Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Ginnifer Goodwin has quickly found a home in Hollywood. With effusive talent, she shined in the Oscar-nominated biopic Walk the Line as Johnny Cash’s first wife, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. She recently completed production on National Geographic’s upcoming telepic Killing Kennedy, starring as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy opposite Rob Lowe’s JFK. The drama, produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, tells the provocative story of Kennedy’s last days. The movie is set to premiere in November.
Goodwin was seen in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Big Love, opposite Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny and produced by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions. In 2011 she performed in an industry reading of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley’s comedy, The Miss Firecracker Contest, directed by Judith Ivey and featuring Christopher Burns, Louis Cancelmi, Lauren Cohn, Mary Catherine Garrison and Ronica Reddick.
Her other films include Something Borrowed, opposite Kate Hudson and based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin; Ramona and Beezus; Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth; He’s Just Not That Into You, with Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Anniston; Jonathan Kasdan’s In the Land of Women; and the independent films Day Zero, with Chris Klein and Elijah Wood, and Birds of America, with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank.
Goodwin is a classically trained actress who holds a BFA in acting from Boston University. In 1997 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. She returned to England in 2000 to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During her senior year at Boston University, Goodwin performed in a number of student films and several college and local stage productions. She was presented with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated with honors.
Moving to New York City following graduation, Goodwin landed a guest role on an episode of Law & Order. In 2001 she joined the cast of the comedy series Ed, playing the bookishly cynical Diane Snyder. She also starred in Comedy Central’s telefilm Porn ‘N Chicken. Her breakthrough role came in her first feature film, Mike Newell’s Mona Lisa Smile, in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, with Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace.
Goodwin voices the character of Jean-Marie St. Cloud in Electric City, an animated series produced by Playtone and Reliance Entertainment, which debuted on Yahoo! in July 2012. She co-stars with Tom Hanks, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Holland Taylor, among others. The show was created and written by Tom Hanks and is co-executive produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman.
Goodwin was recently honored at the 2012 Young Hollywood Awards as the Fashion Icon of the Year.
She currently resides in Los Angeles.