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, Walk the Line, and He’s Just Not That Into You. She stars as Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.
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 Cartoon Network 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. 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”).
Since 2011, Goodwin has played a leading role in the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time. She plays both the fairy tale heroine Snow White and her real world counterpart, schoolteacher Mary Margaret Blanchard.
Goodwin is set to voice Judy Hopps, the main protagonist of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming 2016 film, Zootopia.
Goodwin dated actor Chris Klein for two years before breaking up in 2008. She later started dating 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. They have one child, a son, Oliver, born in May 2014. In November 2015, the couple’s representative announced the two were expecting their second child.
Goodwin was a vegan and was a spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project in 2009, having adopted a whole flock herself. She revealed on Jimmy Kimmel that she gave up being a vegan after experiencing undisclosed health issues. She said: “I’m always learning and growing and changing and there were some boring health issues, and so I did actually have to work some animal products back into my diet.” Goodwin says although she’s never had a “dramatic weight problem”, she uses Weight Watchers to keep her indulgences in check. She considers herself an extremely healthy person,and balances her diet with ballet classes and cardio workouts.
In 2013, Goodwin said 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 said, “I was a Jew by birth, and now I’m a Jew by choice.”
|2000||Zelda: An Extrospective Journey||Zelda||Short film|
|2003||Mona Lisa Smile||Constance “Connie” Baker|
|2004||Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||Cathy Feely|
|2005||Walk the Line||Vivian Liberto|
|2006||Love Comes to the Executioner||Dori Dumchovic|
|2007||In the Land of Women||Janey|
|2007||Day Zero||Molly Rifkin|
|2008||Birds of America||Ida Tanager|
|2009||He’s Just Not That Into You||Gigi Phillips|
|2009||Single Man, AA Single Man||Mrs. Strunk|
|2010||Ramona and Beezus||Aunt “Bea” Beatrice|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Banky|
|2011||Something Borrowed||Rachel White|
|2015||Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast||Fawn||Voice role
Replaces Angela Bartys
|2016||Zootopia||Judy Hopps||Voice role
|2001||Law & Order||Erica||Episode: “Myth of Fingerprints”|
|2001–04||Ed||Diane Snyder||25 episodes|
|2002||Porn ‘n Chicken||Maya||Television film|
|2005–07||Robot Chicken||Various (voice)||7 episodes|
|2006–11||Big Love||Margene Heffman||53 episodes|
|2007||Big Love: In the Beginning||Margene Heffman||2 episodes|
|2009||Crappy Holidays Presents…||Episode: “Crappy Easter”|
|2011||SpongeBob SquarePants||Purple Haired Mermaid (Voice)||Episode: “Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle”|
|2011||Margene’s Blog||Margene Henrickson||Episode: “Crush Story”|
|2011–present||Once Upon a Time||Mary Margaret Blanchard / Snow White||Lead role|
|2012||Electric City||Jean Marie St. Cloud||20 episodes|
|2013||Killing Kennedy||Jacqueline Kennedy||Television film|
|2014||Sofia the First||Gwen||Voice
Episode: “Gizmo Gwen”
|2015||Who Do You Think You Are?||Herself||Documentary series
Episode: “Ginnifer Goodwin”
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Judy Hopps|
Awards and nominations
|2010||People’s Choice Award||Favorite Breakout Movie Actress||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy||Something Borrowed||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|People’s Choice Award||Favorite Dramatic TV Actress||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|2014||People’s Choice Award||Favorite Dramatic TV Actress||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Once Upon a Time||Nominated|
|2016||People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress||Once Upon a Time||Pending|