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Jennifer Ann Mollen Biggs (born May 30, 1979)[1] is an American actress and New York Times-best selling author.[2] Mollen is known for her portrayal of Nina Ash on the television series Angel, Viva Laughlin, the 2008 TV series Crash, and Girls. Mollen has published two collections of essays, and has written articles for various publications, including Cosmopolitan and Parents, among others.

Jenny Mollen
Mollen in 2018
Mollen in 2018
Born
Jennifer Ann Mollen

(1979-05-30) May 30, 1979 (age 40)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesJenny Mollen Biggs
Jenny Biggs
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationActress
Writer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)
Jason Biggs (m. 2008)
Children2

Early Life and EducationEdit

Mollen was born in Phoenix, Arizona.[3] Her father is Dr. Art Mollen, a well-known osteopathic physician, marathon runner,[4] and author based in Phoenix who has published five books on health topics and has appeared regularly as a health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show and other media outlets, including a weekly show on Good Morning Arizona.[5]

Mollen's father is Jewish,[6] and she was raised culturally Jewish though her mother, a nurse, is Christian.[7][8] She has a sister and a half-brother.[9]

In the late 1990s, Mollen graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.[3] She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles's School of Theater, Film, and Television.[10] She attended Antioch University.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

Mollen worked in local theater as a child. She worked at Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.[11]

In 2005, Mollen announced in an interview about her plans to perform in London in a play she wrote about her dog.[10]

In 2009, Mollen wrote the short film Kidnapping Caitlynn, which stars Jason Biggs, Julie Benz and herself. The film is directed by Katherine Cunningham Eves.

In 2012 and 2013, Mollen wrote a humor column for The Smoking Jacket, a website affiliated with Playboy,[12] as well as an advice column for Playboy.[13]

In January 2013, Mollen's signed with St. Martin's Press to write a book of comedic essays, I Like You Just The Way I Am.[14] The book reached #10 on The New York Times Best Seller list for Print & E-Book Nonfiction on its debut in June 2014.[15]

In June 2016, Mollen published a follow-up, Live Fast Die Hot,[16] which also subsequently became New York Times Best Seller at #8 in Humor.

On August 4, 2016, it was announced that ABC Digital acquired a single-camera comedy written and starring Mollen based on her NYT Best Seller I Like You Just The Way I Am.[17]

In 2016, Mollen co-starred with her husband Jason Biggs as fictional husband and wife characters in comedy film Amateur Night.[18]

Mollen's second book, Live Fast, Die Hot, was released in June 2016. The book went on to become a New York Times humor bestseller. In August 2016, it was reported that the film rights had been acquired by Warner Bros. with Anne Hathaway attached to star and Mollen attached to write and executive produce.[19]

Personal LifeEdit

On April 23, 2008, Mollen eloped and married actor Jason Biggs in Los Angeles, California.[20] In June 2008, they had a formal wedding ceremony in California's Napa Valley.[21] They met while filming My Best Friend's Girl.[22]

In July 2013, Biggs and Mollen announced they were expecting their first child.[23] Their son, Sid, was born on February 15, 2014. Their second son, Lazlo was born on October 2, 2017.

After living in Los Angeles for some time, in 2018 the Mollen Biggs family moved to New York City.[24]

Mollen speaks German fluently. She explained in an Instagram story on July 29, 2018 that in college she had a German boyfriend whose parents didn't speak any English. She lived in Germany with them after college and learning the language "just sort of happened." Wanting to enforce a language with her children (and having spoken German to her dog Teets), she speaks German with both of her children.

FilmographyEdit

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Influence Jessica the Influencer Short film
2003 Searching for Haizmann Grace Robin
2003 What was that? The damsel Video short
2003 Billy Makes The Cut Ashley Short film
2004 D.E.B.S. German Deb
2004 The Raven Lenna Short film
2005 Fear Itself Wendy
2006 Ring Around the Rosie Wendy Baldwin Video
2006 Cattle Call Marina Dell
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Colleen, the new girl
2008 An Inconvenient Penguin Dr. Gootentag Video short
2008 Off the Ledge Amber-Elizabeth
2009 Kidnapping Caitlynn Emily; screenplay Short film
2011 L!fe Happens Rita the Receptionist
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Lisa
2013 Extracted Abbey
2016 Amateur Night Anne Carter
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Susan Curran Episode: "Mr. Invisible"
2001 Strong Medicine Blonde Episode: "Black 'n' Flu"
2003–04 Angel Nina Ash Episodes: "Unleashed", "Smile Time", "Power Play"
2005 Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave Jenny Television film
2006 Medium Lydia Kyne Episode: "Method to His Madness"
2007 Viva Laughlin Geneva's sister Amy Unaired episodes[citation needed]
Episodes: "Need You Tonight", "Bad Moon Rising", "Taking Care of Business", "Fighter"
2008 Crash Tess Nolan / Theresa Nolanski Recurring role, 7 Episodes
2009 Chelsea Lately Herself (Round Table) Episode: "Episode dated 28 October 2009"
2010 Law & Order: LA Carly Morris Episode: "Playa Vista"
2011 CSI: NY Detective Angela Sayer Episode: "Life Sentence"
2011 Suits Gabby Stone Episode: "Tricks of the Trade"
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Dakota Hayes Episode: "Pa'ani"
2013 Wilfred Kim Episode: "Sincerity"
2014 Chelsea Lately Herself (Round Table) Episode: "Episode #8.98"
2014 Girls Courtney Episodes: "I Saw You", "Two Plane Rides"
2015 Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise Co-Host 6 Episodes
2016-17 Chelsea Herself; also writer 7 Episodes
2016 Chelsea Does Herself; writer TV Series documentary
Episode: "Chelsea Does Marriage"
2016 Chicago Fire Detective Bianca Holloway Episodes: "What Happened to Courtney", "I Will Be Walking", "The Last One for Mom"
2016 I Like You Just the Way I Am Jenny; producer, writer Episodes: "Drone Attack", "You Were ALMOST Kidnapped", "Teets on a Plane", "Sex with Luke"
2019 The Bachelorette Herself Episodes: "Episode #15.3"

Selected works and publicationsEdit

BooksEdit

  • Mollen, Jenny (2014). I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-466-83858-1. OCLC 886584103.
  • Mollen, Jenny (2016). Live Fast Die Hot. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-54070-4. OCLC 951807583.

PeriodicalsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jenny A Mollen - United States Public Records, 1970-2009". FamilySearch. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  2. ^ Tabach-Bank, Lauren (13 June 2014). "Talking Talent: Jenny Mollen's New Book of Laughs". T Magazine, The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Hawkes, Marilyn (1 February 2019). "Valley Kids: Jenny Mollen Biggs Author/Actress/Media Personality". Phoenix Magazine.
  4. ^ Verona, Rhonda S. (29 October 2015). "Art Mollen's Phoenix 10K hits 40 years running strong". The Arizona Republic.
  5. ^ Tropiano, Dolores (November 2010). "Dr. Art Mollen". Phoenix Magazine. p. 43. Archived from the original on 19 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Staff Writer (1 October 2012). "On the Run: Dr. Art Mollen is a busy guy". Arizona Jewish Life.
  7. ^ Klein, Amy (5 June 2014). "Jason Biggs Loves Being Mistaken as Jewish". Haaretz.
  8. ^ Miller, Gerri (5 February 2014). "Hollywood Now: The Monuments Men, Teller Directs, Jason Biggs Throws a Bark Mitzvah". InterfaithFamily.
  9. ^ Mollen, Jenny (17 July 2017). "Actress and Author Jenny Mollen Opens Up About Her Family's Scary Health Crisis". Marie Claire.
  10. ^ a b "An interview with Jenny Mollen". Return of the Living Dead official website. Archived from the original on 8 April 2005. Retrieved 18 July 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  11. ^ "Biography of Jenny Mollen". AllAmericanSpeakers.com. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  12. ^ Mollen, Jenny. "What She Said". The Smoking Jacket. Playboy. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  13. ^ Denninger, Lindsay (3 August 2015). "Who Is Jenny Mollen? This 'Bachelor In Paradise' After Show Host Is A Super Fan (And A 'New York Times' Best Seller)". Bustle.
  14. ^ Fauskee, Katie (14 January 2013). "Comedian Jenny Mollen Signs Deal For Chelsea Handler-Like Book (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ "Best Sellers: Combines Print & E-Book Nonfiction". The New York Times. 6 July 2014.
  16. ^ Mollen, Jenny (2016). Live Fast Die Hot. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-54070-4. OCLC 951807583.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (4 August 2016). "ABCd Orders More 'Forever 31', Acquires Jenny Mollen Project & More – TCA". Deadline Hollywood.
  18. ^ Gifford, Kathie Lee; Kotb, Hoda (27 July 2016). "Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen team up for new comedy 'Amateur Night'". Today Show.
  19. ^ McNary, Dave (30 August 2016). "Anne Hathaway Starring in Adaptation of Jenny Mollen's Novel 'Live Fast Die Hot'". Variety.
  20. ^ Rapkin, Mickey (6 April 2012). "This American Life". ELLE.
  21. ^ Lambert, Suzanne Condie (16 July 2008). "'We Do,' Again". The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on 19 July 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  22. ^ Rothman, Michael (18 July 2013). "Jason Biggs Expecting First Child With Jenny Mollen". ABC News. Archived from the original on 19 July 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  23. ^ Gonzalez, Maricela (18 July 2013). "Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen to be first-time parents". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 19 July 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  24. ^ Brown, Elizabeth Quinn (4 May 2018). "Jason Biggs and Wife Jenny Mollen Are Auctioning Off 400 Items from Inside Their Home". Architectural Digest.

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