A former reporter for USA Today, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, who is often credited as Jennifer Schwalbach and Jennifer Smith, began acting in 2001 after marrying writer/director Kevin Smith. She has appeared in Smith's films "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), "Jersey Girl" (2004), and "Clerks II" (2006). She will next be seen alongside Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in Smith's upcoming comedy film, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," which is scheduled for October 31, 2008 release.
The 5' 10" actress, who has one daughter with Smith, was photographed by her husband for Playboy's 50th Anniversary, to be released in December 2003. The photo actually appeared in the January 2004 edition.
Childhood and Family:
In Newark, New Jersey, Jennifer Mary Schwalbach was born on April 7, 1971. A former journalist for USA Today, Schwalbach met her husband, writer/director Kevin Smith (born on August 2, 1970), while interviewing him regarding rumors that he was the true author of “Good Will Hunting.” They were married on April 25, 1999 and have a daughter together, Harley Quinn Smith, named after The Joker's sidekick from Batman: the Animated Series, Harley Quinn. Godfather of their daughter Harley is actor Jason Lee.
After marriage, Schwalbach did not change her name to Jen Smith because it sounded "Too Jane Doe like." Her sister-in-law is actress Virginia Smith. Schwalbach now resides in Los Angeles with Smith, their daughter, and her parents.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Initially working as a reporter for USA Today, Jennifer Schwalbach began acting in 2001, two years after marrying writer/director Kevin Smith. She made her film debut in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), a comedy directed, written, and co-starred by her husband and Jason Mewes. She followed it up with the next year's film, "Now You Know" (2002), a romantic comedy directed, written by, and starring Jeff Anderson.
Two years later, Schwalbach was directed by her husband Smith, who also wrote the romantic drama comedy movie "Jersey Girl" (2004; starring Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, and George Carlin), Smith's biggest-budget project to date that ended up under-performing at the box office. That same year, Schwalbach made her directional debut by helming a documentary about the making of the film "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," "Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party."
In the subsequent years, Schwalbach guest-starred in dual episodes of the Canadian teen drama television series "Degrassi: The Next Generation." She also appeared in the sequel to husband Kevin Smith's 1994 movie "Clerks," "Clerks II" (2006), which screened out of competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2006 Edinburgh International Film Festival. In the film, she co-starred as the domineering fiancée of Brian O'Halloran's lead character.
Schwalbach most recently completed her latest film, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," an upcoming comedy film written and directed by her husband Kevin Smith. The film that stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks is scheduled for October 31, 2008 release.