|Alma mater Boston University|
Role Television actress
Children Oliver Finlay Dallas
Name Ginnifer Goodwin
Siblings Melissa Goodwin
|Years active 2000–present|
Spouse Josh Dallas (m. 2014)
Height 1.68 m
|Full Name Jennifer Michelle Goodwin|
Born May 22, 1978 (age 45) (1978-05-22) Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Movies and TV shows Once Upon a Time, Something Borrowed, Big Love, He's Just Not That Into You, Zootopia
Similar People Josh Dallas, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Melissa Goodwin, Colin O'Donoghue
Ginnifer Goodwin Style Icon: Young Hollywood Awards Winner With Whitney Cummings
Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for playing Margene Heffman in the drama series Big Love (2006–2011), Snow White in the fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011–2017), and Judy Hopps in the Disney animated film Zootopia. Goodwin also appeared in various films including Mona Lisa Smile, Something Borrowed, Walk the Line, Killing Kennedy, and He's Just Not That Into You.
- Ginnifer Goodwin Style Icon Young Hollywood Awards Winner With Whitney Cummings
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- Early life
- Personal life
Something borrowed 6 movie clip push it dance 2011 hd
Goodwin was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her mother, Linda (née Kantor), is a former educator and stay-at-home mom who later worked for FedEx and Apple. Her father, Tim Goodwin, formerly owned and operated a recording studio. 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 Robot Chicken, on which Ginnifer has also appeared as voice talent.
Her father is Christian, of English descent and a distant relative of the British royal family. Ginnifer is 11th cousin to Diana, Princess of Wales and 12th cousin to Princes William and Harry. Ginnifer's mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Goodwin was raised attending synagogue on Saturdays and Unitarian church on Sundays. She was both baptized and had a bat mitzvah service. 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 went to school at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. She then graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996, then 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.
Goodwin first had roles in the popular NBC television programs Law & Order and Ed before appearing in the 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. Goodwin has recurring voice roles in the Adult Swim show Robot Chicken, the animation of which her younger sister Melissa Goodwin is involved.
In 2008, Max Mara honored Goodwin with a "Face of the Future" award, an award recognizing up and coming women in film.
Goodwin played 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").
From 2011 to 2017, Goodwin played a leading role in the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time. She played both the fairy tale heroine Snow White and her real world counterpart, schoolteacher Mary Margaret Blanchard. Goodwin and husband Josh Dallas exited the show at the end of its sixth season to move back to Los Angeles with their family.
Goodwin voiced Judy Hopps, the protagonist rabbit police officer in Disney's Zootopia.
Goodwin dated actor Joey Kern and they became engaged in December 2010. They ended the engagement in May 2011. Goodwin subsequently began dating her Once Upon a Time co-star Josh Dallas in fall 2011. Goodwin and Dallas became engaged in October 2013, and married on April 12, 2014 in California. Goodwin and her husband have two sons, one born in 2014 the other born in 2016.
In 2013, Goodwin stated that after leaving 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 said, "I was a Jew by birth, and now I'm a Jew by choice."