Malaysian born actress Wendy Hoopes, also sometimes credited as Hannah, is perhaps most famous for her roles on the MTV animated series “Daria” (1997-2002), where she provided the voices of the characters Quinn Morgendorffer, Helen Morgendorffer and Jane Lane. She has also guest starred in a number of television series, including “Sex and the City,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Judging Amy,” “Grey's Anatomy” and “The Good Wife” and played recurring roles on “LAX” (11 episodes, 2002-2005) and “Brotherhood” (4 episodes, 2006-2007). Her film credits include “Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story” (1996, TV), “Private Parts” (1997), “Killing Cinderella” (2000) and “Calling Bobcat” (2000). In addition, she directed, scripted and produced the 2009 short film “Peach Farm (The Veil).” In 2001, Hoopes wrote “The Rain Poems,” which was published by Them Press.
Childhood and Family:
The fourth of five children, Wendy Hoopes was born on November 4, 1972, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She spent her childhood overseas and in Washington, D.C. She attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
After receiving her BFA degree from the Tisch School of the Arts, Wendy Hoopes landed the role of Bee Bee in Eric Bogosian's acclaimed hit “Suburbia” at the Lincoln Center. Directed by Robert Falls, the play ran from April to August 1994. The original cast also included Martha Plimpton, Josh Hamilton and Steve Zahn.
In March 1996, Hoopes debuted on television as Beth Paxton in the pilot of the UPN series “Swift Justice.” Later that same year, she appeared as Rebecca Skolnik in an episode of the Fox dramatic series “New York Undercover” called “Going Platinum.” In between the shows, she made her television film debut in the CBS biopic “Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story,” which was based on the life of sports reporter and basketball coach Jimmy Valvan. The film starred Anthony LaPaglia as Jimmy, was directed by Marcus Cole and written by Adam Greenman.
In 1997, Hoopes branched out to the big screen with a small role in “Private Parts,” a film adaptation of the 1993 best selling book of the same name by radio personality Howard Stern. Directed by Betty Thomas and produced by Ivan Reitman, the movie received primarily good reviews from critics and debuted at No. 1 at the America's box office.
Hoopes, however, did not gain her first real break on television until she scored multiple roles (Jane Lane, Quinn Morgendorffer and Helen Barksdale Morgendorffer) on the MTV animated series “Daria,” a spin off of the Mike Judge animated “Beavis and Butt-head” series. Created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn, the show ran from March 3, 1997, to January 21, 2002, and received wide acclaim for its storytelling and characters. While on the series, Hoopes landed roles on other television shows and in films. In 1998, she appeared with Scott Cohen, Olympia Dukakis, Jamie Gonzalez and Roy Scheider in the comedy “Better Living,” which premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival on November 2, 1998. The next year, she guest starred as Lennox in an episode of “Sex and the City” called “They Shoot Single People, Don't They?” She then teamed up with Patricia Kalember, Anthony Clark, Marin Hinkle, Jessica Capshaw and Ray Ellin for the Lisa Abbatiello film “Killing Cinderella” (2000), starred as Watson on “101 Ways (The Things a Girl Will Do to Keep Her Volvo)” (2000), a comedy written and directed by Jennifer B. Katz, supported Jayce Bartok, Rob King and Ron Faber in Paul Kermizian's “Calling Bobcat” (2000) and was cast in the Rebecca Dreyfus helmed “Roadblock” (2000), opposite Jessica Lynn. Also in 2000, she appeared in an episode of “Third Watch” (as Bonnie Bryman) and reprised her voice roles of Jane Lane, Helen Barksdale Morgendorffer and Quinn Morgendorffer on “Is It Fall Yet,” the first of two TV movie length installments derived from the series “Daria.” She also returned for the second television movie “Is It College Yet” (2002) and in “Daria: Look Back in Annoyance” (2002), where she voiced Jane Lane.
After “Daria” left the airwaves, Hoopes appeared in episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2003), “Hey Joel” (2003), “The Jury” (2004), “Judging Amy” (2005) and “Law & Order” (2005). She also lent her voice for the animated TV miniseries “The Wrong Coast” (2004), starring the voices of Mark Hamill, Kathryn Greenwood and Ashley Albert. She then played the recurring role of Betty on the short lived dramatic series “LAX” from 2004 to 2005. In 2006, she joined the cast of the Showtime series “Brotherhood” as Fiona Cork, a role she reprised for three more episodes in 2007. In 2008, she portrayed Sarah Fitzgerald on “In Heat,” an episode of “Criminal Minds.” She then appeared as Tricia Shelley in a 2009 episode of “Grey's Anatomy” called “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” (2009). In 2009, Hoopes made her directing debut with the short “Peach Farm (The Veil),” which she wrote and produced.
Recently, in 2011, Hoopes appeared as Karen Jennings in an episode of “The Good Wife” called “Wrongful Termination.”