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Jennifer stars as herself on the HBO comedy series "Unscripted." As its name implies, UNSCRIPTED features no written lines of dialogue. The cast members improvise their lines in situations based on their own experiences and those of the show's creators. There are no rehearsals, no retakes and no reshoots. The result is a dry-humored insider's look at what it takes to make it big — or at least make a living — in Hollywood. Jennifer's TV credits include "Legally Blonde" "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", "Ally My Children", "Law & Order: SVU","NCIS", "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" and "Yes Dear." Jennifer Hall was born on April 23, 1983. Her height is 5' 4 ¾". She has special skills such as singing, dancing, horseback riding.
She got her education in Musical Theatre at Ithaca College. Jennifer also is a lead singer of JT Leroy's band, THISTLE LLC, where she performs under the name 'Speedie.'
Jennifer Hall: Unscripted
Hopeless auditions. Sleazy agents. Chance meetings with Hollywood heavyweights. It's all part of day-to-day life for the struggling actor in Los Angeles — and the setting for HBO's new series, UNSCRIPTED.
From Steven Soderbergh's and George Clooney's Section Eight production company, UNSCRIPTED is a half-hour comedy series that blends improvisation and real incidents to chronicle the lives of three promising young actors as they navigate the rough waters of show business. "The truth of the matter is less than five percent of our union makes all the money," Clooney says. "And that's just the people in the union. There are so many actors that get up every morning and — forget getting a job — they try to get an agent. Or an audition. We're trying to show what it is that we do. It's completely unlike the way it's usually portrayed."
As its name implies, UNSCRIPTED features no written lines of dialogue. The cast members improvise their lines in situations based on their own experiences and those of the show's creators. There are no rehearsals, no retakes and no reshoots. The result is a dry-humored insider's look at what it takes to make it big — or at least make a living — in Hollywood.
UNSCRIPTED stars Krista Allen, Bryan Greenberg and Jennifer Hall, essentially playing themselves as struggling actors. Stage and screen veteran Frank Langella co-stars as Goddard Fulton, a noted actor who leads them in an acting workshop at Los Angeles' fabled Tamarind Theater.
Throughout the ten-episode series, Krista, Bryan and Jennifer appear in real-life situations, including a maze of offices and real film productions, crossing paths with real-life Hollywood stars and directors. From humiliating jobs and padded resumes to professional breakthroughs, UNSCRIPTED offers a revealing look at the sometimes raucous, often disillusioning world of the struggling actor.
UNSCRIPTED is the second HBO project from Section Eight, the production company founded by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney. In 2003, Section Eight produced the political drama "K Street" for HBO. The executive producers of UNSCRIPTED are George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh and Grant Heslov. Matt Adler is co-executive producer. UNSCRIPTED is produced by Michael Hissrich and Joanne Toll. The series is directed by George Clooney and Grant Heslov.
Conversation With The Actors About 'Unscripted'
How do actors cope with being unemployed?
FRANK: The most exciting time can be how you use the time in-between jobs. Because if you just use it to sit and stare at the phone, the next time you come back to acting you come back with a little less of your shine.
But if you use your time between jobs to fill your life with complications — with family, with a lover, with animals, with a sport — when you come back to the work, the work is going to be richer because you've led a life. Look, waiting is part of this profession. It's one of the biggest parts of it.
KRISTA: I think perseverance is part of acting; they just go hand in hand. If you want to success, you keep going. You keep running you keep looking and you keep going forward, without getting discouraged. This show is about persevering and not giving up, and going toward your dream. And everybody has a dream, regardless of what it is that they're doing.
BRYAN: I think actors have to psychologically convince themselves "this is what I'm gonna do for the rest of my life," because once you start having a Plan B, then you're going to say, "Well, this is too rough, and I'm gonna go this way." Once you get a little work, it's so great that you just want more. It's like an addiction, you know.
JENNIFER: My quest has just been finding authentic ways of expression, so I've been painting and making jewelry, and all kinds of stuff.
What have you done to make ends meet?
BRYAN: I used to clean toilets. I used to serve food. I did telemarketing.
KRISTA: I did catering.
FRANK: I was a substitute teacher in daycare centers. They call you in the morning at 6:30 or 7 and you go to all these daycare centers around New York and you work with little kids all day long. That was a great way to make ends meet. I never waited a table.
JENNIFER: I never waited tables. I sold Tupperware. I always did weird things. I promoted an Off-Broadway show for Vickie Sue Robinson and I had to wear a rotating disco ball on my head and stand out in public.
Tell us about acting teachers.
JENNIFER: I had a few teachers in college whose job is was to break you down and make you cry. Once, I had just finished doing a scene, and the teacher threw a dime down on the stage and said, "Pick up that dime and go call your mother and tell her you'll never be an actor."
FRANK: I had a teacher who once looked at an actress after she'd finished a long monologue, and she wasn't very good in it. There was this long pause and he looked at her. He said, "Is it that you've secretly chosen another profession while I wasn't looking?"
The smartest thing a teacher ever said to me was "Act in spite of your neurosis, not because of it. Act to overcome the things in yourself that you think are terrible. Don't use them as the reason you're acting."
What was it like shooting UNSCRIPTED?
FRANK: I shouldn't actually say this, but life on the show was unglamorous. We didn't have trailers and all the usual stuff you get. But it was really kind of fun, with everybody piling in the back of a station wagon and going to the next location.
KRISTA: It was all sneaky. Sneak attacks.
BRYAN: Guerilla style.
JENNIFER: In one episode I was dressed up as the Statue of Liberty and Dragon [Erik Weiner] was dressed up as Uncle Sam, and we were protesting outside of Paramount Studios. George and [executive producer] Grant Heslov were across the street hiding behind a bush with cameras. So one of the bigwigs goes into the lot and starts talking to the security guard. The security guard starts walking out towards us, and we ran through traffic across the street, jumped into the van and sped off.
What did you know at the beginning of filming in this experimental style?
KRISTA: "It's like a home movie" — that's what I kept getting. We just knew that we were going to do this thing about actors. That's really all I knew.
JENNIFER: We were calling each other and saying, "What are you going to do? What's this going to be like?" We didn't know. We really didn't understand how the show worked.
BRYAN: I don't think the producers knew how the show worked at that point. Nobody's ever done anything like this before. I mean, it's totally raw and they didn't even know what they were doing at first, so they couldn't really tell us. I mean, they'd just shoot and say "We'll figure it out in editing."