May. 22nd, 1978
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Jennifer Michelle Goodwin (born May 22, 1978), known professionally as Ginnifer Goodwin, is an American television and film actress. She is best known for her role as "Margene Heffman" on Big Love, and for her roles in films like Mona Lisa Smile, Something Borrowed, and He's Just Not That Into You.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, Tim Goodwin, formerly owned and operated a recording studio, and her mother, Linda (née Kantor), is a former educator and "stay-at-home mom", who later worked for FedEx and Apple.
Goodwin changed her name from "Jennifer" to "Ginnifer" to distinguish her name, and to assist in pronunciation of her name in her regional dialect. Her younger sister, Melissa Goodwin, is a stop motion animator on shows such as the Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken, on which Ginnifer has also appeared as voice talent.
She was raised in her mother's Jewish faith. In her youth, Goodwin was affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth, and was active in BBYO at the Jewish Community Center in Memphis; she had a bat mitzvah. The bright and talented, Goodwin carried her love for theater and acting through her high school years. After graduating from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996, Goodwin attended Hanover College (majoring in Theater) for one year before moving on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University. While a student at BU, she performed in numerous student short films, as well as several college and local stage productions.
Goodwin was given the "Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award" by the Bette Davis Foundation, and graduated with honors. After her time at Boston University, she studied in England at Stratford Upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year she earned an "Acting Shakespeare Certificate" at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She lived briefly in New York before moving to California where she currently lives.
Goodwin first had roles in the popular NBC television programs Law & Order (1990) and her first recurring role on Ed (2000) in 2001. Her first movie role was "Maya" in the first Comedy Central television movie Porn 'n Chicken. She later had substantial roles in the films Mona Lisa Smile, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Walk the Line—in which she portrayed "Vivian Liberto", Johnny Cash's first wife—and Birds of America.
She also played "Dori Dumchovic" in the dark comedy Love Comes to the Executioner. Goodwin played a leading role as "Margene Heffman", the third wife in a polygamous family, on the HBO original series Big Love, which concluded on March 20, 2011.
In 2008, Max Mara honored Goodwin with a "Face of the Future" award, an award recognizing up and coming women in film. Also, Goodwin was one of the celebrities featured in Gap's Fall 2008 ad campaign.
Goodwin starred as "Gigi" in He's Just Not That into You, which was released in February 2009. For this role she received a nomination for the People's Choice Award for Breakout Movie Actress. In April 2009 she began filming Ramona and Beezus (playing Aunt Bea).
In 2011, Goodwin plays "Mary Margaret Blanchard", a teacher in Storybrooke, Maine, as well as fairy tale heroine "Snow White", in the revisionist fantasy adventure television program, Once Upon a Time, which debuted on ABC.
Goodwin dated actor 'Chris Klein' for two years. She became engaged to actor 'Joey Kern' in (December 24, 2010). They ended the engagement in (May 20, 2011). Goodwin has been dating her Once Upon a Time co-star 'Josh Dallas' since fall (2011). The couple became engaged on (October 9, 2013), and on (November 20, 2013), announced that they are expecting their first child. They married on (April 12, 2014).
She is a close and longtime friend of her Once Upon a Time co-star 'Jennifer Morrison'.
In 2013, Goodwin stated that, after she left Memphis, she "up and left Judaism for a very long time", and that "for 10 years, there was nothing. No ritual. No tradition. No community". She later reconnected with her faith, and has stated, "I was a Jew by birth, and now I'm a Jew by choice".
- Won The Bette Davis Foundation Excellence in Acting/ Professional Promise Award for theatre in 2001 (Boston, Massachusetts).
- Also studied with London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon (in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company)
- BFA in acting, with honors, from Boston University.
- Girlfriend of 'Joey Kern' (qv) [April 6, 2009].
- Ex-boyfriend 'Topher Grace' (qv) recommended her for the role of Cathy Feely in _Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)_ (qv).
- Acting Shakespeare Certificate from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, UK.
- Former girlfriend of 'Justin Long (I)' (qv).
- (December 2008) Broke up with 'Chris Klein (I)' (qv), her boyfriend of two years.