Trivia

  • Has a son, Kai Dugan (born 1997), with photographer David Dugan.
  • Cut a single in Japan, which she sang in phonetic Japanese. She says her agent made up the idea that she is semi-fluent in the language.
  • Is fluent in French and Italian.
  • Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
  • The character Veronica in Heathers (1988) was originally written with her in mind, but she turned the role down.
  • Daughter-in-law of actor Thane Bettany and Anne Kettle.
  • First child with husband Paul Bettany, a son named Stellan Bettany, born 5 August, 2003. Stellan’s Godfather is the actor Charlie Condou, Paul’s best friend.
  • Her father was of Irish and Norwegian heritage. Her mother was from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Poland and Russia).
  • Named her son Stellan after Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård.
  • In three of her movies (Dark City (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), and House of Sand and Fog (2003)), she appears standing at the end of a pier in a striking image. All three directors created the shots for different reasons, and they are not an homage or reference to each other, just a coincidence.
  • She was nearly cast as Diane Court in Cameron Crowe‘s Say Anything… (1989). Ione Skye got the part instead.
  • Enrolled at Yale as an English major, then transferred two years later to Stanford.
  • Ranked #14 in Celebrity Sleuth’s “25 Sexiest Women of 1993”.
  • Ranked #53 in Stuff’s “103 Sexiest Women” (2003).
  • Ranked #74 in FHM-USA’s “100 Sexiest Women” (2002).
  • Ranked #85 in Askmen’s “Most Desirable Woman” (2002).
  • Ranked as #88 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005” special supplement. (2005).
  • Is a vegan.
  • Has an interest in mathematics and software.
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#54). [2007].
  • Auditioned for the title role of Firestarter (1984).
  • With A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Reservation Road (2007), has now played the wife of Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, who both appeared in Gladiator  (2000) = Crowe as the hero and Phoenix as the villain.
  • Is an only child.
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still  (2008), in which she starred, opened on her 38th birthday. December 12, 2008.
  • Returned to work 7 months after giving birth to her son Kai in order to begin filming Waking the Dead  (2000).
  • Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her son Stellan in order to begin filming Dark Water (2005).
  • Has twice played a character named “Sarah Williams”. First was in Labyrinth (1986), second was in Waking the Dead  (2000).
  • Expecting her third child [December 14, 2010].
  • Gave birth to her daughter Agnes Lark Bettany, with husband Paul Bettany, at home in New York via scheduled water birth (31 May 2011).
  • Princess Jasmine’s appearance in the Disney animated film Aladdin (1992) was based and influenced on her, as well as the sister of her animator, Mark Henn.
  • When she was 17 she auditioned for the role of Sarah Tobias in The Accused  (1988), but the part went to Jodie Foster.
  • Returned to work 10 months after giving birth to her daughter Agnes to begin filming Stuck In Love (2012).
  • Was the 120th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for A Beautiful Mind (2001) at The 74th Annual Academy Awards(2002) on March 24, 2002.
  • Is one of 13 actresses who won their Best Supporting Actress Oscars in a movie that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for A Beautiful Mind (2001)).
  • Is one of 22 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of New York.
  • She has ADHD, for which she has been medicated ever since she was a kid.
  • Met husband-to-be Paul Bettany on the set of A Beautiful Mind (2001). The couple later married without ever dating in the interim.
  • The Best Supporting Actress Oscar statuette for A Beautiful Mind (2001) was presented to her by Benicio Del Toro (24 March 2002 / Kodak Theatre Los Angeles).
  • Was considered for the role of “Catherine Tramell” in Basic Instinct (1992), which went to Sharon Stone.
  • According to Marvel producer Kevin Feige, the choice to have her voice the A.I. suit in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) was done as a homage to her appearance in John Hughes productions, which the superhero film pays tribute to, and as a meta joke as her husband Paul Bettany voices the A.I. suit of Iron Man within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Born on the same date as Mädchen Amick.
  • Replaced Uma Thurman for the role of Gloria Harper in The Hot Spot (1990).

This page was made with the help of Jennifer’s page on the IMDb.