Jenn’s IMDb has been updated with a new short film called “Tethered to the Moon” wrote and directed by Stephen Lally. It’s described as a coming of age story about a young woman who works in a nursing home. Right now, the script is in the final draft stages, and it looks like Jenn will be playing the lead. Stay tuned for any new updates on this film!
Jenn was recently featured in Constellation Magazine! Read the interview below, or at the source here.
Jaclyn Bethany: Hi, Jenn! Where did you grow up, and where are you currently based?
Jenn Murray: I grew up in Belfast, in Northern Ireland. I went to drama school in Dublin and then I moved to London. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles and I love New York, but I am based in London at the moment.
JB: How did you get into acting? Was performing always a part of your childhood?
JM: I loved to play dress-up as a child in my home. I would do impersonations to make my family laugh. I enjoyed drama in school, but I was quite shy, never putting myself forward for school plays. In school acting seemed to be about the loudest people in the room, which I was not. I knew as a teenager that I would love to be an actor. But that was all it was: a sentence, an idea. However, when I was 18 and filling in my UCAS forms I had to ask myself a serious question: Was I really going to try to be an actor, and if so, how? I deferred a place at university to keep my parents at peace and in my gap year, I auditioned for drama schools. With the offer on the table, it was easier to convince my parents that I was serious about acting.
JB: Who are some performers you admired growing up and why?
JM: Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Holly Hunter, Joe Pesci, Goldie Hawn and Daniel Day Lewis. In my house, we regularly watched Sleepless in Seattle, Moonstruck, The Firm, My Cousin Vinny…. watching films was an event in my house. I remember if I was unwell or upset over something at school, I could watch Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and everything would feel better.
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Jenn attended the 2017 Into Film Awards on March 14, where she presented the award for Best Animation (12 and Under). View photos in our gallery, and watch a couple videos from the event below!
Jenn is the March 2017 cover star of the Irish Tatler, a fashion magazine based in Ireland. See the cover and a few other outtakes from the shoot in our gallery!
Jenn was recently interviewed by The Times; you can sign up for an account for free to read the interview here. The interviewer focuses on money/financial things and asks Jenn if she’s profligate or frugal, and Jenn states she’s more of a minimalist and travels too much to accumulate a lot of things. When asked what her biggest splurge was, she says she bought a vintage chair for £400 (almost $500US) and then had to carry it home. She also admits she got expensive items from a celebrity gifting suite for free (like makeup, perfume, and electronics) and gave it all away to charity.
So sorry guys! I’ve been busy this month and a whole bunch of new things popped up while I wasn’t paying attention. I have three (!!) new interviews to share, all with new pretty pictures too, and pictures from the Fantastic Beasts premiere in Europe!
Fault Magazine – Jenn is featured in Issue 24, a preorder for a physical copy can be found here. The interview focuses mostly on Jenn’s role in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and you can read it online here.
1883 Magazine – Here, Jenn talks more about her career in general, saying she has a small role in a Star Wars film next year!
The Picture Journal – I love this interview! It asks more unusual questions that I’ve not heard before. Read it online here, and watch a little extra video here.
So much excitement around Fantastic Beasts, I can’t wait to see where her career goes next!
Jenn was recently featured on InStyle.co.uk’s #FutureFifteen list; a list of “the movers, shakers and makers of the future. From music to movies and art to apps, these are the hot new names to drop.” View the whole list here, or just see Jenn’s feature below.
‘I went for a really firm one. The man in John Lewis was like, “Are you sure?” And I was like, “Yes, I know what I like.”’ It’s post-InStyle shoot and Jenn Murray is telling me about how she can’t wait to get home to have a nap on her new mattress. After months of filming the upcoming adaptation of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them, Murray has finally found the time to move house. With her porcelain skin and piercing blue eyes, it’s not hard to see why the bewitching 30-year-old was cast in the fantasy drama about a secret community of witches and wizards in New York. Growing up in Northern Ireland, films were always a means of escapism. ‘One time at school I was really unwell and my mum came to take me home. We watched The Money Pit with Tom Hanks and that’s a memory I’ll never forget. It’s like you don’t feel well, but you watch a story and you just feel better.’ Although acting was always the career goal, the path to get there wasn’t exactly clear. ‘I didn’t have anyone around me who represented that world,’ says Murray.
‘My father was a pharmacist, my mum was a teacher. My brother and sister are lawyers. So it was just a quiet dream that I had.’ But after deferring a place at university to try out for drama school, things really took off. Murray’s first big break came when she was cast as the lead in the thriller Dorothy Mills while still studying. ‘It was the hardest job, ironically, because it was the first thing I ever did. Most people start off with a few lines here or there, so there was a lot of pressure on me.’ Her next pinch-me moment came along with a role starring alongside Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn. ‘I’d read the book many times. It’s about grief, love and making choices in your life. It’s relevant to everyone.’ So what did she learn from her Oscar-nominated co-star? ‘Saoirse is really kind and low-key.
The best actors I’ve met have eyes in the back of their heads. I love people like that, who are quite understated but underneath there’s this power, which they’re not showing. That’s why when I was younger and wanted to act, I didn’t tell anyone. The child at school who wants to be an actor is always the loudest person in the room, the one who sings songs. But the best actors I’ve worked with are very shy; the people who observe.’
(Photographer Rodrigo Carmuega, Artist Pablo Thecuadro)
Jenn attended the UK premiere of Love And Friendship on May 24, 2016 in London, England. Photos from the event have been added to our gallery, and below you can watch a short interview about her character in Love And Friendship, and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film.
The trailer for Love & Friendship has been released, and you can spot Jenn a couple times! Check it out below.