennifer Morrison heads to Broadway!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ The Broadway League. "The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ Keck, William (August 20, 2010). "House's Morrison To Co-Star With Real-Life Love on NBC's Chase". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 9, 2010). "Done deal: Jennifer Morrison hits the 'Mother' lode". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 9, 2010). "'House' Alumna Jennifer Morrison Joins CBS Comedy 'How I Met Your Mother'". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ Keck, William (September 26, 2010). "Keck's Exclusives: Is Jennifer Morrison HIMYM's Mother?". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ Lincoln, Ross (April 22, 2016). "Jennifer Morrison Launches Apartment 3C Productions; Directorial Debut 'Sun Dogs' Is First Project". Deadline. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ Lincoln, Ross (June 13, 2014). "Jennifer Morrison: Life Outside The Once Upon A Time Fairy Tale". Refinery29. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Engaged House Stars Prepare to Tie the Knot". People. July 6, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ Jordan, Julie (August 15, 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  17. ^ Gray, Ali (September 9, 2011). "'Warrior' Star Jennifer Morrison Dishes About Love, Marriage and 'Jersey Shore'". iVillage. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ McRady, Rachel (November 3, 2013). "Jennifer Morrison, Sebastian Stan Split: Once Upon a Time Costars Broke Up Four Months Ago". Us Weekly. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ "2009 HOT 100 LIST". Maxim (magazine). 
  20. ^ "The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards | Screen Actors Guild Awards". www.sagawards.org. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  21. ^ Staff, E. W. "People's Choice Awards 2014: The winners list | EW.com". Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  22. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2015: The winner's list". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  23. ^ a b "Check out 2015 Wave 1 Nominees! | Teen Choice on FOX". Teen Choice on FOX. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  24. ^ a b "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards: The Winners". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  25. ^ "People's Choice Awards: Fan Favorites in Movies, Music & TV - PeoplesChoice.com". www.peopleschoice.com. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  26. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2016: Second Wave Nominations Announced". E! Online. Retrieved 2016-11-15. 
  27. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2017: Full List Of Nominees". People's Choice. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 

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