Ginnifer Goodwin, born Jennifer Goodwin, was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee.
But it’s not something she really discusses in detail. During an interview with fellow Jewish starlet, Kate Hudson, she discussed familial/religious connections between herself and the interviewer. But other than that, Goodwin seems either largely non-religious or just quiet about her faith.
On an interesting side-note, Goodwin did play one of a handful of wives on the show about fringe-Mormon polygamy, Big Love. When asked about her views on polygamy, she said:
I am much more open to plural marriage than I was before, and I now support it in certain situations. I do believe it is right for some people. But our example in America today is gross abuse – I can’t support it in fundamentalist compounds.
Just goes to show you how a little knowledge can change one’s perspective.
Insights into Goodwin’s politics come mostly through her Twitter feed. During the 2012 elections, it’s clear that she was an Obama supporter when she retweeted the recently re-elected president’s message:
This happened because of you. Thank you.
So that makes her an Obama-supporting, pro-gay marriage, pro-gun control liberal Democrat, I would say.
Beyond that, Goodwin has had a lot to say about the female body image. Goodwin admits that she’s always struggled with her weight and has adopted many specialized eating practices to control it. As a result, she has spoken out about the damage American society can have on a girl’s body image.
I’m not sure that’s a partisan view–perhaps you readers can weigh in.