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 five feet and six inches 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.
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.
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