How do you describe a career shift from journalism to acting? Now hold on just yet! Don’t say it’s easy – there are many examples to burst your bubble. Like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s move from wrestling to acting, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith has made a career change only fitting for the bold and daring. While she may not have soared like The Rock, her milestones so far are nothing short of amazing. Asides being an actress and former news reporter, Schwalbach is also a mother, and wife of the ace movie director, Kevin Smith. Rings a bell? Guess who eased her career shift. You got it! This post zeroes in on Jennifer Schwalbach Smith’s bio, kids, family and other interesting facts to know. Voila!
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith’s Bio
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith was born in Newark, New Jersey, on April 7, 1971. Although we have no handle on her childhood and early education, parents, and siblings; we know, however, that she attended Florida State University. For reasons we’re yet to know, she did not conclude her college education at Florida State University. She went on to graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her specialization is not known, but it’s safe to assume that she majored in a media/journalism-related field.
Formerly a reporter for USA Today, Jennifer Schwalbach began her career as a reporter until when she switched jobs to MTV. Interestingly, she even interviewed her would-be husband, Kevin Smith, while working with USA Today. Months into her work at MTV, Smith resigned after becoming pregnant with their daughter. In 2001, the big shift happened.
According to sources, Kevin Smith was desperately looking for someone who would play the character of Missy, one of the female diamond robbers in his 2001 film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. In a stroke of fate, his wife, Schwalbach, chose to go for it. Thus, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith’s career as a producer and actress kicked off. Plus, the movie also featured their infant daughter, Harley, who appeared on the film as the infant Silent Bob.
Smith also made brief appearances in several other productions by her husbands such as Jersey Girl and in one episode of the Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Smith also appeared in the 2002 film Now You Know, as a prostitute. And in a much-criticized move, she appeared nude for Playboy Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Issue, in January 2004.
Interestingly, the photo was taken by her husband, Kevin Smith.
In 2006, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith played the role of Emma Bunting in the comedy movie Clerks II. Two years later, she took up a supporting role in the sex comedy film, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, directed by her husband. Away from comedy, she starred as Esther Cooper in the 2011 horror movie, Red State. In 2010, Smith and her director husband started co-hosting a podcast they named Plus One. The podcast has aired about 40 episodes as of mid-2013.
Her Family (Kids)
Did we mention that she once interviewed Kevin Smith? That’s where the love story begins. The scheduled interview originally meant to quell rumors surrounding his authorship of Good Will Hunting, morphed into a romantic relationship that resulted in their first child as a couple.
After a short period of dating, the couple tied the knot on April 25, 1999, and months later, on June 26, 1999, they welcomed their daughter whom they christened Harley Quinn Smith. So far, we’ve got no wind about rifts, cheating, separation or a divorce coming from their union. As of this writing, they live happily in Hollywood Hills.
Facts About Kevin Smith’s Wife
1. Salary and Net Worth
As far as specifics go, Jennifer Schwalbach’s annual income isn’t known. However, sources reveal that she has a net worth of over $5 million. While that’s no chicken feed, it stands four times smaller than her husband’s $25 million fortune.
2. Height and Body Measurements
Jennifer Schwalbach has a slim build, and she stands 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters) tall. The actress has beautiful brown eyes and as of when this report was filed, we are yet to confirm other details of her body measurements.
3. Social Media Presence
Though an actress and media personality, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith is relatively low-key on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. However, she has a Twitter account where she has over 54k followers.