Many might recognise Kevin Smith for his role as Silent Bob in the film “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, but like himself, his wife Jennifer Schwalbach is also an actress with a few notable titles in her repertoire. Although Jennifer’s career has not been as successful as her comedian husband’s, she has nonetheless had her fair share of public appreciation. The couple first met in 1999, and soon afterwards made their vows. At the time, Jennifer was expecting their first and only child, a daughter who was named after the Batman villainess Harley Quinn.
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4-7: Jennifer Schwalbach Smith turned 46. She married Kevin Smith and appeared in Clerks and Clerks II, as well as Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.
Here follows a quick look at all the untold truths that we could dig up on the actress Jennifer Schwalbach Smith.
Early life and family
Nothing much has been revealed about Jennifer’s childhood, except that she was born in Newark, New Jersey on 7 April 1971, as Jennifer Mary Schwalbach. It has never been disclosed who her birth parents are, or what her early years of life were like. Most of her past has remained a closely kept secret, and she only gained recognition when she joined the ranks of the many celebrities in Hollywood.
As much as Jennifer’s early life remains shrouded in mystery, her educational background is equally unknown. She has never disclosed to anyone where she received her education, and thus it is not known where she matriculated from high school, nor if she received any further education at a university or college.
Since she did formerly work as a reporter, it would be implausible to consider that she hasn’t a professional education. Various sources mention individually that Jennifer matriculated from Coral Springs High School, Florida, then enrolled at Florida State University, but also studied at the University of California, Los Angeles – her subjects aren’t identified.
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A reunion for the ages with Jen Schwalbach Smith, my first adopted mom on the west coast nearly a decade ago who was a major driving force encouraging me to get into film school and then make the move from Orlando to LA. After years of street hockey, monocle parties, my very first trip to LA where she threw me a surprise 20th birthday and I fell in love with this city, and my return a year later where she patiently waited to cheers my first ever adult beverage on my 21st birthday, it was very comforting to have a moment to catch up now that I’m finally calling LA my home! #TBT @jenschwalbach 📸: @savrodgersfilm #JayAndSilentBobReboot
Before making her mark in films, Jennifer worked as a reporter for USA Today, the iconic New York-based newspaper that is distributed nationally across the US and internationally to various places in the globe, including neighbouring country Canada. Jennifer also later landed a job at MTV, but had to resign because she was expecting her child begotten from Kevin Smith, who would later become her husband.
Her debut into acting was all due to the influence of her husband, who is a writer and producer of several notable films. Upon asking Kevin, Jennifer was given a role in one of the films he had been working on. Kevin was in search of an actress who could play the role of Missy McKenzie, and decided to give Jennifer a chance.
In 2001 Jennifer made her screen debut in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”. Their daughter, Harley Quinn also made an appearance in the film as Silent Bob, when he was still an infant.
The next year, she made an independent appearance in the film “Now You Know”, but it was a small role that didn’t gain her much credit. Her continued success as an actress was in several more Kevin Smith-related productions. In 2004 she starred in “Jersey Girl” as Susan, directed and co-edited by her husband Kevin.
In the same year, Jennifer made her debut as a director, for the documentary “Oh, What A Lovely Tea Party”, a three hour production about the creation and filming of the “Jay and Silent Bob” films.
In 2005, Jennifer starred alongside her husband in two consecutive episodes of the Canadian teen drama series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. The following year she appeared in the film “Clerks II”, which was both written and produced by Kevin, and in 2008 appeared in another production of his, which starred Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in the controversial “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”.
Jennifer’s other appearances include “Red State”, “Tusk”, “Yoga Hosers” and “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”. Other than just acting, Jennifer has also worked as the producer for the films “Tusk” and “Yoga Hosers”.
Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts
Not much is known about Jennifer’s personal likes, dislikes or preferences, except that she has been a vegetarian her whole life. Jennifer is known for a supposedly scandalous appearance in the 2004 January issue of the 50th-anniversary edition of Playboy magazine. Jennifer had posed nude with a superman look-alike model – the photographs were reportedly taken by her husband Kevin.
To date, the only relationship Jennifer has been involved in that gained media attention, has been with her husband. The couple met when Jennifer was assigned to do an interview with Kevin while still working for USA Today. This was during the time rumours were spread that Ben Affleck, a long-time friend of Kevin, and Matt Damon had stolen the script of “Good Will Hunting” from Kevin. The couple married on 25 April 1999, and on 26 June Jennifer gave birth to their daughter Harley Quinn Smith.
- Date of Birth: 7 April 1971
- Hair colour: Dark Brown
- Eye colour: Brown
- Height: 5ft 11ins (1.78m)
- Weight: 127lbs (58kgs)
- Shoe Size: 8.5 (US)
- Bra Size: Unknown
- Star Sign: Aries
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
Jennifer’s reported net worth in mid-2020 stands at an estimated grand total of $5 million.