IN REAL LIFE

ANDREA RAYMER

Jennifer Morrison takes some time out of the fairy tale world of ABC’s Once Upon a Time to give Imagista a glimpse into her real life, as well as telling us about her true loves of acting and film. 

Imagista: How would you describe what you do?
Jennifer Morrison: Acting for me is emotional, passionate, and empathic.

Imagista: How long have you been doing it?
JM: I first stepped on stage when I was 5 years old, and I did my first film when I was 13. So most of my life.

Imagista: What do you love about it?
JM: Acting forces me to consider people’s behavior and choices from many different perspectives. I like to think that every character I play helps me to find more empathy and connectedness to the people in my life.

Imagista: What are you most proud about or most excited about?
JM: I am very excited about branching out into directing. I just directed my first short film. I will always continue acting, but I do hope to continue directing as well.

Imagista: Anything coming up that really excites you?
JM: I have not taken time off in ten years, I am hoping to schedule some down time in my next hiatus from ONCE UPON A TIME.

Imagista: Who or what is your greatest inspiration? What makes you the happiest?
JM: Passion excites me. Passion in any form—I find inspiration as an actor and in life in general in the books, art, music, and people around me.

Imagista: Who in the creative world do you most identify or are most inspired by? What about them inspires you?
JM: The list goes on and on. I don’t even know how to narrow it down. For the past couple of years, I have been working my way through directors that I like and watching their films in order of when they were made. Even when I don’t love every film, I still find the creative process inspiring. Everything creative demands a disciplined determination just to be completed. Sometimes I learn just as much from what I don’t like as I do from what I do like.

Imagista: Who or what do you love most in the world and why?
JM: As for who I love, my family is by far the most important part of my life. As for what I love, I would say, probably some of the simple comforts in life. The daily rituals – good coffee, my favorite restaurants, the comforts of home, a glass of wine with friends, a great bowl of pasta. The simplest things are the things I love most.

Imagista: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would you be doing or like to be doing?
JM: It has always been almost impossible to imagine doing anything outside of acting and directing, but I do think I would enjoy interior design. I found great joy in decorating my home.

Imagista: Who do you think is the most underrated artist in the world right now?
JM: Probably my sister. She is a music therapist and also a singer/songwriter. I recently watched her work and I was blown away by the impact she had in such a short time. She is also constantly sending me new songs that she has written. She wrote a song for the short film that I directed and people keep asking me for her album. I’m determined to find a way to make that album happen.

Imagista: What is your most valued possession?
JM: I am not sure if it counts as a possession, but my dog. She is such a comforting source of joy and love in my life.

Imagista: What are your three favorite places on the planet?
JM: My home in NYC, my home in LA, my parent’s home in Chicago. I like to be home.

Imagista: If you were a bumper sticker, what would it say?
JM: I’m always ready.

CONTRIBUTORS

Photographer: Tina Turnbow
Actress: Jennifer Morrison
Makeup: Tina Turnbow

Hair: Eloise Cheung
Retouching: Becky Siegel