Worked as a waitress and as an exercise instructor while pursuing an acting career.
Studied at the Actors Studio in New York.
Appeared as a dancer on Club MTV.
Says she turned down a recurring role on The Sopranos because it would have required her to appear in sex scenes.
Was originally cast as the second-oldest sister in Related. After shooting the pilot, however, the show was reworked to make her character the oldest sibling.
Revealed in 2011 that she had been diagnosed with celiac disease; she subsequently opened a gluten-free bakery in New York and released a book, Jennifer's Way, in 2014 about her struggles with the disease.
2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner