Ginnifer changed her name from Jennifer, not only to distinguish her name, but also to match the pronunciation of her name that her mother had, in their regional dialect.
Ginnifer's Zodiac Sign is Gemini.
In 2001, Ginnifer was award the Bette Davis Foundation's Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award.
In 2011, Ginnifer was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy for her role in the movie Something Borrowed (2011).
In two consecutive years, 2012 and 2013, Ginnifer was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi for her role in Once Upon a Time.
In 2010, Ginnifer was nominated for a People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Breakout Movie Actress.
In 2013, Ginnifer was nominated for a People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Dramatic TV Actress.
In 2014, Ginnifer was nominated for a People's Choice Award in the category of Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress.
Ginnifer graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Acting.
Ginnifer studied Shakespeare in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Ginnifer worked in the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK.
Ginnifer studied in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Shakespeare Institute.
In December of 2010 Ginnifer became engaged to her boyfriend of two years actor Joey Kern. However, five months later the two actors called off their engagement but remain friends.
On August 2008, Goodwin, along with actress Liv Tyler, became the new face for Gap clothing company's Fall collection.
Ginnifer was listed among Zap2It.com's Most Underrated Actors/Actresses of 2006.
Ginnifer played Maya in the 2002 TV movie Porn n' Chicken.
Her nicknames are Ginny and Gigi.
Ginnifer admits it was difficult and awkward to do love scenes with co-star Justin Long in the film He's Just Not That Into You since Justin is a long-time friend. They first worked together and became friends on the set of the NBC comedy-drama Ed.
In 2005, Ginnifer was among the various artists who performed for the movie soundtrack of Walk the Line.
In June 2008, Ginnifer was honored with the MaxMara's Face of the Future Award at the Women in Film Awards in Beverly Hills. Last year's award recipient was Emily Blunt.
During filming of sex scenes with Bill Paxton in Big Love, Goodwin covers her breasts and bare bottom with stickers having little notes like "Bill, stop looking at my boobs" or "Do not film me" written on them.
Ginnifer is Jewish. As a young girl, she attended Jewish summer camp and was involved in the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization at the Jewish Community Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Ginnifer was chosen as part of Entertainment Weekly's "30 Under 30: The Actresses" List of 2008.
Ginnifer dated actor Topher Grace in 2002. They were co-stars in the movies Mona Lisa Smile (2003) and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004).
Ginnifer is 5' 6" (1.68 m) tall.
Ginnifer considers herself to be a "Shakespeare nerd" and first fell in love with theater when she read Romeo and Juliet in fifth grade.
Ginnifer graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996.
To research for her role in Big Love, Ginnifer "flew to Utah and rented a car" to "find the polygamists."
Ginnifer's sister is a visual and musical artist, and helps her figure out which art or music Ginnifer's character would listen to, to help Ginnifer prep for roles.
Ginnifer used to go to clubs with her father. She woke up to rock and roll, rather than an alarm clock.
Ginnifer's father Tim Goodwin was in a rock and roll band and owned a recording studio. Her mother, Linda, works for Federal Express. Her parents are divorced. She has a younger sister named Melissa, who is a stop motion animator.
Ginnifer: With the counseling of my family doctor, my mother ended up turning to Weight Watchers and their children's program. I went to weekly meetings, got counseling and would exercise with my peers who were my size. It was the first time I saw a proper children's portion size, and it wasn't two burgers, it was one.
Ginnifer: Oh my gosh, I'd give so much advice to a younger version of myself. I would say it really does get better as you get older. The things that mean so much, the things that seem like, you know, it's going to cause the end of the world, are all things that I've already forgotten.
Ginnifer: Sometimes I make very selfish choices; like I did 'Once Upon A Time' for my inner 8-year-old and my hypothetical future child. I've done some movies because I would regret them if I didn't, but other projects I've done because they've scared me or if I felt I needed to do a big romantic comedy to help me professionally.
Ginnifer: My day-to-day wardrobe, I do mix it up. I'll wear something from Target along with something by YSL. It's about finding the right items that make you happy.
Ginnifer: It's like, if you can't focus on a movie for 90 minutes without looking at your phone, then don't go to the movies! You've got some issues, so you should probably stay home and work on those issues, and not distract everyone with lights, and sounds, oh my gosh, the tapping on the screens, it makes me crazy!
Ginnifer: I've always been sort of addicted to genre-jumping. I've never been in the mood to do the same thing I did last time. Hence, me going from 'Big Love' to romantic comedy, to period film... I can't sit still.
Ginnifer: I see girls who haven't had a carbohydrate in three years. The second you go back to eating right, you're going to put that weight on. You eat one piece of bread and you are screwed, lady!
Ginnifer: I have very curly hair and I straighten it every day - it takes maybe two minutes. I can't imagine anyone having a bigger challenge than I do in the kinkiness that is my crazy 'fro.
Ginnifer: There's nothing I want less than a piece of cheese or a burger. I have nightmares I'm being force-fed these things. I have no interest in converting anyone. It's purely how I want to live my life. I don't judge anyone.
Ginnifer: I would point out that I'm an actress for a reason! If I were popular in high school, I would have considered another career because I wouldn't have been alone in my room, making up other characters for myself. I definitely had growing pains. The popular kids didn't want anything to do with the girl who was starting the drama club.
Ginnifer: I will end up with someone in the arts. I am positive. I eat, breathe and sleep acting. And I'll end up with someone who is happy staying at home and having me cook supper. But I also really need to be intellectually challenged and stimulated. I want someone bookish, and someone who is passionate.
I started reading and learned that we don't need any of it - meat, dairy products. We get everything we need without those things - except maybe B12, but there's this whole controversy that maybe we're only getting B12 because the animals are being fed B12 supplements.
Ginnifer: I'm so an all-or-nothing person in dating, always. I'm big on not wasting time. And so, yeah, if something's not working, it's time to not hold people back.
Ginnifer: After spending time with the rescued turkeys at Farm Sanctuary's shelter and seeing how similar they are to my furry companion animals at home, I knew I needed to do everything in my power to protect these friendly and curious birds from the daily pain and suffering they endure on factory farms.
Ginnifer: Why do only boys get to chase? Nuh-uh! If anything, I think this whole sitting back and waiting thing can be self-sabotaging. We have to send up flares. We have to let guys know we're open for business.
Ginnifer: Unfortunately, as obsessed as I am with all of those Grimm's slash Disney princesses, I do think women have evolved socially in so many ways.
Ginnifer: They say men and women can't be friends, but that's not true.
Ginnifer: Romcoms are challenging, but I'm hungry for drama.
Ginnifer: People always say a script will be 'brought to life in a magical way,' but for me that has been proven wrong time and time again.
Ginnifer: I'm not nomadic by nature.
Ginnifer: One night I'd had some beers, and then I Googled myself and spent the night in tears.
Ginnifer: Nudity is for my boyfriend or my doctor.
Ginnifer: In real life, people don't try to live dramatically, people try to live in a light way. People try to laugh.
Ginnifer: I've never had body issues, I've never had an eating disorder. I've never had to go on a diet and that's because of Weight Watchers.
Ginnifer: I'm a Southern lady that almost never leaves the house without makeup on.
Ginnifer: I want to work endlessly and tirelessly until I'm an old, old lady.
Ginnifer: Oh my gosh, I feel like I'm really obsessive about anything dealing with my health.
Ginnifer: I only wear heels when a stylist puts me in them.
Ginnifer: I perpetuate rumors that I've dated people that I've never actually dated.
Ginnifer: I hardly ever work out.
Ginnifer: I express myself through clothes, but clothes don't define me.
Ginnifer: I don't know why anyone would want to ask an actor for dating advice. We are not the poster children for healthy relationships.
Ginnifer: But often times, I feel like I'm so blessed, it's not fair. That what I'm doing is not contributing to the good of the world.
Ginnifer: At 9 years old I weighed about 10 lbs. less than what my weight is at 32. I needed to get help.
Ginnifer: As long as I can wear a wig I can be any character, and in real life I can be myself.
Ginnifer: I'm for all the actor's struggle, the self-indulgent, painful journey, but I would rather have fun.
Ginnifer: A lot of times, I think that what I do for a living has no integrity. 'Once Upon A Time' has changed that to a certain extent because the reaction we get from children out in the world is so fulfilling, I cannot even articulate it. There's nothing like being greeted as Snow White by a hyperventilating child versus Ginnifer Goodwin.
Ginnifer: Couldn't start the morning without caffeine.
Ginnifer: I can safely say that other than macaroni and cheese, there's no processed food in my life. There's no inorganic food in my life these days. There's no junk food. There's not a lot of sugar. There's no soy. I mean, really everything that's going into my body is pretty pure.
Ginnifer: I love Valentine's Day! I love it, I love it, I love it. I like having doors opened for me. My favorite romantic comedy is 'When Harry Met Sally.
Ginnifer: When I'm doing a film, I love getting together after work with my costars. But we get back to L.A. and I'm like, 'I don't want to go to a club with you, dude. I mean, I think you're rad, and if you want to come play Scrabble with me, that's amazing.'
Ginnifer: I made some friends at Listerine and they taught me a little bit about oral care. That half of adults suffer from oral disease, that the number one chronic disease among children is oral disease, that we're only taking care of 25% of our mouths when brushing alone and there are more germs in your mouth than there are people on the planet.
Ginnifer: I think most people know inherently that good wins.
Ginnifer: I think of clothes a lot like costumes. I think of what I wear in real life as being my real life character's costume.
Ginnifer: I come from theater, and doing period stuff is so whimsical and imaginative and so outside any frame of reference than I have ever had so I prefer that just in terms of fun factor.
Ginnifer: Costume designers don't care about trends. They appreciate, above so many other qualities, that tailoring is everything, which is a mantra for the way I dress. Ladies: The most important thing in clothing is to find a good, inexpensive tailor, because clothes at the stores are made for bodies that are anomalies.
Ginnifer: The costumes are insane on 'Once Upon a Time.' It did influence my taking the job, the fact that not only would I be horseback riding and sword fighting and traipsing through the woods but I would be doing all those things in insane, medieval garb.
Ginnifer: I am much more open to plural marriage than I was before, and I now support it in certain situations. I do believe it is right for some people. But our example in America today is gross abuse - I can't support it in fundamentalist compounds.
Ginnifer: I understand why society, especially American society, is gravitating toward fairy tales, given our economy. We've been exploring the world of witches and wizards for years. We've been exploring the world of vampires for years. Clearly the public - I mean, I feel like all of this was ushered in by 'Harry Potter' - in my own fannish beliefs.
Ginnifer: Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I always go all-out with my costumes.
Ginnifer: I really am super lazy and doing long hair, especially mine, is a big pain in the butt. It's filled with cowlicks and kinks and curls and frizz - and it was taking too much time in the morning.
Ginnifer: Everything goes with short hair. It's bananas.
Ginnifer: But I love being scared. I think you're brave only when you do things that scare you. I've always used fear as a motivator. I'm not sure why.
Ginnifer: I cherish all of the times I've fallen on my face and made mistakes, because those experiences have made me who I am.
Ginnifer: Oh, my, yes. I was raised in this Southern culture where if a guy was sarcastic, that just meant he didn't know how to show his love - but secretly he cared! I completely bought that. The men I chased and the things I put up with - it was criminal.
Ginnifer: I'm insanely girly. I like having the door opened for me. I want to cook dinner for my boyfriend. And I can't wait to have babies.
Ginnifer: I'm a better person in a relationship, and I'm a happier person. I need to come home at the end of the day and have it not be about me and my freaking hair and makeup and character motivations anymore. And I think my work is more inspired when home is safe and sound and solid, because what I do for a living is so bananas and so insecure.
Ginnifer: You know, one of my biggest dreams in life is to play a Disney princess.
Ginnifer: I know now that there are men out there who are, for me, the whole package, who are supportive of my successes because they know I will be just as supportive of theirs. I'm less tolerant of foolishness now; I know that it's important I not tie myself up with the wrong person, because then I will miss the right person coming along.
Ginnifer: It took me realizing that a broken heart has never actually killed anyone to find the courage to ask for what I want, in just about every situation. That was part of my own growing up.
Ginnifer: (on why she stopped being a vegan) I'm always learning and growing and changing and there were some boring health issues, and so I did actually have to work some animal products back into my diet.
Ginnifer: Well, I think that certainly I know where I come from, there is still this innocence, absolutely. And I would have believed that if I had won a date with the biggest movie star in the world, I don't think I would have had any inhibitions coming from Memphis, Tennessee as far as that goes.
Ginnifer: Frankly, I would rather do the sidekick again if it's more definitive and extreme than play a vague leading lady.
Ginnifer: (on polygamy) I'm not even someone who can date someone and have them dating other people casually. I can't share. To me, the monogamous promise is the greatest promise of all, to be able to dedicate yourself to one person and know you will battle the world with them.
Ginnifer: I'm sure there is something in every character I play that's very much me or I wouldn't be able to do it.
Ginnifer: I do [live in LA]. I wasn't planning on it but when I was filming Tad, we went to Disneyland one day, which is not where you should make life-changing decisions, but it ended up being a good one. I was like, "Life is so good. I'm moving to LA." So I never went home. My stuff was packed up in New York so I just had it sent out here.
Ginnifer: (Cathy Feely is her character in "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!") I'm certainly vastly more confident than Connie Baker in Mona Lisa. I respect myself so infinitely and her whole thing is how she doesn't, and so in that way we're very different. But I certainly relate to her optimism. I think I'm probably as expressive in real life as Cathy Feely. Not expressive in that I certainly do not recite Harlequin romance novels, but I am a talker and I like attention and all of these things that Cathy Feely does.
Ginnifer: I know everybody wants to know who everybody's celebrity crushes are, so I'm safely saying Paul Newman because I know he's married. I think he's the dreamiest man that's ever lived - no offense to anyone. I think he's perfect but I love Joanne Woodward so I won't steal him away.
Ginnifer: I'm fascinated by a number of things, but it's a weird time because now I'm getting to audition for a lot of dream projects. But I'm up against some of my favorite girls my age and they certainly have a lot on me. We're going to see what happens.
Ginnifer: I have really bad ADD when it comes to work. It's something I discovered about myself having come from the theatre; I would throw myself into a role for months and then move on to the next thing. I was very anti-being-on-a-series - the thought of being in one place character-wise really freaked me out.
Ginnifer: My parents were so hardcore with me about how there is no hierarchy in humanity. I know that sounds kind of snobby and holier-than-thou, but I don't mean it that way. It's just that to me, all that Hollywood stuff is just something way less interesting than going to work.
Ginnifer (about her decision to pursue the actor's career): My parents were scared at first but remained encouraging.
Ginnifer: I love exploring lonely, scared, angry underdogs, because I had a very happy, healthy and fulfilling upbringing.
Ginnifer: My whole family bent over backward and took out loans to get me a good education and send me to Europe to study and perform.
Ginnifer: The weirdest, hardest thing I've ever done for a part was having fake sex through the bars of a jail cell. That was in my porn days...just kidding! It was for Love Comes to the Executioner.