Biography Goodwin was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, Tim Goodwin, formerly owned and operated a recording studio.
Goodwin changed her name from "Jennifer" to "Ginnifer" to distinguish her name, and to assist in pronunciation of her name in her regional dialect. Her younger sister, Melissa Goodwin, is a stop motion animator on shows such as Robot Chicken, on which Ginnifer has also appeared as voice talent.
Her father is Christian with Welsh ancestry, and her mother is Jewish. Goodwin was raised attending synagogue on Saturdays and Unitarian church on Sundays. She was both baptized and had a bat mitzvah service. She went to school at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. While a student at BU, she performed in numerous student short films, as well as several college and local stage productions. Goodwin was given the "Excellence in Acting: Goodwin played a leading role as Margene Heffman, the third wife in a polygamous family, on the HBO original series Big Love, which concluded on March 20, Goodwin has recurring voice roles in the Cartoon Network show Robot Chicken, the animation of which her younger sister Melissa Goodwin is involved.
In , Max Mara honored Goodwin with a "Face of the Future" award, an award recognizing up and coming women in film. She plays both the fairy tale heroine Snow White and her real world counterpart, schoolteacher Mary Margaret Blanchard. Goodwin voiced Judy Hopps, the rabbit police officer and main protagonist, in Walt Disney Animation Studios' comedy film Zootopia. Goodwin dated actor Chris Klein for two years before breaking up in She later started dating actor Joey Kern and they became engaged in December They ended the engagement in May Goodwin and Dallas became engaged in October , and married on April 12, in California.
Together, Goodwin and her husband have two sons, one born in the other born in In , Goodwin stated that after leaving Memphis, she " However, Goodwin revealed that both she and Dallas would return in whatever capacity they could as recurring guest stars.