Jennifer Marie Morrison is an American actress, producer, and former child model. She is known for her roles as Dr. Allison Cameron in the medical-drama series House and Emma Swan in the ABC adventure-fantasy series Once Upon a Time. She also has portrayed Zoey Pierson, one of Ted Mosby’s love interests on the comedy series How I Met Your Mother; Winona Kirk, mother of James T. Kirk in the science-fiction film Star Trek; and Tess Conlon in the sports drama film Warrior.
Morrison’s first leading role came in Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind, Surviving Christmas, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Morrison played the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House. She starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. She is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to the attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands.
Morrison appeared in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk’s mother, Winona. She then joined the cast of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Pierson, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and “the biggest female character we’ve maybe ever added to the show in Ted’s life”, according to executive producer. She played the role of Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector who turns out to be the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming in ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
In 2018 she will star in the films Assassination Nation with Bill Skarsgard, Black Roads, SuperFly, and All Creatures Here Below with FanX® SLCC Alumni Karen Gillan.