Jennifer Morrison was born in 1979 in Chicago, to David and Judy Morrison. She has a younger sister, Julia Kay and a younger brother, Daniel. She attended Prospect High School, and received a BA in Theater and English from Loyola University in Chicago.
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Jennifer doesn't speak any foreign languages, only English.
Jennifer plays the piano and the clarinet and is learning Guitar.
Both her parents are both music teacher. Her father won in 2003 the Teacher of the Year award for her home-state of Illinois.
In 2009, Jennifer, together with the cast of the TV series House, was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
In 2012, Jennifer won a Prism Award in the category of Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for her work in the 2011 TV movie Bringing Ashley Home.
In 2014, Jennifer was nominated for a People's Choice Award in the category Favorite On-Screen Chemistry with her co-star in the TV series Once Upon a Time, Colin O'Donoghue.
In 2009, Jennifer and all the cast of Star Trek were nominated and won a Boston Society of Film Critics Awards in the category of Best Ensemble Cast.
In 2009, Jennifer did a Broadway show named The Miracle Worked, where she played the role of Helen Keller's mother, Kate.
Jennifer know how to play golf, that she learned from her boyfriend.
Jennifer has a brother, Daniel, and a sister, Julia.
Jennifer started learning acting in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
Jennifer's parents are David and Judy Morrison.
Jennifer was voted #35 in BuddyTV's 'TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009'.
Jennifer is ranked #81 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM".
Jennifer takes yoga lessons.
Jennifer considers herself to be very athletic.
Jennifer loves travelling, hiking and playing tennis.
Jennifer is not a keen internet user.
If Jennifer was not an actress, she would have been a teacher like her parents.
Jennifer used to be a cheerleader at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, IL.
Jennifer enjoys playing the board game "Monopoly". Also, she loves Italian food and loves going to Starbucks for Chai Soy Latte.
Jennifer knows how to surf, she learned it while in San Diego.
When younger, Jennifer didn't like to watch horror movies. She used to get very scared when she watched Scream and Jaws.
Jennifer is really good friends with Hugh Laurie.
As a child model, Jennifer appeared in TV commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo.
Jennifer has done print advertisements for JC Penney and Montgomery Ward.
Jennifer is left-handed.
In August 2008, Jennifer took part in the first annual Celebrity Casino Night run by Eva Longoria, in aid of "Eva's Heroes", which aids children with intellectual difficulties.
If she could choose any superhero power, Jennifer would want to have the ability to fly.
Playing a pro skateboarder in the film Grind (2003), Jennifer did a two day crash course on skateboarding from hired pro skaters, who also acted as stunt doubles in some of the scenes. Her stunt double for the movie was then 14-year-old Lauren Perkins.
Contrary to what most people think, Jennifer is not related to music legend Jim Morrison.
Jennifer was named among TV Guide's Top 10 Sexiest Female Stars of 2007. She ranked No.59 in Stuff magazine's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007.
Jennifer did photoshoots for the following magazines: InStyle, Us Weekly, Self Magazine, OK Magazine, TV Guide, Teen Magazine, Premiere, Femme Fatales.
Jennifer appeared in commercials for Ball State University even though she never studied there. The series of commercials was called "Everything You Need".
Jennifer specially likes the character of Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica.
Jennifer grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois - an affluent village and suburb of Chicago.
Jennifer is a fan of the baseball and her favorite team is Chicago Cubs.
Jennifer is 5 feet 5.25 inches (1.66 metres) tall.
Up until the spring of 2007, everyone believed that Jennifer's birthday was August 19th, 1979. But then it started to be changed on places like Wikipedia and IMDB, and the fans were confused. It turned out that it was Jennifer and Kevin who had found out about the error and were trying to make the changes to what her actual birthday is.
Jennifer appears in the video game Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars as Lt. Kirce James.
Jennifer co-starred with former-fiance and House co-star Jesse Spencer in the independent movie Flourish. Jennifer is also a producer for the movie, which was written by her childhood friend, Kevin Palys, specifically for her.
Jennifer is close friends with Ashley Simpson and has appear in her MTV show a few times.
When Jennifer was about 10 years old, she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with Michael Jordan.
Jennifer started modeling while she was in middle school.
Jennifer played clarinet in high school marching and symphonic bands. She also sang in the choir and was a cheerleader.
Jennifer's father was the band director at Prospect High School and the marching band, under his direction, were Illinois Grand Champions for 23 years. He retired in June 2006. Her mother, like her father, is a music teacher.
Jennifer: (on her favorite hair color) My favorite is red, actually. I think when I'm done with Once, I will probably be red for a while. There's just something very playful about being a redhead, and I enjoy it. Like, I always look forward to that.
Jennifer: (on her favorite physical trait) I feel like I got some good genes. My parents are both very fit people who've always taken care of themselves, and so I feel very lucky that I come from that upbringing. So working out and things like that are kind of a lifestyle for me. It doesn't take much for me to have strong arms.
Jennifer: (on Thanksgivng and tradition) The turkey and the stuffing and the mashed potatoes... there's just something so fun, because no matter where we are or who's hosting it, everyone gets involved in that. You know? Everyone's a part of the cooking, so it becomes such a great family experience of everyone putting that meal together and just being able to sit down and enjoy good food.
Jennifer: (on what attracts her to a man) I would say loyalty. Loyalty to their friends, obviously to their loved ones, to their family, to their jobs. You know, I think that's an attractive trait.
Jennifer: (on crying in Disney movies) They just tug at your heartstrings. They, like, kill the parents — like Bambi, oh my God — and then you have to watch everybody go through these crazy things, and then there's some big happy thing that happens at the end. I'm such a sucker.
Jennifer: (on why she loves acting) I am endlessly fascinated by people in general. I think that's why I love acting.
Jennifer: (on her perspective on England in general and London in particular) I love how much history you feel when you walk through the street of London.
Jennifer: (on how she prepares to interpret her characters) Every character is different, but I always tend to read a lot of memoirs pertaining to the characters life.
Jennifer: (on her opinion on fans) I am always so grateful for the passion of the fans!
Jennifer: (on one of her projects, while her TV series Once Upon a Time is on hiatus) I am directing a short film that is a comedy in the hiatus.
Jennifer: (her advice to aspiring actors) Only do it, if it is the only thing in the world that would make you happy as a career.
Jennifer: (on her putting herself in her characters) It's inevitable that there are parts of me in all my characters.
Jennifer: (on her opinion regarding Australia) I love Australia. I have been there a few times and I will be back some day.
Jennifer: (on the family tree of her role in the TV series Once Upon a Time) It is definitely complicated.
Jennifer: (on the tatto of her role in the TV series Once Upon a Time) The only tattoo emma has is a small flower on her left wrist.
Jennifer: I backpacked in germany when I was in college.
Jennifer: (on being filming on location with cold weather) The wardrobe department is amazing and they do everything they can to keep us warm. I love them all.
Jennifer: (on her working relationship with her Once Upon a Time co-star Colin O'Donoghue)
He is lovely. I am grateful to have him and his whole family in my life.
Jennifer: (on her relationship with her Once Upon a Time co-star Ginnifer Goddwin)
She is absolutely one of my best friends.
Jennifer: (on the best thing to being an actress)
discovering empathy for people you might not already understand.
Jennifer: I really enjoy cooking when I have the time.
Jennifer: (on her role in Once Upon a Time and the magic that character has)
It will take a while for Emma to discover some of her power. It is still an uncomfortable idea for her to do magic at this point.
Jennifer: (on her favorite item in the set of the TV series Once Upon a Time)
There is a beautiful little painting in mm apt that is titled "first love" by the door. Love it.
Jennifer: (Good things about being on "House") There are so many good things about being on the show. I feel like all of us are just pinching ourselves every day, going "Is this a reality?" I love that every day I get to grow continuously as an actor and am surrounded by other great actors that constantly make me better. It's like once again being a part of that team mentality. I also feel really lucky because it's a great show, the writing is incredible and people are watching.
Jennifer: The only thing I would really say is just do whatever's making you happy - - you know, don't kill yourself doing something that's making you miserable. That's probably not the right thing to be doing with your life. I've always based my choices on either taking something, or turning something down, or going for something based on is this choice gonna make me happy?
Jennifer: (during the time she was engaged to "House" co-star Jesse Spencer) It's like my entire life came from one job. I met my husband on the show. I have a beautiful house. Every day I feel incredibly blessed.
Jennifer: (following Jesse Spencer's wedding proposal) I was in so much shock when he proposed that it took me two day before I cried! My brain couldn't catch up to everything. Jesse laughed at me for a couple of days because I wandered around not really able to grasp everything. But then I realized that all these things that I was hoping for in my life - all these things you don't dare to hope for too much just in case that's not your path - all of a sudden it was at the forefront and possible. I realized, "I will have a home and a family with him!" That's when it finally hit me and I cried - but it was a happy cry!
Jennifer: (on co-star Jesse Spencer's wedding proposal) It was so romantic! We were at the Eiffel Tower and the ring was not in a ring box but in a little old poll case with a butterfly on top. Jesse gave it to me and said it was my Christmas present.
Jennifer: (Cameron is her character on "House".) My resume for Cameron has me graduating medical school the year I graduated junior high.
Jennifer: I really do see the good in people, and I don't want to change that. That's really how I view things, so sometimes I'll look past a lot of huge red flags because I see something else in someone. Then of course it always comes back to haunt me in the long run.
Jennifer: I think "crimp" is a real understatement. It was not good. I love my dad so much, and he's an amazing teacher, so I really wouldn't trade that for the world, but it didn't make me too popular.
Jennifer: I always had a thing with Thanksgivings. I've started dating people and broken up with them around Thanksgiving several times. What is it about Thanksgiving? I guess that at least someone's there to console you.
Jennifer: I almost got evicted from my apartment complex. We spent the entire time on set on our boards, so we constantly got more comfortable and got better and better.
Jennifer: I spent a summer doing "public relations" in the parking lot at Arlington Race Track. There was a big concert with seven stages going. It was 102 degrees outside -- so muggy and hot -- and I'm sweating like crazy. People are all in a bad mood, hot, totally drunk, wasted, asking how to get places. One car pulled up, and the guy in the back seat said, "Come here, I need to ask you something." He's like, "Jennifer, can I just shake your hand for doing a good job?" I went to shake his hand and he...licked...my...arm, from my wrist all the way up! I went, "Aaaaii!" It was so nasty.
Jennifer: Actually, everything moved so quickly. We had two days to learn everything. They gave me Tony Hawk's Trick Tips videos. I'd be in my PJs at night with my board trying to learn how to Ollie on my carpet or skate up and down my alley at 2 a.m.
Jennifer: I was on the cleanup crew. The whole track was covered in trash. The things we found...people's underwear, a shower curtain, the strangest things. By the end of the day I was covered in filth. It looked like I had tan lines. But, I didn't have a tan line; I had a filth line.
Jennifer: I grew up dancing when I was a kid in Chicago. I played soccer for a couple of years in high school. Once I moved to Los Angeles and was in the warm weather all the time I learned how to play tennis, wakeboard, snowboard, surf and ride dirt bikes. I also go hiking in L.A.
Jennifer: I was a kid, so I wouldn't consider that real modeling, but every Sunday you could open the paper and see me in ads for Kohl's, JCPenney, Montgomery Ward and stuff like that.
Jennifer: The big scandal was when I was in seventh grade and I modeled a bathing suit. Everybody freaked out!
Jennifer: I've been single for a little while partly because I've been working so much and partly because I don't want to settle. A lot of people run around and are real crazy in Hollywood, but I want to wait for it to be the right thing.
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