Jennifer Marie Morrison is an American actress, producer and model born on 12th April 1979. She began her professional career as a child model by appearing in several commercials. In 1992, Morrison was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with Michael Jordan. At the age of fourteen, Jennifer made her feature film debut in the 1994 film Intersection. She earned her first leading role in the film Urban Legends Final Cut released in 2000. Since then, Morrison starred in films such as Grind, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Surviving Christmas and Star Trek. Along with films, she as well performed various roles in television series. In 2004, Jennifer received a role of Dr. Allison in the series House which bestowed her with critical acclaim and success. Her other major television work included How I Met Your Mother and Once Upon a Time. Throughout her career Morrison won several awards and nominations including Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Teen Choice Award and People’s Choice Award. As for her personal life, Jennifer Morrison dated several celebrities such as Jesse Spencer and Sebastian Stan.

Jennifer Morrison Personal Details:

  • Complete Name: Jennifer Marie Morrison
  • Nicknames: Jen, Jenny
  • Date of Birth: April 12, 1979
  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actress, Model
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Hair Color: Blonde

Jennifer Morrison Body Measurements Bra Size Height Weight Vital Stats

Jennifer Morrison Family Details:

  • Father: David L. Morrison (Retired music teacher)
  • Mother: Judy Morrison (Retired music teacher)
  • Siblings: Daniel Morrison (Younger Brother), Julia Morrison (Younger Sister)
  • Spouse: Unmarried
  • Children: None

Jennifer Morrison Career Highlights:

  • First Film: Intersection (1994)
  • First TV Show: The Chronicle (2001)

Jennifer Morrison Favorite Food Color Music Hobbies

Jennifer Morrison Body Measurements:

Following is the list of Jennifer Morrison body measurements including the actress weight, height, hip, bust, waist, dress, bra cup and shoe size.

  • Height: 5′ 5″ (165 cm)
  • Weight: 52 kg (115 pounds)
  • Bra Size: 32B
  • Cup Size: B
  • Shoe Size: 8 (US)
  • Dress Size: 2 (US)
  • Body Measurements: 34-24-33

Jennifer Morrison Interesting Facts:

  • Jennifer is not good at spelling the words.
  • She feels relaxed, if her fridge is organized.
  • Morrison can eat cold pizza everyday in the breakfast.
  • Morrison used to play musical instruments such as piano and clarinet in her high school.

Jennifer Morrison Biography

Her parents, Judy and David L. Morrison, is a resigned music educator and secondary school band executive who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003.

Regarding her education, Morrison attended South Middle School and later attended Prospect High School in 1997. She also went to Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theater and minored in English, and she graduated in the year 2000.


When did Jennifer Morrison begin to start acting?

  • Moving towards her career, Jennifer made her film debut at the age of 15, starring in the 1994 “Intersection”. This was followed by a role in “Stir of Echoes”. In 2000, she snatched her first leading role through “Urban Legends: Final Cut”. In the years that came, she appeared in such films, as “Grind”, “Surviving Christmas”, and “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”.
  • Big screen aside, Morrison has starred in several hit TV series, but one most famous was on the medical drama “House” as one of its main cast Dr. Allison Cameron.
  • She acted on the show beginning from 2004 to 2012 before then being billed to portray Emma Swan on ABC’s fairytale drama “Once Upon a Time”.
  • 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 December 2017, it was announced that Netflix had acquired worldwide streaming rights to the film.
  • 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. That one episode was the season’s second episode, which aired on October 2017. However, she ultimately returned for the series finale, which aired on May 2018.
  • In June 2019, Morrison was confirmed to join the cast of This Is Us in a “substantial” recurring role for the coming fourth season.


Is Jennifer Morrison married or not?

Moving towards her personal life, Jennifer started dating her House co-star, Jesse Spencer, in 2004. Spencer proposed to her at the Eiffel Tower on December 23, 2006, and the two had wanted to wed later in the year. But they canceled their engagement in August 2007.

Furthermore, She had a relationship with the Puerto Rican actor, Amaury Nolasco from 2009 to 2012. This relationship ends due to a misconception in 3 years duration. After that this time, it is a Romanian actor, Sebastian Stan. They met on the set of Once Upon a Time and commenced dating in May 2012. The relationship ended after a year in July 2013. Currently, she is still single.


How much net worth does Jennifer Morrison own?

From her acting career, Jennifer earns the sum of the good amount of money and fame in the entertainment industry. As per online sites, her estimated net worth said to be $8 million as of 2019 while her salary is yet to be disclosed.

How tall is Jennifer Morrison?

Observing her body statistics, Jennifer stands with a perfect height of 5 feet 5½ inches and weighs around 52 kg. She has blonde hair with beautiful green eyes. Her body measurements are 34-24-33 inches while bra size is 32B. Her shoe size is 8 (US) and dress size is 2 (US).

Body Stats:

Born on August 19, 1979, Jennifer studied at Chicago’s Prospect High School, where her father David gave music lessons.Aged 11 she even appeared on a kids’ version of celebrated US magazine Sports Illustrated with basketball superstar Michael Jordan. At 15 the precocious youngster made her Hollywood debut, impressing in Intersection as a fragile teen caught up in her parents’ harrowing separation opposite Richard Gere and Sharon Stone. Jennifer then passed through the hothouse of young Tinseltown talent that was Dawson’s Creek, learning the ropes alongside Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams. Her career got firmly back on track in 2004 when she signed up for the romantic comedy Surviving Christmas. It wasn’t exactly the sort of low-key role most actresses expect to land fresh out of university – Jennifer spent much of the movie snuggling up to Ben Affleck. Then in the 2005 movie Mr & Mrs Smith she got to rough up Brad Pitt and Vince Vaughn as one of Angelina Jolie’s assassin colleagues.


Height: 5 ft 5½ in /166 cm

Weight: 52 kg /115 pounds

Shoe size: 8

Dress size: 2

Bra size: 32B

Measurements: 34-24-33 in or 87-61-84 cm

Ethnicity: White

Hair Color: Blonde

Eye Color: Green


Name: Jennifer Marie Morrison

Nickname: Jen, Jenny, J-Mo

Date of Birth: April 12, 1979

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Place of Residence: Los Angeles, USA

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Education: Loyola University Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Social Networks:

  • Twitter: jenmorrisonlive
  • Facebook: JenniferMorrisonOfficial
  • Instagram: jenmorrisonlive

Fun Facts:

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  • Jesse Spencer (2004-2007)
  • Amaury Nolasco (2009-2012)
  • Sebastian Stan (2012-2013)

Children: –

Awards and Honors:

  • 2008 Nominated OFTA Television Award, Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
  • 2009 Won BSFC Award, Best Ensemble Cast
  • 2009 Won DFCS Award, Best Acting Ensemble
  • 2012 Won Prism Award, Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries
  • 2015 Nominated Teen Choice Award, Choice TV: Liplock
  • 2016 Nominated Blimp Award, Favorite Family TV Actress

Hobbies and Interests: Running, boxing

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Music: Jazz

Favorite Perfume: Perfect Well

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby (By F. Scott Fitzgerald), East of Eden (By John Steinbeck)

Favorite Sports: Tennis

Favorite Movie: Bicycle Thieves

Favorite TV Show: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Interesting Facts:

  • 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”.
  • Jennifer Morrison is not related to actor Matthew Morrison.
  • Jennifer appeared in the 1994 movie Intersection for her role as Meaghan Eastman.
  • In 2001, Morrison played the role as Gwen in the science fiction TV series The Chronicle in an episode entitled “Let Sleeping Dogs Fry”.
  • 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”.

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As Once Upon a Time reaches its conclusion, Jennifer Morrison gets one last chance to say farewell to Emma Swan, appearing in the series finale for, well, another swan song.

After six seasons of playing the sword-wielding Savior, the actress exited the ABC fairy tale drama back in 2017. She briefly returned for an emotional curtain call at the top of the rebooted seventh season, and then hung up her red leather coat for good — something the actress says she doesn’t regret. Below, Morrison reflect on the show’s legacy and how it feels saying goodbye to Emma Swan. (And watch the video above for even more from Morrison on the end of OUAT on a new edition of Couch Surfing.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had some time away from Once Upon a Time, but are you ready to say goodbye to Emma for good?
JENNIFER MORRISON: I guess. I think that I am in a position where, because I did step away at the end of season 6, I’ve had some time to have some space, and have some peace with it. She’s a character that I will always love, and I will always care about, but I really do feel like she went on an amazing journey. I was so fulfilled and satisfied with how she grew, and how she changed, and where she was able to arrive in her life, and in her relationships. So I feel very at peace, because I feel like she was able to grow into all of the things that I had hoped for her.

Do you have any regrets about leaving Once Upon a Time when you did?
No, I feel like everything happened as it was meant to happen. My contract was up. I felt like Emma’s story had naturally reached its happy ending. There wasn’t really a new place for that to go for her. The things that we were aiming for creatively over those six years had all culminated in a really beautiful way. And for me personally, those things that have transpired in the last year of my life have been incredibly important to me personally and professionally. And it was absolutely the right thing for me.

What has it meant to you to have strong female role model like Emma Swan for young women in this era?
I’m discovering on multiple levels what a big deal it is. I feel so lucky to have played Emma Swan, and been able to bring her to life for the six, almost seven, years. I know how I felt when I went to go see Wonder Woman, and I was really emotional when I watched it. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t expect that I was gonna be that emotional. But I was really emotional because I thought, “I can’t imagine, if I were 10 years old, there could be a female superhero.” It never occurred to me as a kid. And I thought, “Oh my God, this is how boys always feel. They have all the superheroes.” I was really emotional about that. It was one of the first times that it really clicked why little girls have had such a strong response to Emma Swan, and why their moms have been so excited about their daughters being able to have that response to Emma Swan. It really put in perspective what a special thing I got to be a part of, because when I was stepping outside of it, and looking at a different version of something like that, I was able to see it differently.

So I think it’s really important, and I really hope that we’re at the beginning of a lot more examples of that. I’m really hoping that in the next five or six years, as things that are in development start to get made, that we start to see more of those female superheroes, we get to see more of those strong, smart women who might be real people, just the way Emma is a real person, but ultimately they rise above their circumstances and can do something extraordinary with their lives. I mean, like Lady Bird, where it’s a great coming of age story for a young girl, whereas there’s 1,000 great coming-of-age stories for young men and hardly any for women, at least hardly any that make it to the theater. So I hope that in the long run we can look back and see that Emma Swan was a part of the beginning of this movement toward these characters and more of them being out there, so that there is more of a balance.

What’s the most poignant fan interaction that has stuck with you?
I think a lot about the fans that talk about the way they watch the show with their families, and the fact that there’s so few things out there that cross the generations in terms of interest. You can have a 15-year-old watching with their parents, or a 10-year-old, and a 12-year-old, and the parents watching. There’s something nice about the content being something that really is for adults, but also for young people at the same time. Within that, there was someone who came up to me at a convention and said, “This really helped my family, because I’m the stepmother to my children. We were really struggling with the balance between the birth mother and the stepmother, and the whole thing, and this was an example of how you can really love two different mothers.” That that was a really powerful example of that for their kids, and that it really brought their mixed family together in a way that was really helpful for them. I thought that that was a really beautiful thing that was able to be taken away from a television show.

What do you think Once Upon a Time‘s legacy will be?
Gosh, I don’t know. I certainly hope that it’s part of the Disney legacy. The Disney legacy leans into this idea of if you dream it, you can do it. But ultimately there is the possibility of very hopeful situations in life, and that you have to take responsibility for yourself in a way where you can have hope. You can have your own version of magic in life. I hope that we fit into that Disney idea, and that ultimately part of its legacy leans into this same message.

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Can you talk about the importance of sending the message that anyone can get a happy ending?
I think a lot about this lately, especially just the political environment of the world right now, and the amount of unrest there is in the world, and how many negative things we could be surrounded by on any given day. I’ve talked to other artists about this, especially in New York in the playwriting community, and we’ve talked about how, for a long time, the industry just leaned into this idea that in order for something to be good, it has to be dark, it has to be heavy, it has to be dark and have this weight and edge to it, and that somehow something that’s hopeful or positive is cheesy. Then, at some point as artists, and as a community, we had to take responsibility for the fact that we need to put a possible positive future in the world. If all we do is constantly put the idea of an apocalyptic future, and a negative future, and a dark future in the world in the art that we make, we will perpetuate that as human beings. We will make what we see, and it will become a reality.

So, as artists, we have to dig in there and find a way to bring the same quality, and the same integrity, and the same depth to the things that we’re creating. But also take responsibility that we need to put possible positive futures in the world. We need to give people an example of something good and hopeful that they can strive for or say, “Oh, I see that example, and maybe I can be that. Or maybe I could try it that way.” And I think Once Upon a Time is a part of that kind of storytelling. The world is complicated, and there are dark things in the world. But what is it that we can do to have that possible positive future? What are the active things we can do? I think we are responsible as artists to start putting those ideas in the world so that we can start aiming for it and envisioning what it might look like.

If you could open up a chapter of Once Upon a Time 10 years later, what would you want it to be about?
Man, I have no idea. I think I might still be too close to it. You know when you’re so close to something and you’re so inside of it it’s hard to know what something with distance would look like? It’s hard to perceive what a reconfiguration of this would be down the road. The joy that I always found in the show was seeing all the complexities of the relationships, and see past the happily ever after that we saw in the storybooks as kids. All right, so Snow White and Prince Charming get together. Then what? If they’re friends with Red Riding Hood, then what? If they have a kid, then what? And that’s fun. I think that there’s a real sense of fun to that.

There’s probably endless storylines to explore over this long run of all these different stories, and all these different fairytales, the Disney stories that we’ve known over the years. There’s probably a million ways to reinvent it. But ultimately, I think the heart of it, no matter how many ways it was reinvented, or reworked, or re-thought about, I think the heartbeat of it would always be hope. I think that that’s really the heartbeat of the show, and has always been the heartbeat of the show, and has been why it has had such a strong connection with the audience.

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“ My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has 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 and raised in Arlington Heights. She is the daughter of Judy and David L. Morrison, who are both music teachers, and has two younger siblings, a brother and sister, Julia. 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. 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 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. She attended Chicago’s Prospect High School, and after graduating in 2000, she attended Loyola University, where she majored in Theatre with a minor in English. 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.

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


  • Appears in two music videos; Nick Lachey’s “Shut Up” and The Donnas’s “Too Bad About Your Girl”.
  • Was working 16 hours per day of work on Once Upon a Time.
  • Took a two-day crash course in skateboarding for her role in Grind before becoming a pro.
  • 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.
  • Is often asked if she is related to sixties musician Jim Morrison.
  • Previously dated Once Upon a Time co-star Sebastian Stan.
  • Is good friends with Once Upon a Time co-star Jamie Chung.
  • 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. Ginnifer played Ava’s mother, and Jennifer played her aunt.
  • Is close friends with Once Upon a Time co-star Ginnifer Goodwin.
  • Is allergic to cats.
  • Is naturally blonde.
  • Has many scars on her body due to having moles removed.
  • Narrated the special “Secrets of Storybrooke”.
  • Is close friends with Once Upon a Time co-star Colin O’Donoghue and his family. Colin’s wife Helen is one of her closest friends.
  • Her favorite book is East of Eden.
  • 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.
  • Is allergic to peppers.
  • Jennifer and her younger self, Mckenna Grace, both have roles in the 2017 horror film Amityville: The Awakening, 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!



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)

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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)


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Why is Jennifer Morrison leaving ‘Once Upon a Time’? Actress reveals decision on Instagram

Jennifer Morrison made a sad announcement for Once Upon a Time fans on Monday.

The actress, who plays Emma Swan on the hit ABC fantasy drama, revealed to her followers on Instagram season six would be her final season of the show. In the caption for the photo, she announced she had reached the end of her six-year contract and has decided not to renew it.

“After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on,” Morrison wrote.

Morrison also said Emma Swan has been one of her favorite characters to play.

“My six years on Once Upon a Time has changed my life in the most beautiful ways,” Morrison wrote. “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.”

The actress said that as she moves on, she won’t be leaving the Once Upon a Time world completely behind. In some consolation for fans, Morrison said she would continue to attend conventions and other events related to the show, schedule permitting. And, if ABC decides to the renew the show for a seventh season, Morrison has agreed to return for one more episode.

The news came after Emma Swan finally finally married Hook in Sunday night’s episode. In the musical installment titled “The Song in Your Heart,” Swan kept the Black Fairy away so she and Hook could have their “happily ever after.” But how long will that last? It’s not clear if Morrison’s character will simply be written off the show — or will meet a more permanent end.

Emma and Hook finally tied the knot on ‘Once Upon a Time.’Jack Rowand/ABC

The season finale of Once Upon a Time airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday on ABC.

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  • This Is Us season 4 premiered last week on Tuesday, September 24, and surprised longtime fans by introducing several major new characters.
  • Along with Blake Stadnik and Asante Blackk (When They See Us), one of the most prominent new cast members is Jennifer Morrison, who plays soldier Cassidy Sharp.
  • Here are a few key facts to know about Morrison and her past TV roles.

It’s almost time for another episode of This Is Us season 4, but we’re still processing a lot of what happened in last week’s season premiere. One of the many new characters introduced in the aptly titled “Strangers” was Jennifer Morrison’s Cassidy Sharp, a soldier who struggles to readjust to civilian life and crosses paths with Nicky (Griffin Dunne) at a veterans support group.

While Morrison might be new to This Is Us, she’s been a fixture on primetime TV for more than a decade at this point, and you’ve almost definitely seen her somewhere before. Here are a few fun facts to know about her, along with some wild speculation about what her connection to the Pearsons might be.

Her breakthrough role was on House.

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TV fans were first introduced to Morrison back in 2004, when she landed a lead role in the truly addictive Hugh Laurie-starring medical drama House. The show centered on a team of doctors who specialize in diagnosing unusual or mysterious illnesses, led by the cynical and abrasive but brilliant House (Laurie). Morrison played Dr. Allison Cameron, the newest member of House’s team, whose idealism and sincerity often led her into conflict with her cynical boss—not to mention her unresolved romantic feelings for him.

Morrison was a series regular on the show for four seasons, and then made several appearances as a guest star. She dated her co-star, Jesse Spencer, for several years, and the pair got engaged in 2006, but broke up the following year.

This season of This Is Us is a treat overall for House fans, because Morrison’s co-star Omar Epps—who played another doctor on House’s team, Eric Foreman—also joined the cast as Darnell, the father of Asante Blackk’s character. Morrison and Epps haven’t crossed paths yet, but since their characters are both part of the 2019 timeline, here’s hoping!

Morrison became even more beloved by TV fans thanks to Once Upon A Time.

After leaving House, Morrison worked on several other shows including How I Met Your Mother and played James Kirk’s mom in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. In 2011, she joined the cast of a brand new ABC fantasy drama that would, like House, go on to become a huge hit and developed a dedicated fanbase.


Once Upon A Time takes place in a fictional Maine town which is populated by fairy tale characters who don’t know that they’re fairy tale characters, having been cursed and banished to the real world by an evil queen. Emma, who is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, is the only person who has the ability to break the curse. Many, many seasons of fantastical hijinks ensue.

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Morrison left the show in 2017 after six seasons. “I spent six years year on House, a year on How I Met Your Mother and spent 6 years on Once Upon a Time, and collectively that’s 13 years of network schedule, which is an amazing and incredible gift but it’s a grueling schedule,” she said at the time. “I’ve been transitioning into doing more directing, I’ve had some opportunities that I’ve passed up along the years in order to fulfill these network schedules, and I really had to weigh where I was in my life. I’m just at an age and a time in my life where I want to be home, I want to be with my family and my friends, to have a chance to have a personal life for a while, and also wanted to be available to do other creative things.”

She’s also a director.

Morrison made her directorial debut on the 2017 movie Sun Dogs, in which she also starred, and more recently directed an episode of the acclaimed HBO teen drama Euphoria.

She’s going to play a huge part in This Is Us going forward.


Unsurprisingly, Morrison did not sign on for a small part. The season four premiere ended with Cassidy witnessing Nicky throw a chair through the window of the veterans support group, and later watching with sympathy as he’s arrested and led away in handcuffs. Given that Cassidy has struggled both with PTSD and with alcoholism, it’s likely that she’s going to find a lot of common ground not only with Nicky, but also with Kevin (Justin Hartley), who is called in to bail Nicky out of jail.

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“She’s a huge part of our season and I think it goes without saying that she wasn’t put in this episode to just be somebody who happened to be in a room when the chair went through a window,” series creator Dan Fogelman told The Hollywood Reporter of Morrison. “She’s going to play a big part, clearly, in Kevin’s story moving forward and obviously Nicky’s.”

Fogelman did get a little more specific, adding that Cassidy’s storyline is “a very interesting and very unusual and deep and a very important relationship for Kevin moving forward, and obviously for Nicky as well. To say anything more about it kind of spoils it… I think it goes in a funny direction, in a weird direction and occasionally dark direction that I think will be exciting for people, especially in relationship to Kevin.” Intrigued yet?

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Jennifer Morrison during 2016 Entertainment Weekly Party for SAG Award Nominees in Los Angeles

You know her as Emma Swan of ABC adventure fantasy series Once Upon a Time (2011-Present). She is the one who’s protecting her town from all kinds of dangers and works hard for the same. Off-screen, she is known as Jennifer Morrison who has to struggle a lot in order to keep herself healthy. She is a victim of Migraine like 37 million Americans so she has to keep her lifestyle customized to beat migraine attacks. She also works hard to look great on screen by watching her diet and working out regularly. Here’s a list of things the actress does to stay fit and look great.

No Unhealthy Snacking

Gorging on unhealthy snacks when everyone’s around you is a tough thing. Jen deals with this situation every day. She says there are loads of chips, donuts and other treats easily available on the set but she resists them continually. She believes that once you start snacking, you will probably end up snacking all day. So, she avoids eating on the set.

Plan Your Meals

The American actress has a unique method of avoiding mindless snacking. She brings in her own lunch which mostly consists of dinner leftovers or salads and focuses on eating it. She also plans her dinner in advance and looks forward to eating the meals she has planned, to avoid indulging in mindless snacking, reports Delish.

Choose Good Snack Options

If she really needs to snack on something, she opts for snacking on fresh vegetables and fruits. This healthy habit allows her to have a little indulgent dinner because she has eaten healthy all day.

Jennifer Morrison looking hot during Men’s Fitness photoshoot in 2009

No Place for Hunger

One of the best advice shared by the TV star is that you should never let yourself be hungry. If you are hungry, you will probably eat anything without thinking about its impact on your health. So, make sure that you have a filling meal most of the time. She sticks to vegetables and fish mostly but often has steak. She also has red meat occasionally (once every week). These steps help her to stay in tune with her body’s cravings and allow her to never feel too hungry for a specific food.

Controlling Migraine through Lifestyle Changes

Morrison has been a victim of migraine since many years now and by trial and error, she has found a few lifestyle changes that help her to stay away from the pain as much as possible. Some of the changes that help her are drinking plenty of water, staying away from bright lights and getting ample amount of sleep.

As exhaustion and dehydration often trigger her migraine attacks, the beauty gets a good night sleep almost every day, stays away from bright lights as much as she can and drinks at least 3 liters of water every day.

Special Coffee

Jennifer Morrison took a break on the set of Once Upon a Time in Burnaby. These breaks help her relax.

J-Mo likes to have her own bulletproof coffee in the morning. She just takes a usual coffee, adds a bit of concentrated coconut oil and grain-fed butter to it. The fats keep her energized throughout the day. She has an unhealthy habit of not having breakfast in the morning (which you must avoid learning from her).

Diet Wishes

The former How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) actress really wishes for unhealthy diet options such as pizza or pasta but rarely has them. She is also a big fan of plain cheese. She used to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich stuffed with Cheetos when she was younger. She really misses it but admits that she hasn’t had the big fluffy Cheetos she loved since many years now.

Workout Routine

Jennifer Morrison running workout

The workout regime of the lovely lady revolves around yoga and running. She does yoga at least 4 or 5 times a week. It’s the time she relaxes and slows down a bit. She prefers hot yoga and has been doing it for more than 12 years now. Her yoga sessions usually last for one hour. She is also a fan of running as it helps her to stay lean. She wishes to try Pilates.

Relaxation Methods

The Chicago-born likes to fit relaxation into her daily life, she told LA Times a few months back. She relaxes by listening to soothing music or reading a book even if it’s for just 10 minutes.

Afternoon Naps

The model loves to take naps too. Jennifer takes an afternoon nap almost daily during lunchtime in her trailer. It energizes her and help her do her job in a better way.

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Fitness Tips from House’s Jennifer Morrison

Matthew HranekWhat does House MD star Jennifer Morrison do to stay in shape? She shares her fitness tips.

Q: What is your favorite workout these days?
For about a year-and-a-half Ive been pretty consistently boxing, which I really love because I dont notice the time passing. Its a great workout — they say you burn like 1,000 calories in an hour. But its also a great cardio. I try to keep several different things on rotation just so I am not getting stuck or bored.

Q: Youve learned to skateboard and snowboard and surf for different roles. What is it like to embrace these bruise-worthy forms of fitness?
Those are all things that would have been terrifying to me had I done them just for the heck of it. But when it is my job to learn how to do something, Im completely fearless. There is this very macho, determined thing that sets into me when I am playing a character that has to do something physical. I have to figure out how to do it and I will figure out how to do it very fast.

Q: Dont you want to box that motivation and keep it for later use?
I wish I had the same sort of fearlessness. I have done that with some things. It is not as dangerous as the other things, but I recently started learning how to golf, which is probably the most frustrating sport on the planet. I do try to take on things that are a challenge. Youve got to keep pushing your boundaries.

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