The young actress with an adorable and slender face joined CBS's "As The World Turns" in summer of 2003. Jennifer plays "Jennifer Munson", The daughter of Lieutenant Hal Munson and Barbara Ryan, Jennifer returns to Oakdale grieving for her dead brother Paul Ryan, and is stunned when she comes face to face with him. Ferrin, a native of Lawrenceville, GA, joined As the World Turns immediately after graduating with a degree in drama from the North Carolina School of Arts on May 30, 2003. She recently played Esther, the younger Vanessa Redgrave character in The Locket, a Hallmark Hall of Fame film, and guest starred on the 2002 season finale of Dawson’s Creek. Jennifer was born on February 25, 1981, in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She graduated from Brookwood High School in June 1997. In her years at Brookwood she was in many high school plays and musicals including "Tintypes", "Pippin", and "Working" among many others. She's also a talented singer and enjoyed her time in the school choir. She have two brothers, one's older and one's younger. Jennifer Ferrin has been dating boyfriend Quincy for two years.
In her spare time she likes to go for a run, to the movies, hang out with her friends and her brother and go to see live music.
She planned to move to New York after graduation because she thinks it’s more actor-friendly than L.A. She loves living in New York because she is able to walk everywhere and see one of her brothers, who also lives there. Ferrin expected to make no money with her acting degree and planned to temp or teach aerobics or anything to avoid waiting tables.
She considers the dramatic, emotional scenes to be one of her strong points. She watched One Life To Live in college.
Jennifer Ferrin's quotes:
"I am the kind of person who barrels through everything and makes it all work. Then you stop for a second and go, 'Wow. I live in a city by myself. I have a professional job. A lot of the people that are closest to me are far away.'" —SOAP OPERA WEEKLY, 4/20/2004
"It is more fun to come in where there is conflict than to do a happy family with no problems. That's my life — I have a happy family with no problems. I like to play something else." —SOAP OPERA WEEKLY, 4/20/2004
Jennifer Ferrin speaks about her role in ATWT
Daytime newcomer Jennifer Ferrin landed the role of AS THE WORLD TURNS "model" daughter Jennifer Munson just as she was graduating from the North Carolina School of Arts this past spring. SOAP OPERA WEEKLY met up with the Georgia native to get to know her a little better.
WEEKLY: How would you describe Jennifer?
Jennifer Ferrin: She is a strong-minded girl now that she has been in Europe and away from the family for a while. She wants to be more in control of her direction and realizes there are other people that would like to do that for her. She doesn't want to follow the road of her mother. She has got a big heart and a loyalty to the family, but then she's got the Barbara Ryan mind. When she is going after what she wants she doesn't mind manipulating; she doesn't mind stepping on some toes.
WEEKLY: Did you watch Kim Onasch's previous work in the role?
Ferrin: I didn't, no. I made a choice not to look at her work because being new to the soaps, I might get it in my head that I need to copy what she did. But since [the character] had such a long hiatus and went away, I just used that and I said, "Well, she has had to grow up a bit."
WEEKLY: Who would you like to see Jennifer become involved with? We are seeing some flirtation with Dusty.
Ferrin: She has a tendency to be drawn to the wrong kind of guy. I think it is fun for her. She likes a guy that is going to give her a challenge. The thing she likes about Dusty is that he's unavailable but he is honest with her. He doesn't lie to her. He says, "I find you attractive. I like women, but I am with Rose." She likes that. But if Jennifer were to find a true love match on the show they would have to bring somebody in.
WEEKLY: What is it like working with two of daytime's finest actors -- Colleen Zenk Pinter and Roger Howarth (Barbara and Paul)? Was it intimidating when you first came in?
Ferrin: Sure, everything was. Not overwhelmingly intimidating, but it was just a lot to swallow. Colleen has taken me under her wing. She has been my mom from day one. And not [like] Barbara Ryan (laughs). She has been showing me the ropes and answering any question I have. I love her to death.
I had seen a picture of the old Paul (Scott Holroyd) and I didn't know that he had been recast so I had Scott's picture in my mind. I am like: Big brother, I could love him. Then they told me that Roger was coming in. I was like, "He played Todd, oh my gosh!" Because I watched ONE LIFE TO LIVE and he was a scary character. And I was like, "I have to love him?" Then I met him and it was totally OK. He is so cool. He is very interesting, he always keeps you on your toes. He's just really great to work with.
WEEKLY: You mentioned that you were familiar with OLTL. What soaps did you watch?
Ferrin: In high school and college I started watching GENERAL HOSPITAL. Then I watched GUIDING LIGHT and ONE LIFE TO LIVE my first two years of college. Then I transferred schools and went to an acting conservatory and I never watched TV again (laughs). We were in school all day and in rehearsals all night so I didn't get a chance.
WEEKLY: What do you think of New York?
Ferrin: I love it. I have always wanted to go to New York versus Los Angeles because of the energy. It just feeds me. I lived up here for three months a couple of summers ago. I had an internship and that was for me to get used to the city and everything. It is really overpowering sometimes. I am a firm believer in getting out of the city every once in a while.
WEEKLY: Is your family back in Georgia?
Ferrin: Yeah, my parents are and my younger brother goes to school in Georgia. The rest of our extended family is scattered all over the place, but they are still in Georgia. My other brother lives in the East Village [in New York]. He works in building construction, but he is also a good musician. He is very into the arts. We all did theater in high school. But I am the only one crazy enough to pursue it.
WEEKLY: Is it nice to have him here in New York?
Ferrin: Oh, it's great. We have gotten closer as we have gotten older. During the blackout I went to his house because I was down in SoHo taking care of something. I was like, "Oh, I can catch a cab." I couldn't catch a cab. There were no cabs. So I just walked over there and hung out with him.
WEEKLY: What do you like to do in your free time?
Ferrin: I feel like lately I haven't had any free time. I play piano, I sing. I miss having a piano. I had one in college.
WEEKLY: Would you ever sing on the show?
Ferrin: I would love to at some point. I don't know that the writers and producers know that I sing. I'm going to sing at the St. Jude's benefit.
WEEKLY: What role did you play on DAWSON'S CREEK?
Ferrin: I had a small role on the season finale of the season before the last one. It was a short scene I had with James Van Der Beek (Dawson). We were on a plane and I was nervous about flying. It was the end and he was leaving all of his friends. He comforted me and said it's going to be OK.
WEEKLY: How was it working with Van Der Beek?
Ferrin: He was actually really cool. That was my first television gig. It was my first television audition. So that was like a whirlwind. He walked through the makeup trailer and I was like, "Oh, my God -- that is James Van Der Beek!" I watched the show religiously in college. He found out that I had never done anything before but that I was from a theater training conservatory and we talked a lot about that. It was the first time I was on a set with cameras so he explained there were two cameras and one was for the close-up shot and one was for the shoulder shot. It was really cool. Everyone was really nice.
Lucky Jennifer Ferrin
Within a week of graduating from the North Carolina School of Arts, JENNIFER FERRIN landed the plum role of Jennifer Muson on ATWT. CBS.com chatted with the young actress who has brought the character of Jennifer back to Oakdale.
CBS.com: How did you land the role on As the World Turns?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I went in for the role and they had me read for the casting director and [Executive Producer] Chris Goutman. They wanted to fly me back up to screen test because I was going home to graduate. So, they flew me up and I screen-tested with about ten other girls and it was a long day! [Laughs] A couple of days later, I got the call. Actually, Chris had called me to make sure this is something I want to do right out of college because I had barely any experience doing television, and definitely not something long term.
CBS.com: So, within a week, you graduated from college and nabbed this job. Wow! Talk about a life-altering seven days.
JENNIFER FERRIN: Yes, exactly. Graduating from school as an actor, I prepared myself to make no money and my parents were going to help me. I didn’t expect them to, but they offered. I expected to wait tables – well, I was going to try to avoid that. I was going to temp or teach aerobics, I don’t know. This changed everything. I don’t have to depend on my parents, I can afford to live in the most expensive city in the world, and I’m working everyday. Everyday I get to use this craft and it’s pretty amazing.
CBS.com: Where were you planning to live after graduation before getting the role?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Well, I had had a sublet lined up where I am right now on the upper east side [of NYC] and it was pretty reasonable. So, I was going to do that until I could find a place. How I live is important to me, coming home to something. I knew it would be difficult to find a place and I didn’t know if I was going to live with people or by myself.
CBS.com: You planned to come to New York then.
JENNIFER FERRIN: Yes, definitely.
CBS.com: So then this really worked out for you! Were your goals to get into the theater community in New York?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Anything, honestly. Coming from a conservatory, all we do is stage work of course, but the school teaches you to be ready for any medium as far as the acting craft goes. So, I was up for anything – TV, film, voiceovers, commercials, definitely theater.
CBS.com: What made you decide on coming to New York and not L.A.?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I had been out to [L.A.] once just to visit; I have some friends out there. I think New York is more actor-friendly. I think the family of actors is tighter here and it’s more accessible. L.A. is physically spread out and it’s a different kind of energy out there. I hope to eventually go out to L.A. and do some work but I think New York is just more my speed.
CBS.com: Had you visited New York before deciding to move here?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I’d lived here several years ago in the summer. I lived with my brother when he first moved up and I interned at an agency. That was me getting used to New York. That’s the whole reason I did it, because I knew I’d be pretty intimidated by it.
CBS.com: Did you ever watch As the World Turns before?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I definitely had flipped by it. I wasn’t an As the World Turns fan growing up, though.
CBS.com: Did you know anything about the character of Jennifer?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I got to do some research as far as background once I landed the role. Before that I didn’t know anything. They gave me some background. I asked around. [I] asked Colleen [Zenk Pinter, Barbara] and some other people [about] my relationship [with their characters] in the past so I could make choices about it now.
CBS.com: You were thrown into some very emotional material from day one. Was that overwhelming, exciting, or…?
JENNIFER FERRIN: It was a whole bunch of things – definitely exciting. I wanted to, of course, start out doing a good job. As you know, I was new, and people understood, [but] I didn’t want to use that as a crutch. For me, at least, the dramatic aspect, emotional scenes, is one of my strong points - although it is intimidating to go in with that because [it’s] so difficult. But everyone was very supportive. The directors are wonderful.
CBS.com: You’ve had the majority of your scenes thus far with Colleen Zenk Pinter and Roger Howarth [Paul]. How do you like working with them?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Oh, they’re wonderful. Colleen’s been a mother, really, she has. And I love working with Roger; he’s got a really cool energy. It’s a great cast.
CBS.com: Jennifer and Dusty recently shared some steamy scenes. How was it working with Grayson McCouch?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Grayson is wonderful. I think he’s an actor’s dream, in a way. Because he likes to work, he likes to talk about a scene. He doesn’t just stick to what’s on the page and say, let’s just do this. We talk about it. He’s very available for that and that’s great for another actor to deal with.
CBS.com: Do you think Jennifer is going to pursue Dusty?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Oh, yeah! I mean, if you can’t tell! [Laughs]
CBS.com: Do you think she’s drawn to him out of wanting revenge for what he did to Paul or is she truly attracted to him? Or is it a combination?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Well, I think we see right now, she’s definitely wanting to avenge Paul’s pain [over losing Rose to Dusty]. I think that we’ll begin to see within the next couple of days that she’s getting drawn in even more because Dusty is, in a way, her type of personality. He’s also the kind of guy that she gets drawn to, which is good and bad! [Laughs]
CBS.com: Now that Jennifer’s back in Oakdale and her modeling career didn’t work out, what do you think her goals are?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Things are crazy with her family, but I think she wants to get on her own feet and take control of her life. She would like for things to be normal, but I think she’s going to continue to play game if people are going to push her. She wants to live her life, she wants to live it right, especially now that she’s come back from Europe and things kind of failed over there.
CBS.com: You haven’t had many scenes with your onscreen dad Benjamin Hendrickson [Hal]. Do you think we’ll see more of Hal and Jennifer?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I hope so. I really like working with Benjamin. From day one, when we had to have our reunion scene, I mean, it didn’t even take a second for me to feel like he’s my dad. I love his choices as an actor and I feel very comfortable with him as a person. I think we will. I don’t know this, but he’s the chief of police and she tends to get into trouble, so who knows what could happen there? [Laughs]
CBS.com: Is there anyone on the cast that you haven’t worked with at all that you really hope to have scenes with?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I’d love to work with any of them. Marie Masters [Susan] is someone I admire in the cast. I love the character of Susan and she seems like a great lady. I’ve had very, very tiny scenes with Cady McClain [Rosanna], but I would love to have more with her.
CBS.com: Is there anyone else in Oakdale other than Dusty that you can see Jennifer becoming romantically involved with?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Not really, just because right now the storylines aren’t crossing. Those that are would-be prospects either aren’t available or she hasn’t even had much contact with.
CBS.com: How do you like living in New York so far?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Oh, it’s great. I really love being able to walk everywhere. My brother’s here. Yeah, I love it.
CBS.com: Do you come from a big family?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I have two brothers. One’s older, one’s younger. The family’s really close. My parents are coming up [from Georgia] in a couple of weeks to help me move.
CBS.com: Were you working when the big blackout hit the Northeast on August 14?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Actually, I had just left work and I was on the phone with someone in the production office and the phone went out. Our phones have gone out before, and I was like, oh, well. Then all the streetlights were out and I started to get nervous, as I’m sure a lot of people did. I made it to the city. I was actually dropping off my rent check. And I was like, I can catch a cab. There was no catching cabs. So, I hung out with brother in the east village. [Laughs]
CBS.com: Are you dating anyone right now?
JENNIFER FERRIN: I do have a boyfriend.
CBS.com: What do you do when you’re not working?
JENNIFER FERRIN: Right now I’m kind of in transition because I’m subletting and getting ready to move. I like to go for a run. I like to go to movies, hang out with my friends, my brother, go to see live music. I actually do have family in Connecticut so I’ve gone to see them a couple of times.