My Wife and Kids
Discovered by a talent manager at age 13, Jennifer Freeman would later be popular among TV viewers as the innocent and naive Claire Kyle on ABC's sitcom "My Wife and Kids" (2001-2005), a role which earned her a Teen Choice Award and a Young Artist Award nominations. She also has appeared in such TV shows as "7th Heaven," "7th Heaven," "Lizzie McGuire," "The O.C.," "One on One" and "The ½ Hour News Hour."
On the big screen, Freeman is best remembered for her role as Liyah, the sister of Marques Houston's character and Omarion's affection, in the musical drama "You Got Served" (2004). The actress who made her feature debut in the independent film "The Visit" (2000) also could be seen in in the films "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004) and "Mercy Street" (2006). Next, she will appear in the upcoming films "The Caretaker," opposite Jennifer Tilly, and "Jada," alongside Siena Goines.
The 5' 7" young star was named as one of the “Top 10 Hot Teens to Watch” by TV guide in 2003 and has appeared on the dual cover issue of “King” magazine. She is also well-known as a spokesmodel for the “Neutrogena” skin care products company.
Childhood and Family:
In Los Angeles, California, Jennifer Nicole Freeman was born on October 20, 1985. Alongside her younger twin sisters, Megan and Melissa (played her friends in an episode of her show “My Wife and Kids”), Jennifer was raised in Long Beach by her mother.
When she is not busy filming, Jennifer enjoys singing, swimming, rollerblading, cooking, dancing, shopping and playing basketball. She is huge fan of rapper Malicious Jynx and actor Orlando Bloom.
Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with best friend Kyla Pratt from “One on One” and is currently studying Psychology.
You Got Served
A California native, Jennifer Freeman has always wanted to be an actress. At the early age of 13, she was spotted by a talent manager in a grocery store and soon found herself meeting a string of casting directors. By this time, she has been started modeling for television commercials.
In 2000, Jennifer made her feature film debut in the film director Jordan Walker-Pearlman's adaptation of Kosmond Russell's play, "The Visit," in which she portrayed a younger version of Rae Dawn Chong's character.
Meanwhile, she began receiving guest roles, notably in an episode of The WB/CW's family drama series "7th Heaven" and Disney Channel's comedy "Even Stevens." Jennifer also could be seen in the made-for-television movie "The '70s," with Brad Rowe, Guy Torry, Vinessa Shaw and Amy Smart.
2001 proved to be Jennifer's breakout year when she replaced Jazz Raycole to play the innocent and naive Claire Kyle on ABC's sitcom "My Wife and Kids." She worked in the show until 2005 and her performance has earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice TV Actress – Comedy and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama), which she shared with co-stars Parker McKenna Posey and George Gore II.
During her "My Wife and Kids" stint, Jennifer was named one of the “Top 10 Hot Teens to Watch” by TV Guide in 2003. In the following year, she began a nationwide print and television campaign as one of the young fresh faces of “Neutrogena” skin care products company.
Meanwhile, Jennifer landed a female lead role in writer/director Chris Stokes' musical drama film, "You Got Served" (2004), playing Liyah, the sister of Marques Houston's character and Omarion's affection. She also appears in the music videos "What A Girl Wants" and "Girlfriend" for the boy band who starred in "You Got Served" (2004), B2K.
That same year, Jennifer was also cast in Christopher Erskin's comedy film "Johnson Family Vacation," alongside Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa L. Williams, Bow Wow and Solange Knowles.
Besides on "My Wife and Kids," TV viewers could catch Jennifer guest starring in an episode of Disney Channel Original Series starring Hilary Duff, "Lizzie McGuire," and Fox's teen drama series "The O.C."
Following the end of her show "My Wife and Kids," Jennifer received a guest role in a March 2006 episode of her best friend Kyla Pratt's show on the now-defunct UPN, "One on One." That same year, she also starred in writer/director Michael David Trozzo's dramatic film, "Mercy Street," alongside Jason Finn, De'Angelo Wilson, Tony Todd and Aimee Garcia.
Recently, in September 2007, Jennifer was spotted as a guest on Fox News Channel's short-lived television news satire show, "The 1/2 Hour News Hour."
Jennifer is currently busy on set working on her upcoming film project, "The Caretaker," a dark comedy directed by Bryce Olson and stars Jennifer Tilly. She will also soon complete a drama film written by Daniel Chavez, "Jada," portraying the title role's (played by Siena Goines) daughter Jasmine.
On stage, Jennifer was credited in the Los Angeles-area productions of “The Wiz,” in which she played Dorothy, and "The Gift," in which she portrayed Billa.
In the future, Jennifer plans to try her hand in singing and producing.