Memphis, TN, native Ginnifer Goodwin set her sights on performing from early childhood — when she enrolled in dance classes at age five and appeared in a production of The Little Engine That Could — but first began to aggressively hone her acting chops when she attended Boston University as a drama major, then received classical training as a thespian at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Goodwin’s early film roles predominantly consisted of supporting parts, including that of a Wellesley college student in Mona Lisa Smile (2003), a loyal best friend in Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004), and Vivian Cash, the first wife of country singer Johnny Cash, in the biopic Walk the Line (2005). Goodwin drew a healthy amount of praise as a regular cast member of the HBOcomedy drama Big Love — as Margene, the youngest and most naïve wife of Mormon polygamist Bill Henrickson. The actress then took on supporting roles in the comedy drama features In the Land of Women (2007) and He’s Just Not That Into You (2008).