In the late '90s, Westfeldt was just another working no-name actress, alternately playing dizzy or neurotic blondes on TV series like Two Guys and a Girl
(back when Pizza Place
was part of the sitcom's title) and Judging Amy
. In order to take control of her career trajectory, she began honing her own material, including Lipschtick, a series of sketches she wrote and performed with fellow starlet Heather Juergensen. Together they wrote, produced and starred in the delightful indie comedy Kissing Jessica Stein
, playing a pair of romantically challenged urban heterosexuals who decide to give lesbianism a try. The flick was an art-house hit, racking up numerous film-festival awards and showcasing Westfeldt's quirkily endearing personality. In 2004, the multitalented actress made her Broadway debut in a revival of Wonderful Town,
which highlighted her solid singing and dancing chops and earned her a Tony nomination. After starring in another indie comedy that she wrote and produced, Ira & Abby
, in 2006, she continued to make small-screen appearances on such series as Notes from the Underbelly
, Grey's Anatomy
.Jennifer Westfeldt Fast Facts:
- Sang with the a cappella group Redhot & Blue while attending Yale University.
- Cowrote and coproduced the 2001 indie hit Kissing Jessica Stein with costar Heather Juergensen.
- Was nominated for an IFP Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay in 2003 for Kissing Jessica Stein.
- Wrote and starred in the 2006 romantic comedy Ira & Abby.
- Had a recurring role in the final season of 24.
- Jennifer Westfeldt Relationships:
- Jon Hamm - Significant Other
- Jennifer Westfeldt Awards:
- 2004 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Musical) - Nominee
- Yale University, New Haven, CT