Jennifer Westfeldt

Actress, Writer, Producer
Actress-writer-producer-director Jennifer Westfeldt enjoyed the rare opportunity to craft a career largely of her own design, outside the constraints of mainstream Hollywood. Although she found early success as regular ... Read more »
Born: 02/02/1970 in Guilford, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

Girls 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Childrens Hospital 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

Julie Keller (Actor)

24 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Notes from the Underbelly 2006 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

Abby Willoughby (Actor)

Keep Your Distance 2005 (Movie)

Melody Carpenter (Actor)

Hack 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

How to Lose Your Lover 2003 (Movie)

Val (Actor)

Kissing Jessica Stein 2002 (Movie)

Jessica Stein (Actor)

Judging Amy 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Holding the Baby 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Before You Say I Do (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kissing Jessica Stein 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Kissing Jessica Stein 2002 (Movie)

(Play: LIPSCHTICK) (Source Material)
Producer (3)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ira & Abby 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Kissing Jessica Stein 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Director (1)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Actress-writer-producer-director Jennifer Westfeldt enjoyed the rare opportunity to craft a career largely of her own design, outside the constraints of mainstream Hollywood. Although she found early success as regular cast member on the sitcom "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" (ABC 1998-2001), the ambitious Westfeldt walked away after only one season to pursue her grander goals. Looking to write her own ticket, she and longtime collaborator Heather Juergensen wrote, produced and starred in the indie romantic comedy hit "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2001). A lauded run in the Broadway musical "Wonderful Town" followed, although a return to television - this time as co-star on the pregnancy sitcom "Notes from the Underbelly" (ABC, 2007-08) - met with disappointment. Another effort as a writer-producer-star in the quirky marital comedy "Ira and Abby" (2007) was followed by a starring turn in the made-for-TV romance "Before I Say 'I Do'" (Hallmark Channel, 2009) and a recurring role on the final season of the long-running Kiefer Sutherland drama "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). The quadruple-hyphenate then took a turn in the director's chair for the first time with the ensemble comedy-drama effort "Friends with Kids" (2012), which featured an ensemble cast of comedy stars including Adam Scott, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Westfeldt's longtime boyfriend, actor Jon Hamm. A true renaissance woman, Westfeldt had enough talent, drive and experience to remain a notable presence in film and television for years to come.

Relationships

Jon Hamm Actor

Companion
Met in 1997 when they co-starred in Westfeldt's off-Broadway play "Lipschtick" Hamm had small roles in her films "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2001), "Ira and Abby" (2006), and "Friends with Kids" (2012)

Constance Meyers

Mother

Patrick Westfeldt

Father

EDUCATION

Guilford High School

Guilford , Connecticut
Starred in several school productions

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut
Sang with the Yale a cappella group Redhot & Blue

Milestones

2012

Wrote, directed, and co-starred in the ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids"

2010

Joined the eighth season of "24" (Fox)

2009

Appeared on several episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

2009

Starred in Cusi Cram's off-Broadway production of "A Lifetime Burning"

2007

Wrote, produced, and starred in the quirky romantic comedy "Ira and Abby"

2007

Starred as a woman dealing with an unplanned pregnancy on the ABC comedy "Notes from the Underbelly"

2004

Returned to the stage, making her Broadway debut in the musical "Wonderful Town"; earned a Tony nomination

2002

Co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in the indie feature "Kissing Jessica Stein," based on her play "Lipschtick"

2001

Appeared in the independent feature "See Jane Run"

2001

Landed a recurring role on the CBS drama "Judging Amy"

1999

Co-starred with Tony Danza in the musical "Fiorello!"

1998

Landed a role as a series regular on the ABC series "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place"

1998

Cast as the lead on the ill-fated Fox series "Holding the Baby"

1997

With friend Heather Juergensen, co-wrote "Lipschtick," a play about the hardships of the New York dating scene

Offered a development deal with Twentieth Century Fox Studio

Bonus Trivia

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"I think women should support each other's work, encourage each other's work, help develop each other's voices and I think, ultimately, when we can stop having the conversation about 'women filmmakers', and just talk about 'filmmakers', then we'll know we've really gotten somewhere." -- Indiewire, March 10, 2012

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Worked regularly with Jon Hamm, her boyfriend of 18 years.

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