Jennifer Morrison is known for her roles as Dr. Allison Cameron in the medical-drama series House (2004–2012) and Emma Swan in the ABC adventure-fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011–2017).
She also has portrayed Zoey Pierson, one of Ted Mosby’s love interests on the comedy series How I Met Your Mother; Winona Kirk, mother of James T. Kirk in the 2009 science-fiction film Star Trek; and Tess Conlon in the 2011 sports drama film Warrior.
Years active: 1994–present
Age: 39 years and 7 months
Nick Name Jen, Jenny, J-Mo
Sun Sign Aries
Height 5 ft 5½ in or 166 cm
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Green
Measurements 34-24-33 in or 87-61-84 cm
Bra Size 32B
Jennifer went to South Middle School. In 1997, she graduated from Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.
In 2000, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and majored in Theatre and minored in English.
Actress, model, film producer
Father – David L. Morrison (Retired music teacher)
Mother – Judy Morrison (Retired teacher)
Siblings – Julia Morrison (Younger Sister), Daniel Morrison (Younger Brother)
John Carrabino Management
Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is the oldest of three children; her sister, Julia, is a singer-songwriter and music therapist, and her brother, Daniel, is a high school band director.
Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher and high school band director who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003.
Morrison attended South Middle School, and then graduated from Prospect High School (where her parents worked) in 1997. She was friends with writer Ian Brennan.
She was an All-State clarinet player in the school’s marching band, sang in the choir, and was a cheerleader in the school pep squad.
She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000.
She studied at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting.
Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward, and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo.
She was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star, Michael Jordan, in May 1992.
Morrison made her feature film debut at the age of 14 in the 1994 film Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in Stir of Echoes (1999).
Morrison’s first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind (2003), Surviving Christmas (2004), and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
In 2004, Morrison won the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House. She played this role for the first six seasons of the show, from 2004 to 2009.
Morrison’s character left in 2009 in an episode called “Teamwork”, but returned in the 2010 episode “Lockdown”.
Cameron’s story concluded at this point. Morrison returned in Season 8 for the series finale “Everybody Dies” in 2012.
In 2006, Morrison starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. She is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively, but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands.
In 2007, Morrison appeared as Kirce James in the computer game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, a character who frequently interacts with the player during the course of the GDI campaign.
Her film projects that year included Big Stan and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television film based on the book of the same name by Noel Botham.
Produced by Lifetime and Working Title Television, Morrison portrays an American journalist, Rachel, who witnesses the car crash which took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 2009, Morrison returned to the big screen, appearing in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk’s mother, Winona.
After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced in December 2009 that Morrison had won the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller’s mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker.
In the fall of 2010 Morrison appeared as a guest-star in the fourth episode of NBC’s Chase. She played the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive, who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her little daughter.
She then joined the cast of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Pierson, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and “the biggest female character we’ve maybe ever added to the show in Ted’s life”, according to executive producer Craig Thomas.
In 2011, Morrison appeared in Warrior, a film about two estranged brothers who enter a mixed martial arts tournament and are forced to confront their struggling relationship with each other and with their father. Morrison plays the wife of Joel Edgerton’s character, struggling to keep her family together.
Since October 2011, Morrison had a starring role in ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
She played the role of Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector who turns out to be the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.
In April 2016, Morrison launched her own film production company, Apartment 3C Productions, named after the apartment she shared with her friends during her time at Loyola University Chicago.
She directed her first feature film, Sun Dogs, under this label during the summer of 2016.
In March 2017, it was announced that Morrison was cast as Stephanie in an off-Broadway revival of the play The End of Longing.
The performance lasted from May 18 to July 1, 2017.
On May 8, 2017, Morrison announced via social media that she would not be returning to Once Upon a Time as a series regular for season seven, while also noting that she had agreed to return as a guest for one episode.
Her final appearance was in the following season’s second episode, which aired in October 2017.
Morrison co-starred in Amityville: The Awakening as Candice.
Original shot in 2014, the film was ultimately released on Google Play on October 12, 2017, with a limited theatrical release on October 28, 2017.
In October 2017, it was announced that Morrison would be directing a modern fairytale anthology series titled Fabled, produced by Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit for Refinery29.
Morrison began dating her House co-star, Jesse Spencer, in 2004.
Spencer proposed to Morrison at the Eiffel Tower on December 23, 2006 but in August 2007 they called off their engagement.
In summer 2012, Morrison and Sebastian Stan met on the Once Upon A Time set and dated for a year, breaking up in mid-2013.
Jennifer Morrison, shares 25 things you don’t know about her.
1. I am extremely punctual, yet I turned this list in late.
2. My favorite vacation location is Lake Como in Italy.
3. My dog Ava is my first and favorite pet.
4. Yoga probably makes me a better person.
5. Red wine also probably makes me a better person.
6. My favorite movie ever is Bicycle Thieves.
7. My favorite feel-good movie is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
8. I recently discovered listening to music on vinyl.
9. Nothing makes me crabbier than being cold and wet — especially at the same time.
10. I still cannot watch Chucky movies.
11. My favorite book is a tie between The Great Gatsby and East of Eden.
12. I have a sister, Julie, and a brother, Dan. Both have jobs involving music.
13. I played clarinet and piano in high school.
14. My costar Ginnifer Goodwin gave me a custom copy of the complete works of Grimm’s Fairy Tales for my birthday five years ago!
15. My favorite color changes every day.
16. I am obsessed with HGTV. I love me some Holmes on Homes!
17. My favorite restaurant in Vancouver [where Once Upon a Time films] is the Italian Kitchen.
18. My favorite restaurant in L.A. is a tie between Madeo and Pace.
19. I am a terrible speller.
20. I love, love, love The Good Wife.
21. I got my SAG card when I was 10 by starring in a Beenie Weenie’s commercial.
22. I have seven scars from having moles removed. One was a melanoma, six were precancerous. Get your moles checked!
23. I’ve had about 35 Disney vacations. My parents are obsessed.
24. I’d eat cold pizza every day for breakfast if I could.
25. I want to grow up to be [How I Met Your Mother director] Pamela Fryman!
She was a child model and appeared in several commercials such as Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, Mondo, Verizon, Bengay, ADT and others.
Morrison also appeared in print adverts such as for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward.
Best Known For
Playing the lead role as Emma Swan in the ABC’s fairy tale drama TV series Once Upon a Time since 2011, and Dr. Allison Cameron in the Fox’s medical drama TV series House from 2004 to 2012.
Jennifer appeared in the 1994 movie Intersection for her role as Meaghan Eastman.
First TV Show
In 2001, Morrison played the role as Gwen in the science fiction TV series The Chronicle in an episode entitled “Let Sleeping Dogs Fry”.
Morrison keeps her diet simple by eating only vegetables and fruits all day. But, she treats herself by eating whatever she wants in the dinner. Though, she primarily eats healthy food in the dinner also like sushi, grilled fish, etc. as she gets motivated by eating good throughout the day. She also drinks ample amount of water throughout the day.
She does not forget to have coconut water before exercises. It gives her right amount of energy before workout. Moreover, it has now become her habit and she craves for it too.
She has amazing legs. the secret behind it is cardio, especially running. She runs for 45 minutes, three to four times in a week and sometimes alternates it with yoga. Earlier, she used to focus on strength training, and boxing also.
Jennifer Morrison Favorite Things
Cuisine – Italian
TV Shows – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003-2012), Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986-2011), Planet Earth (2006-)
Vacation Location – Lake Como in Italy
Pet – Her dog, Ava
Movie – Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Books – The Great Gatsby (By F. Scott Fitzgerald), East of Eden (By John Steinbeck)
Color – Changes daily
Restaurant – Italian Kitchen in Vancouver, Madeo in LA, Pace in LA
Jennifer Morrison Facts
She was born in Chicago, but grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
In 2003, her dad was named as “Teacher of the Year” by Illinois State Board of Education.
Her parents had worked in the same high school from where she graduated.
She was a cheerleader in her high school.
She had done 13 episodes in the famous sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”.
In 2007, she voiced the role of Kirce James in the video game “Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars”.
If she weren’t into acting, she would have been into teaching line, just because both of her parents were into that field and Jennifer, herself has taught dancing, theater and acting.
Her favorite way to relax is to clean the things. She feels less stressed, if her fridge is organized.
She used to sang in her high school choir.
She is not good at spelling the words.
If allowed, she can eat a cold pizza everyday in the breakfast.
She had played musical instruments such as clarinet and piano in her high school.
She had also made herself to Sports Illustrated for Kids in May 1992. She was featured along with basketball player Michael Jordan.
Morrison was featured in the music video of Nick Lachey‘s “Shut Up”.