Today, we sit down to chat with actress Jennifer Aspen, who appears in the upcoming Supernatural Jensen Ackles-directed episode, “Weekend at Bobby’s” (6.04), about her role as Marcy Ward, her work on Glee, her love of theatre and the show True Blood, and why Stephen King is her favourite author [some spoilage, obviously, ahead]. She’s currently on location filming a Lifetime movie of the week based on Garth Brooks’ song, “Unanswered Prayers”:
IFP: How did you get into acting originally?
JA: I was in detention in high school and they were having tryouts down the hall from where my after-school detention was being held. And they were having tryouts for the spring musical. So, I kept hearing this music, over and over, where they were learning the dance number for the audition. So, I just poked my head out and I was: “What are you doing?” And I had a friend there who said, “You should try out for this. You’d be really good for one of the parts.” And I had never thought about it before and I auditioned and I got one of the leads, in the musical, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. And I totally loved it! It felt like…so different from anything I’d ever done in my life. It felt exciting and it didn’t feel like work or an obligation, or…. It just felt like joy. That sounds so goofy, but that’s what it was like and I’ve been acting ever since.
I mean, when I was a kid, I was definitely making up characters and doing all kinds of stuff. I was a big reader, big Stephen King reader, huge imagination. So, I think that was part of who I was. I just didn’t know it had a name, which was “acting”. And then I didn’t…I had never thought, “Oh, you could do that. And…like, that’s your job and you could do that.” And then I figured that out and I went to college and got a degree at UCLA in theatre and started acting as a job.
IFP: So, are you a horror fan, if you were reading a lot of Stephen King?
JA: Yeah, I was a big horror fan. I mean, I’ve read most of his books, especially – not so much, I’d say, in the last ten years, but I’ve read The Stand and Salem’s Lot and The Talisman, and I’ve read all those books about five times. And so, I am a fan of horror; I am a fan of sci-fi; I’m a fan of all that. But I will say that, when I watch a horror movie, I’m not into gore, which is odd. I like the…I love all of the creatures and I love True Blood. I love True Blood. And I love that whole otherworldly aspect to the genre. But I hate gore! So, I don’t see many movies that are horror movies and even True Blood, I’m like, “Really? Was that necessary?” [laughs] I’m totally fine without that.
But so many of horror films now are just out-gore, who can out-gore the last, a little bit.
IFP: Yeah, like, “Let us show you our special effects budget” kind of thing.
JA: Yeah, so, I don’t enjoy watching that. But I love the otherworldly aspect of it. I just eat it up. I’ve learned since doing Supernatural what a crazy, amazing fanbase it has.
IFP: Ohh, yeah!
JA: It’s incredible! And I understand, because I feel the same way about those kinds of stories.
IFP: It seems to appeal to women, that show specifically, women who like horror.
JA: Well, and women who like very-attractive men.
IFP: That helps, yeah.
JA: That’s right. I’m actually friends with Samantha Ferris. We’ve been friends for many years and she was telling me that she was so glad that her character, you know, was never a love interest of the guys. Because if you’re a love interest of one of the guys, the fans want you dead. Which is really funny, but I love the genre, I really do.
IFP: Is there anything about the scary aspect that you like about it, or is it just the otherworldly, mostly?
JA: It’s the otherwordly aspect of it. I’m fascinated by the possibility of other creatures and mystery and “What do they do? What are they like? Is there Bigfoot?” I’ve always been that way. I get sucked into anything like that. The scary factor of it. I don’t care one way or another for [the gore] and sometimes, it’s kind of annoying because you’re like, “Oh, God. Now they’re gonna do a scary bit. So, I don’t think that’s really it. It’s more of story, story and character, that I really like.
IFP: I like the “unknown” aspect.
JA: Me, too!
IFP: That there are things out there that you are never quite sure about.
JA: I love that. I totally agree with you. I mean, listen, some of the top scientists at this point have said that it’s absolutely, mathematically impossible that there’s not extraterrestrials or other inhabited planets. And I mean, wouldn’t you just love to see it?
IFP: Oh, yeah!
JA: I’d love to see it! And, like I said, honestly, Bigfoot – is it? Is it real, is it not? Is it? That’s really fascinating to me. I love the unknown. I love trying to find out about the unknown.
IFP: Yeah, that’s part of it, trying to find out about it. The journey, I guess, the search.
JA: That’s right!
IFP: Do you have any favourite shows or movies in that – in horror or the unknown/mystery stuff?
JA: Well, True Blood. True Blood is a real favourite of mine. This season is really good. Last season was kinda flat and this season is really good. I really love how they’re always exploring. There’s always a new mystery coming at you, a new creature, new powers…I love that. So, they really do that and then…the blatant sex scenes and gore I could totally do without, but I really like their stories, how they tell stories. I think that’s currently the only one that I’m following. I try to make sure that I watch it every week.
IFP: You’ve done a variety of guest series and independent film roles. Can you tell us which ones you liked doing the most? Or do you like the variety?
JA: I really honestly love it all. I really do. I love…each thing is its own beast. And, you know, an independent film is: you’re staying in scrappy quarters and you’re filming as fast as you can and you’re putting things…you’re helping the crew put it together with spit and Kleenex and it’s great! I love that.
I [also] love being a regular on a television show ’cause you become a family. And you really get to know your character and other people’s characters and how they act.
And then I love going on and being on the show once or several times ’cause you come into someone else’s family. You try something new for a little bit.
And then, big-budget movies are fun, too, ’cause you always get a really nice trailer and great food. But you do have much more ‘downtime’ on that, so you need a book and to navigate your energy really well.
And I love theatre. I love theatre and I’m actually missing theatre at the moment and I’m hoping to do something. If the right thing comes along, I would do it right now.
IFP: Have you done a lot of theatre?
JA: Well, I started out in theatre, you know, so I did musicals and plays, and my first professional gig was at the Pasadena Playhouse doing The Lion in Winter. And I really love it and I miss it and I just haven’t…the right thing just hasn’t come along where…the right venue and the right script and that kind of thing. But there’s nothing like a live audience. That’s why I really do enjoy sitcoms quite a bit because a live audience is fantastic.
IFP: Yeah, ’cause it’s all the energy coming back at you.
JA: Yeah, it’s all the energy. You know if something’s working. You can feel [it], even if it’s not that you’re listening for a laugh, you can feel when people are into the story and it becomes a real exchange between the audience and you. That’s why I’ve really enjoyed Twitter because it’s a direct line to fans. Like you hear from people: “Oh, I really enjoyed that.” And sometimes, you can get fanmail and stuff, but it’s so immediate and you can respond really easy. I think it’s fantastic. I love it.
And you get a sense of…’cause I’m a fan of certain things, too, and [if] Madonna said, “Hey, Jennifer, thanks for the whatever,” I would just melt, right?
IFP: Oh, yeah.
JA: I would! So, I’m a fan of something or somebody, too, and being able to interact is great. And plus, on my end, you see how dedicated people are, to you and to your work. And they make things, sometimes, and show you digital art or whatever, where they say your lines that they love and it’s great! It’s a fantastic thing.
IFP: Yeah, art should be interactive.
JA: Yeah, I agree. I mean, there’s a time when you’re creating something and it’s definitely personal. But when you do put it forward, it’s nice to receive something back, you know? That your communication has gone out and landed somewhere and someone acknowledges that they saw it, liked it, maybe you should try a different hair colour next time, whatever.
IFP: Now, you’ve worked on a couple of series as a regular?
IFP: Five. And how does working for a series differ from working in a one-time role or as a guest star?
JA: Well, the difference is: one is your family house, basically, which is when you’re a regular. That’s your family, your house, you know? And the other is: you’re a guest in someone else’s home. And so, you have to treat it that way. You know, you have to have your manners that way, as a guest. And so, yeah, it’s just a little different. I’m not going to go into a situation where I’m a guest and be like, “We need to move this furniture around!” That’s not gonna happen. So, it’s just different that way.
IFP: You did an episode of Freakylinks ten years ago. And that’s acquired a sort of cult following since its demise due to the whole Internet component, coming on top of Blair Witch Project. What was that like and did doing that show – or an episode of that show – differ a lot for you from a more traditional format that didn’t involve the Internet?
JA: Well, at the time, I didn’t…it was ahead of its time. Because when we were doing it, no one was even talking about the Internet and it was part of the storyline. I feel like if the show had come along just a few years later, when more people were plugged in, it would have probably continued much longer. But it wasn’t really a part – I just went in and filmed my part. There wasn’t, for me…I wasn’t even that into the Internet at the time, so I didn’t really think with it. And what they did with the footage or how they made it seem as though it was connected, I don’t know. I very rarely watch my work. So, I don’t always know what the final product is.
IFP: I’ve heard that a lot, that a lot of people actually don’t watch their own work. There seems to be a variety of reasons for that. Why don’t you watch your own work?
JA: I wouldn’t say 100% of the time I don’t. I would say…maybe…’cause I try to force myself to do it, so I know what [it’s like]. It’s a good thing to do it, I think, but I’d say maybe 50% I have not seen. And I don’t do it because it’s already done, you know? There’s nothing I can do about it. Most of the time I am happy with it when I do make myself watch it. And then I’m like, “Oh! That was good!” And then I’m happy. And then…and a lot of times, it’s a vanity thing. Because I have…I think a lot of people are like this in their regular life, too: in my mind, I’m way more beautiful than I look on film.
IFP: I think that’s true of most people.
JA: Yeah! And so, you get really happy when someone took a great photo of you and you’re like, “I love this photo!” And that’s the photo you show people.
So, I think it’s that same phenomenon. And when I see something and I look good in it, I’m like, “Oh, my God! Everyone should see this!” But there’s a little bit of vanity where sometimes, the light is not great, especially in television, and you’re in a hurry and you’re just like, “Oh, my God. I can’t even look at myself right now!” And you’re seeing something nobody else sees. They’re like, “Oh, you look so cute!” And this and that. But in your mind, you’re like, “Ohhh. My God, I can’t wear my hair like that ever again.”
IFP: I think people forget about that. They think that people in Hollywood, somehow, by virtue of the fact that you act in front of a camera, that you don’t have those fears.
JA: No, no. No, we’re…. Trust me. I’ve worked with so many people and most everyone is thinking about what the angle is on their face, how their makeup is, their hair, men and women. We’re all conscious of it. For sure.
IFP: Let’s talk about your upcoming role in season six of Supernatural for a bit. You’re playing a character named ‘Marcy Ward’?
JA: Yeah. I definitely won’t be saying anything spoilery because I respect what the writers are trying to do too much. So, I wouldn’t do that, anyway. I’ll be ‘annoying vague’. It seems like a pretty standalone episode, but I don’t know. [It’s on] October 15th? October 15th sounds good. Right after my birthday.
IFP: What can you tell us about your character or just filming on the episode?
JA: Well, I can tell you that my character is really sweet. She’s a nice, very nice, endearing sweetheart. And I can tell you that all my scenes are with Jim [Beaver]. And that we like each other. And then I can tell you working on the show was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
And you know Jensen [Ackles] directed that episode. Which is why, I think, we shot…that was one of the first ones they shot even though it’s the fourth one that’s going to air. So, that gave Jensen more [time]. He had more lead-up and he didn’t have to worry about acting in the middle of it. Or directing in the middle of acting, I should say. And he was so marvelous. I never use the word ‘marvelous’. I just used the word ‘marvelous’. Yes, he was! That was his first time directing and he never seemed like it. He was so prepared. And he knew what he wanted and he wasn’t nervous. He really was a Director. And he was great and he took his job very seriously. You know, he wasn’t…this is not like a vanity thing, at all.
And he’s just way too gorgeous! I mean, you don’t understand: my husband is a knockout. I’m not just saying that. Women go nuts over my husband. He’s very handsome. Just as a disclaimer. But I would literally look at Jensen and I’d be like, “My God! I can’t believe they make bodies like this!” Bodies and face and the entire…the face and the head and the body and the whole thing. And then on top of it, he’s a wonderful human being. He’s just great. So, it was so pleasant and the crew is just top-notch. And I love Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler, etc.
IFP: Oh, yeah, Vancouver’s very nice.
JA: Oh, it was just so…I love it. I love it up there. So, it was really an extraordinary filming experience. Plus, I got…something happens and I got to experience some gore as an actor, which I’ve never had before. I’ve never been able to do before.
IFP: So, it was fun to do the gore?
JA: It was fun! [laughs] Thank God it was warm out.
IFP: So, you had a lot of scenes with Jim Beaver?
JA: Yes, everything was with him.
IFP: And what was he like?
IFP: Yeah. He talks a lot about movies. He’s a big fan of John Ford, I noticed.
JA: Yes, he’s a big art and film historian. He really knows everything. And he’s a real gentleman. And he was so sweet when…after I got the job, he actually sent me a message on Facebook to welcome me to the show. And that has never happened before. It was so sweet. I love that. I love gentlemen. I love gentlemen and he was wonderful. Very intelligent and very talented.
IFP: How did Jensen interact with you as a director? Did he just sort of sit back and let you do stuff or did he give you a lot of instructions beforehand? What’s his style?
JA: His style is perfect in that he doesn’t tell you how to do it to the point where you’re like, “Uh, okay. I’ll just do what you say.” But he’s also not completely absent. So, he’s sort of perfectly in the middle and there were certain things that did need to be choreographed precisely and we’d talk about it ahead, like how did we want it to go. But he’s very open to suggestion. He’s totally collaborative. But he absolutely has an idea and a guidance about how he’d like things to go. And on the spot, too. He can get inspired and be like, “I love what you’re doing! Do more of that.” You know? He lets that happen, too. He’s got a lot of great qualities in a director.
Oftentimes, first-time directors are so nervous that they overdirect everything. And he didn’t have any of that, none of it. I’m telling you, I kept forgetting, as we were working: “This is his first time.” I kept forgetting that. So, he’s perfectly in the middle of [where] he knows what he wants to have happen, and he lets you know, but he also allows you to come to the table with something, too.
IFP: He sounds like a really good ‘actor’s director’.
JA: Yeah. Yeah, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time he directs. Because he seems really to enjoy himself. I don’t know what his plans are, but it’s definitely in his future. Should he so choose.
IFP: Yes, I’m sure there will be many fans who would be bummed if he went completely behind the camera.
JA: Yeah, he doesn’t seem like the type that would do that, but it’s a long career, you know? And one day, he will be 80. And…or 70. And grizzled and behind the camera he may prefer. I don’t know. Or he’ll just keep in really good shape and he’ll be the hot man in his 70s.
IFP: Now, you had a recurring role on Glee…
IFP: Which has some overlap in its fandom with Supernatural.
JA: Is that so?
IFP: That is so. On a lot of discussion boards, people will be talking about Supernatural and they will start talking about Glee and “Did you watch Glee last night?” and things like that. So, what was working on Glee like?
JA: Well, I don’t like to talk about it in the past tense because I could work on Glee again.
IFP: That was my next question: will you be back?
JA: I don’t know. I haven’t been told that I’m not, but I haven’t been told that I am. But I do know that the storyline that we were going to shoot that we didn’t, yet…I don’t know. I just don’t know. But I didn’t die and I love Ryan Murphy and he loves me. So, I don’t think it’s out of the question at all. And I would certainly continue with Kendra, no problem. And working on Glee is faaanntastic.
IFP: Is it as fun working on it as it is watching it?
JA: Yep, it is. A lot of very happy people on the set because it’s a great job. It’s a great show. It’s upbeat, you know? And also, I think because…I mean, I didn’t do any singing and dance on it – yet. But, you know the Glee Club? Those guys are working so hard and I think that makes for really good morale on a set because you don’t have people getting bored. Because they’ll rehearse a scene and then normally, you would go sit in your trailer while they set up with lights or whatever. But these guys, instead of sitting around, they go right next door and do a dance rehearsal. So, there’s no boredom. And that keeps things in very good spirits.
IFP: So, they don’t run people into the ground, but at the same time, they keep them occupied?
JA: I dunno. Maybe some people feel run into the ground at some point. It could happen. I mean, it could happen. But I just think when you have, in general, any job where there’s a high level of production that you’re happy about, it makes for a really great set.
IFP: Yeah, a high level of energy.
JA: Yeah, it’s really good energy.
IFP: You mentioned singing and dancing. Do you have other talents, other hobbies or occupations that you do besides acting?
JA: Um…sorry, that pause was because I was in a car accident in November and I haven’t physically been able to do much. But I’m getting better. I’ll be starting my physical therapy soon. So, I would normally be like, “I love to go to dance class!” But I haven’t been in a really long time.
But I’m definitely an outdoors girl. That’s why I love Canada so much, particularly British Columbia. I did everything up there that I could. The weather turned and it was beautiful, so I love adventure. I love the hike. I love being out on the water. I love being in the sun. I love road trips. I really like getting out there. A lot.
IFP: Well, that’s the best time to go, too.
JA: Oh, it was…I drove into Whistler at about four in the afternoon and it was the first hot day, 80-something at four o’clock. And all the…I guess it’s, I don’t know if it’s Cottonwood trees or what it is, they released their seedlings that day and so, you basically had this backlit, fuzzy snow. It was unbelievable! So, that’s really what I like to do. If I had no obligations, nothing that I had to work on at the moment, my happiest thing to do would be: jump in an RV and just go.
IFP: So, you like a lot of outdoor stuff?
JA: I do. I love the outdoors and I love adventure.
IFP: What advice would you give to someone, especially a woman, who wants to get into the business or is just starting out?
JA: Well, the first thing I would say is: you have to love acting. You have to love to act. Because I think people would be amazed at how much work it really does take and perseverance. And if you don’t love it and you’re just sort of getting into it to see or maybe it’s just a hobby or whatever, it’s not going to be very fun. Because there’s a lot of trying to get somewhere. And then you get somewhere and you’re so happy and it’s great. Then you have to let that love of acting carry you through that to get to the pot of gold.
So, I would say that. And I’m a big, big fan of women and I would say, Don’t feel like you have to look any way but the way you want to create. I will say, if you really look at the women, the great women in acting, they don’t have big fake boobs and plastic surgery like crazy. That’s a weird celebrity culture and it’s important to distinguish between those two things. There’s celebrity culture and there’s acting. So, if you’re getting into acting, make sure, in your own mind, you know that you’re straight. It’s because you want to act, not because you want to be a celebrity.
IFP: Yeah, that there’s a difference.
JA: There’s a difference. Don’t you think?
IFP: Oh, I think so, yes.
JA: I mean, you can, obviously, be a celebrity and an actor. But there’s so many people that get into the business because the idea of getting dressed up and going on a red carpet and being photographed is exciting to them. But that’s just being a celebrity. That’s not acting. It’s two different things and a lot of what acting is you never see. The only time you really see people talk about it, what it really is like, is The Actor’s Studio
IFP: That’s a good series.
JA: It’s a really good series. But most of the time, what people see is red carpet events and parties and candid shots of them shopping. Or vacationing. So, it looks like, “Oh, I want that. I’ll get into that ’cause I want to be on red carpets and shop and vacation. And that’s not really, most of the time, what you’re doing. Most of the time, you’re working.
And when you’re doing it for acting, a red carpet event is part of the job. I certainly would not go through the entire process of getting ready for a red carpet for fun. There’s parts of it that are fun, but there’s a whole process involved. It takes up a lot of time for just those few minutes.
IFP: Yeah, I’ve found that there’ve been things where you dream about it and then the opportunity actually comes up and there you are in public, and you have to get ready for it, and all of a sudden, you’re going [small voice], “I don’t wanna do that!”
JA: Yeah, there’s definitely times like that because you’ve got to put on a good face, inside and outside, even if you’re like, “Really, tonight, I just want to be on the couch with my dog.”
IFP: I hear people say things like, “Oh, they just sit in their trailers and then they go on and then they smile for the camera and it’s like, “Yeah, they do that for 17 hours.”
JA: Yeah. There are certain people that just show up and sit in a trailer and then they smile for the camera and leave. But I don’t really think that’s the people that fans really love. I don’t want to name any names, but there’s a lot of reality stars that are famous for doing all the “being famous”. But I will say that Kim Kardashian does work hard. I think she does. But I don’t think she’s confused. She knows she’s selling the product and the product is how beautiful she is [laughs]. And I think she does a great job of doing that.
But I think there’s an awful lot of people that are in a similar category, but they’re…I dunno. They’re not – it’s not really an art form. And I guess the fans I love are fans that really love the art form of it – you know, they love the performance that you gave. The way you delivered a line. They like the story of the show; they like the characters of the show. That’s who I feel that I’m performing for, you know? Someone that’s going to love that and that does take work.
IFP: Yeah, someone who likes the story.
JA: I love that and I love fans that get into that. That’s what I get into.
IFP: Is there any horror monster, any horror stories that you’ve read or horror stories that you’ve watched, any type of monster or specific character, that you would like to be?
JA: Oh, my goodness. I have to think about this for a second, ’cause I have a flash answer, the first thing I thought of, but I just want to make sure I’ve combed through all my monsters. Hold on a second….
Oh, I’m stuck…stuck between two at the moment.
IFP: Well, you can give two.
JA: No, it’s horrible! It’s cheating!
IFP: No, no. It’s not cheating.
JA: Okay, I’m going to give the boring answer, but it’s true: I would want to be a vampire.
IFP: You’d want to be a vampire?
JA: I would. Then, you know, I say that and then I think, “Maybe the not-so-glamorous part of the nights-only in the cold dirt, maybe that’s not fun. But I like when we have vampires with powers. I really do like them. Oh, but then you have to kill people. No. You don’t have to drain them entirely.
I’m going to tell you this: for Halloween, many many times, I’ve dressed up as a cross between a vampire and a fairy. I’ve done that probably four times. So, I make myself pretty, in one way or another, and I have fairy wings. But I also have vampire teeth.
IFP: Why a cross between a vampire and a fairy?
JA: Well, I really like vampires and their abilities. But I also love – it’s literally two opposites, isn’t it? But I love the idea of fairies being light and able to…I guess, grant wishes. I like that about them, that they can do that.
IFP: So, sort of a melding of the opposites?
JA: I would say that that’s true of me in general, so I guess that makes sense.
IFP: Okay, next question: what is your favourite horror story? Or is that True Blood right now?
JA: No, it could be a book, right?
IFP: It can be a book, yes.
JA: I’m going to have to say The Stand. Never has been done well on film, but the book is faaanntastic. I think that’s the book I’ve read the most. Of any book. Ever.
IFP: Do you read the original version or the expanded version that he put out?
JA: Oh, I didn’t know there was an expanded version.
IFP: There’s an expanded version. Yeah.
JA: When was that put out?
IFP: Ohh, it was put out maybe five years later. It’s about…it’s maybe 500 pages more.
JA: I probably read that one. I wasn’t there when it first came out. I mean, I wasn’t reading books like that when it first came out, so it makes sense…it was huge. The book I had, the paperback version, I swear, had to be four or five inches.
IFP: Yeah, I think the expanded version is about 1400 pages.
JA: Yeah, that sounds about right. I really love that book. And then I think my second would be Salem’s Lot, which I think might fall into the category of “horror” a little better. And that book, ’cause when I would read that book, I was so scared. I mean, I was definitely horrified.
IFP: His early stuff is very creepy.
JA: Yeah, it was very, very creepy. Tommyknockers, too.
IFP: Oh, Tommyknockers. The beginning and the ending are really disturbing.
JA: They are really disturbing, which is so…isn’t it amazing how he’s a writer? You can see it?
JA: It’s pretty incredible. But yeah, that’s what I would say is my favourite.
IFP: Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?
JA: I can’t…I can almost talk about my upcoming projects but not yet because it’s a negotiated thing. So, I can’t tell you that. I just know that Supernatural’s coming out. I might do more Glee. Besides that, I can’t tell you anything else. Except the thing that I can’t talk about.
IFP: So, you’ve got some stuff coming up, but you can’t talk about.
JA: Right. I do. It’s not finalized yet. I can’t say what it is and who it’s with. Yet. But it’ll be really exciting when I get to release that.
IFP: What is your dream project?
JA: My dream project would be a movie that’s shot all over Europe, so I got to travel for about six months and see all of Europe. And it would be directed by Chris Nolan. It would be a Christopher Nolan movie, all over Europe, lots of intrigue, mystery. It’s like a fantastic story and…yeah. I think that sounds like a dream. I guess it’s not a dream role. It’s a dream project. Did you say ‘role’ or ‘project’?
IFP: ‘Dream project’.
JA: Yeah, that’s my dream project. As actors in that movie, going all over Europe.
IFP: Any particular countries or…
JA: I haven’t seen any of ’em. Never been to Europe. So, I’d like to go to Italy and I’d like to go to France. And I’d like to go to Ireland. But I’d also like to…it sounds like Eat, Pray, Love, but I’d also like to go to India. I’d like to go to Bulgaria or someplace…I want to go Transylvania.
It’s still an area and it’s not really [like] “Yeah, I read the whole thing. It’s disappointing. Really? I thought it was Dracula’s Castle. Oh, is this the guy who was crazy? Oh.” Yeah. That would be my dream project right now.
And I would have superpowers in the movie. I’d have some kind of ability and I would want it to be some ability that I could do with my mind.
IFP: Everything’s better with superpowers.
JA: Everything’s way better with superpowers. Essentially, like a pumped-up Jedi powers.
Bio: With an engaging personality, comedic wit and unquestionable talent, Jennifer Aspen breathes life and authenticity into every role she undertakes,including ‘Kendra’, a fake-baby scheming sister-in-law on the Golden Globe-winning, International phenomenon Glee. Jennifer has been a series regular on FOX-TV’s Party of Five, opposite Matthew Fox, where she played ‘Daphne Jablonsky’. She was also a series regular on ABC’s Bob Patterson and NBC’s Come to Papa. Recently, Jennifer starred opposite Rodney Carrington in ABC’s family comedy, Rodney, and filmed a role in New Line Cinema’s Mr. Woodcock, opposite Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon and Seann William Scott.
Aspen can credit her career as an actress to an early high-school experience in Santa Cruz, CA during detention. She heard music and followed the sound to discover students who were auditioning for the play How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She auditioned for the classic musical and, to her surprise, nabbed the lead role. Aspen went on to attend UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television, where she received a BA in Theatre.
Jennifer has had numerous guest-star and recurring roles on such shows as Friends, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Legal and The Closer.
She has also appeared in a number of feature films, including Vanilla Sky, See Jane Run, The Others, Changing Habits, A Very Brady Sequel, and Sometimes They Come Back…Again.
For the stage, Aspen made her professional debut in the Pasadena Playhouse production of The Lion in Winter, opposite Broadway star Carol Cook. Additional theatre credits include The Half Lives of Marie Curie, The Love of a Nightingale, Pieta, The Water Engine, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys road trips, dancing and photography. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor David O’Donnell, and their pets. You can find her on Twitter @JenniferCAspen.