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My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has [sic] changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show. I will be forever grateful to Adam, Eddy, and ABC for giving me the gift of playing Emma Swan.

—Jennifer Morrison src

Jennifer Morrison is the American actress who portrays Emma Swan on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Jennifer Marie Morrison was born on April 12, 1979 in Chicago[1] and raised in Arlington Heights.[2] She is the daughter of Judy and David L. Morrison,[3] who are both music teachers,[4] and has two younger siblings, a brother[5] and sister, Julia.[2][6] At age five, while still in kindergarten, Jennifer auditioned for a second grade play despite being two years too young; nabbing a role in a school production of The Hobbit. She also grew up studying piano, clarinet and voice skills.[2] From entering into local modeling contests, this helped to attract an agent that brought Jennifer into the world of child acting and modeling. At age ten, she was booking modeling and commercial gigs for brands like J.C. Penney and Rice Krispies while auditioning for film and television roles[2] with a note worthy photoshoot at age eleven landing her on a kids' version of US magazine Sports Illustrated with basketball superstar Michael Jordan in 1992. Her movie debut came in the 1994 film Intersection alongside Richard Gere and Sharon Stone.[4] She attended Chicago's Prospect High School,[4] and after graduating in 2000, she attended Loyola University, where she majored in Theatre with a minor in English.[7] Afterwards, Jennifer moved on to study at the Steppenwolf Theater Company.

Success followed with various film and TV roles, including the lead in Urban Legends: Final Cut. She came to widescale public attention in 2004 for her recurring role as Dr. Allison Cameron in the hit series House, for which she was nominated for a prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award. Since leaving House, her career has continued to progress with roles in films like Star Trek, How I Met Your Mother and Warrior.[8]

On May 8, 2017, Jennifer announced she was leaving Once Upon a Time after six years as a series regular.[9]


  • Appears in two music videos; Nick Lachey's "Shut Up" and The Donnas's "Too Bad About Your Girl".[1]
  • Was working 16 hours per day of work on Once Upon a Time.[10]
  • Took a two-day crash course in skateboarding for her role in Grind before becoming a pro.[1]
  • Was one of the producers that discovered an early draft of Glee and brought it to the attention of writer Ryan Murphy. He, along with two other writers, adapted the draft into a television show. Jennifer is credited as an associated producer on Glee's first season for her involvement.[11]
  • Is often asked if she is related to sixties musician Jim Morrison.[4]
  • Previously dated Once Upon a Time co-star Sebastian Stan.[12]
  • Is good friends with Once Upon a Time co-star Jamie Chung.[13]
  • Has worked with co-star Jessy Schram prior to Once Upon a Time. They shared scenes together in the House episode "Needle in a Haystack".
  • Has worked with co-star Jorge Garcia prior to Once Upon A Time on How I Met Your Mother.
  • Worked with fellow Once Upon a Time actresses Ginnifer Goodwin and Ava Acres on a short film called Five, directed by Demi Moore.[14] Ginnifer played Ava's mother, and Jennifer played her aunt.[15]
  • Is close friends with Once Upon a Time co-star Ginnifer Goodwin.[16]
  • Is allergic to cats.[17]
  • Is naturally blonde.[18]
  • Has many scars on her body due to having moles removed.[19]
  • Narrated the special "Secrets of Storybrooke".
  • Is close friends with Once Upon a Time co-star Colin O'Donoghue and his family.[20] Colin's wife Helen is one of her closest friends.[21]
  • Her favorite book is East of Eden.[22]
  • At a fan convention in Vancouver in March 2017, Jennifer stated that she used to watch Once Upon a Time, but later felt that she was doing better as an actor when she didn't watch, so therefore she hasn't been watching in a few years.[23]
  • Is allergic to peppers.[24]
  • Jennifer and her younger self, Mckenna Grace, both have roles in the 2017 horror film Amityville: The Awakening,[25] where Jennifer plays Mckenna's aunt.
  • After the announcement that the seventh season would be the final season of the series, she wrote the following on Instagram:
What an amazing life changing journey of magic and hope! Thank you to Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis for trusting me with Emma Swan. Thank you to the incredible cast and mostly, thank you to the creative team and crew of ONCE UPON A TIME. The endless hours of hard work and devotion that every crew member contributed to the show is what made magic possible every week for 7 years. I am eternally grateful to everyone. And a massive shout out, big hug, and giant thank you to all of the fans. You made ONCE what it is. You all inspired us every day. Thank you for all of the love and support for the show over the years. The #oncers made dreams come true. You are all heroes in my book![26]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Intersection Meaghan Eastman Movie - Credited as "Jenny Morrison"
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Denice Movie
1999 Stir of Echoes Samantha Kozac Movie - Credited as "Jenny Morrison"
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Amy Mayfield Movie
2001 The Zeros Joyce Movie
2002 Design Sonya Mallow Movie
2002 Nantucket Alicia Movie
2002 100 Women Annie Movie
2003 Grind Jamie Movie
2004 Mall Cop Chris Movie
2004 The Sure Hand of God Lily Bowser Movie
2004 Surviving Christmas Missy Vanglider Movie
2004 Lift Sarah Short film
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jade - Associate #2 Movie
2006 Flourish Gabrielle Winters Movie
2007 Big Stan Mindy Movie
2009 Star Trek Winona Kirk Movie
2009 Table for Three Leslie Movie
2011 Prodigal Agent Rachel Mintz Short film
2011 Warrior Tess Conlon Movie
2012 Knife Fight Angela Anderson Movie
2012 Stars In Shorts Agent Rachel Mintz Short film presentation
2013 Some Girl(s) Sam Movie
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Winona Kirk Movie
2013 Event 15 White Movie
2014 The List Katherine Stern Movie
2015 To Dust Return Sharon Reynolds Short film
2015 Mattresside Angelica Short film
2015 Warning Labels Short film
2016 The Darkness Joy Carter
2017 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion The Abbess
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Candice
2017 Sun Dogs Marie Director, producer
2017 All Creatures Here Below Penny
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Chronicle Gwen 1 episode
2001 Touched by an Angel Melissa Dunnigan 1 episode
2001-2002 Dawson's Creek Melanie Shea Thompson 2 episodes
2002 Any Day Now Mandy Singer 1 episode
2002 The Random Years Megan 1 episode
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Callie TV movie
2003 The Edge TV movie
2004–2012 House Dr. Allison Cameron 130 episodes
2007 The Murder of Princess Diana Rachel TV movie
2010 Chase Faith Maples 1 episode
2010–2011, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Zoey Pierson 13 episodes
2011 Bringing Ashley Home Ashley Phillips TV movie
2011 Five Sheila Segment: "Charlotte"
2011–2017, 2018 Once Upon a Time Emma Swan Lead role (season 1-6)

Guest Role (season 7)

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Kirce James - GDI Intelligence Officer Video game
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Wasp 3 episodes (Voice credit)


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/jennifer-morrison/bio/156638
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://www.broadway.com/buzz/147246/houses-jennifer-morrison-makes-herself-at-home-in-the-miracle-worker/
  3. http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/jennifer-morrison-stir-of-echoes/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 http://www.hellomagazine.com/profiles/jennifer-morrison/
  5. http://twitter.com/jenmorrisonlive/status/122493229441626112
  6. https://twitter.com/jenmorrisonlive/status/434452292389978113
  7. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20539610,00.html
  8. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0607185/bio
  9. http://archive.vn/oXz39
  10. http://www.podcastone.com/pg/jsp/program/episode.jsp?programID=718&pid=1647442 (51:50)
  11. http://www.facebook.com/notes/jennifer-morrison/answers-to-twitter-questions/417153916577
  12. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/jennifer-morrison-sebastian-stan-split-once-upon-a-time-costars-broke-up-four-months-ago-2013311
  13. https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Jennifer-Morrison-Jamie-Chung-NYC-February-2017-43152288
  14. https://twitter.com/AvaAcres/status/724441508909182976
  15. https://twitter.com/AvaAcres/status/721470498131947521
  16. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0329481/bio
  17. https://twitter.com/jenmorrisonlive/status/356242744349429762
  18. https://twitter.com/jenmorrisonlive/status/7276209633239040
  19.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2310296/Jennifer-Morrison-displays-plenty-flesh-sheer-coral-gown---THAT-naked-photo-shoot.html
  20. https://twitter.com/jenmorrisonlive/status/426895645656354816
  21. https://twitter.com/jenmorrisonlive/status/572228731512623105
  22. https://twitter.com/GlindaLoveShoes/status/845795073333768192
  23. https://twitter.com/GlindaLoveShoes/status/845796130495479808
  24. https://twitter.com/CarrieLynne2323/status/845796880479072256
  25. https://twitter.com/themagicaltweet/status/778253811207069696
  26. http://archive.is/SgxHJ

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