Jenny Mollen

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Jenny Mollen
Jenny Mollen 2018.jpg
Mollen in 2018
Jenny Ann Mollen

(1979-05-30) May 30, 1979 (age 39)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Years active2000–present
Jason Biggs (m. 2008)

Jenny Ann Mollen (born May 30, 1979)[1] is an American actress and New York Times best selling author. She is known for her portrayal of Nina Ash on the television series Angel, and for Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave. She also writes a humorous column for The Smoking Jacket, a website affiliated with Playboy,[2] as well as an advice column for Playboy.[3]

Early life[edit]

Mollen was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.[1][4] Mollen's father is Jewish, and she was raised culturally Jewish.[5][6] She has a sister and a brother.[7] Her work in local theater led to work with The Old Globe in San Diego, California, The Idywild School, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.[8] She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles's School of Theater, Film, and Television. While there she broke into the film industry.[4] Her father, osteopathic physician Dr. Art Mollen, has published five books on health topics and has appeared as a health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show and other media outlets.[7]


In 2005, Mollen announced in an interview about her plans to perform in London in a play she wrote about her dog.[4]

Mollen wrote the short film Kidnapping Caitlynn which stars Jason Biggs, Julie Benz and herself. The film is directed by Katherine Cunningham Eves.

In January 2013, Mollen's signed with St. Martin's Press to write a book of comedic essays, I Like You Just The Way I Am.[9] The book reached #10 on The New York Times Best Seller list for Print & E-Book Nonfiction on its debut in June 2014.[10] Mollen published a follow-up, Live Fast Die Hot, in June 2016, which also subsequently became New York Times Best Seller at #8 in Humor.

On August 4, 2016, it was announced that ABC Digital acquired a single-camera comedy written and starring Mollen based on her NYT Best Seller I Like You Just The Way I Am.[11] Mollen also co-starred with her husband Jason Biggs as fictional husband and wife characters in comedy film Amateur Night.[12]

Mollen's second book Live Fast, Die Hot was released in June 2016. The book went on to become a New York Times humor bestseller. In August it was reported that the film rights had been acquired by Warner Brothers with Anne Hathaway attached to star and Mollen attached to write and executive produce.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Mollen married actor Jason Biggs in Los Angeles, California, on April 23, 2008, then had a second wedding ceremony in California's Napa Valley in mid-June.[14] They met while filming My Best Friend's Girl.[15] In July 2013, Biggs and Mollen announced they were expecting their first child.[16] Their son, Sid, was born on February 15, 2014. Their second son, Lazlo was born on October 2, 2017.[17]

Mollen speaks German fluently. She explained in an Instagram story on July 29, 2018 that in college she had a German boyfriend whose parents didn't speak any English. She lived in Germany with them after college and learning the language "just sort of happened." Wanting to enforce a language with her children (and having spoken German to her dog Teets), she speaks German with both of her children.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Billy Makes The Cut Ashley [1]
2003 Searching for Haizmann Grace Robin [1]
2004 D.E.B.S. German Deb
2004 The Raven Lenna Short film[1]
2005 Fear Itself Wendy [1]
2006 Ring Around the Rosie Wendy Baldwin Video[1]
2006 Cattle Call Marina Del
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Colleen, the new girl
2008 Off the Ledge Amber-Elizabeth
2009 Kidnapping Caitlynn Emily
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Lisa
2012 L!fe Happens Rita
2013 Extracted Abbey
2016 Amateur Night Anne Carter
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Susan Curran Episode: "Mr. Invisible"[1]
2001 Strong Medicine Blonde Episode: "Black 'n' Flu"[1]
2003–04 Angel Nina Ash Episodes: "Unleashed", "Smile Time", "Power Play"[1]
2005 Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave Jenny Television film
2006 Medium Lydia Kyne Episode: "Method to His Madness"[1]
2007 Viva Laughlin Geneva's sister Unaired episodes[citation needed]
2008 Crash Theresa Nolanski Recurring role, 7 episodes
2011 CSI: NY Det. Angela Sayer Episode: "Life Sentence"
2011 Suits Gabby Stone Episode: "Tricks of the Trade"
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Dakota Hayes Episode: "Pa'ani"
2013 Wilfred Kim Episode: "Sincerity"
2014 Girls Courtney Episodes: "I Saw You", "Two Plane Rides"
2015 Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise Herself Co-Host
2016 Chicago Fire Episode: "What Happened to Courtney"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Jenny Mollen Biography (1979–)". Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Mollen, Jenny. "What She Said". The Smoking Jacket. Playboy. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Denninger, Lindsay (August 3, 2015). "Who Is Jenny Mollen? This 'Bachelor In Paradise' After Show Host Is A Super Fan (And A 'New York Times' Best Seller)". Bustle. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "An interview with Jenny Mollen". Return of the Living Dead official website. Archived from the original on April 8, 2005. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
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  6. ^ Interfaith Family: "Hollywood Now: The Monuments Men, Teller Directs, Jason Biggs Throws a Bark Mitzvah" By Gerri Miller February 5, 2014
  7. ^ a b Tropiano, Dolores (November 2010). "Dr. Art Mollen". Phoenix Magazine. p. 43. Archived from the original on July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  8. ^ "Biography of Jenny Mollen". Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Fauskee, Katie (January 14, 2013). "Comedian Jenny Mollen Signs Deal For Chelsea Handler-Like Book (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "Best Sellers: Combines Print & E-Book Nonfiction". The New York Times. July 6, 2014.
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  12. ^ "Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen team up for new comedy 'Amateur Night'". Retrieved 30 August 2016.
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  14. ^ Lambert, Suzanne Condie (July 16, 2008). "'We Do,' Again". (Fourth item down) The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  15. ^ Rothman, Michael (July 18, 2013). "Jason Biggs Expecting First Child With Jenny Mollen". ABC News. Archived from the original on July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  16. ^ Gonzalez, Maricela (July 18, 2013). "Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen to be first-time parents". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 19, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  17. ^ Parker, Heidi (February 18, 2014). "Woah, baby! Jason Biggs shares video from INSIDE labour ward as wife gives birth to boy Sid". DailyMail. Retrieved February 19, 2014.

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