My first introduction to strawberry-blonde beauty, Jennifer Finnigan, occurred during a period in my life when I still regularly watched soap operas (yes, I’m not ashamed to admit this, though I do blame my mom for the influence). In what was Jennifer’s first major acting role, in 2000 she joined the cast of “The Bold and the Beautiful” (one of the most popular soaps out there, despite only running 30 minutes per episode), as the second actress to portray Bridget Forrester. Agnes Bruckner (who may, one day, be featured on this blog) was the first.
In a common practice for soap operas, Jennifer’s portrayal of Bridget was part of ‘rapid aging syndrome’ where the character was advanced in age to her early 20’s from the pre-teen version portrayed by Bruckner. And, in another common practice for soap operas, her familial relationships kept changing. First, she was Ridge Forrester’s daughter. Then, it was found out that she and Ridge were siblings because Eric Forrester (Ridge’s father) was actually Bridget’s father. Then, it was discovered that Ridge and Bridget weren’t related at all because Ridge’s real father was Massimo Marone. Keep track of all this; there will be a quiz at the end of the post (no, not really).
While “The Bold and the Beautiful” was the show that brought Jennifer to a wider audience, it was by no means her first exposure to acting. The Montreal-born Finnigan actually had one of her earliest roles in three episodes of the Nickelodeon kids series, “The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo”. Around the same time, she exercised her humor muscles in the Canadian comedy “Student Bodies”.
In 2004, she left her role as Bridget Forrester in search of bigger acting opportunities. That same year, she landed a 10-episode guest role on the crime drama “Crossing Jordan”. She portrayed Dr. Devan Maguire, a young pathologist who frequently butted heads with (but always looked up to) lead pathologist, Jordan Cavanaugh (Jill Hennessey). The tragic death of her character in a plane crash brought that role to a close.
Despite her frequent dramatic roles, comedy seems to be in Jennifer’s blood, both professionally and romantically. After years of dating, Finnigan wed comedic actor, Jonathan Silverman in 2007 on the island of Mykonos in Greece. Silverman is known for his roles in films like “Weekend at Bernie’s”, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” as well as a being on the NBC comedy “The Single Guy”.
After “Crossing Jordan”, Jennifer spent two seasons as the lead character in the Jerry Bruckheimer crime drama “Close to Home” (notice a pattern here?) before doing a series of TV movies and guest roles (including an episode of “Psych”). This fall, she returned to the starring ranks in the FX series “Tyrant” where she portrays the American wife of a pediatrician who also happens to be the estranged son of the brutal dictator of a fictional Middle Eastern country. The early reviews have been uneven, but the show has potential and will be interesting to watch it, and Jennifer’s character, develop.
You can catch up with Jennifer on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Jennigan
This beauty can also be found on Instagram: http://instagram.com/jennigan1