Jennifer Lien

Jennifer Lien

American actress, producer and nutritionist
Date of Birth: 24.08.1974
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Jennifer Lien
  2. In July 2012, Lien was arrested on charges of domestic violence.

Biography of Jennifer Lien

Jennifer Ann Lien, an American actress, producer, and nutritionist, gained her greatest fame for her role as the empath Kes, a member of the Ocampa species, on the television series 'Star Trek: Voyager'. She retired from acting in 2001. During a certain period of her life, Lien encountered serious legal issues.

Jennifer Lien

Jennifer Ann Lien was born on August 24, 1974, in Palos Heights, Illinois. She joined the Illinois Theatre Center at the age of 13. In a 1992 interview, Lien stated, "My childhood was 'wild' because living where I lived (the south side of Chicago) was not for me. Everything was cookie-cutter, and if you didn't fit in, you got kicked in the butt. I was left to my own devices, and I had to toughen up because survival meant that. Many of my friends got addicted to drugs, and I saw many of them die."

Jennifer Lien

In a 1993 interview, the actress said, "When I was little and lived in Chicago, I used to pretend I was somewhere else. I wrote little plays; I was a tomboy; I hung out with the boys. I never really had an interest in hanging out with girls." Jennifer added, "I always wrote plays, watched movies, or read books. In seventh grade, I joined a drama club and found myself at home. I realized I could make the world better, make people happy..."

Jennifer Lien

In eighth grade, she followed her teacher's advice and enrolled in acting classes, then hired an agent. She appeared in industrial films and performed in plays. Casting directors started hiring her, and she was invited to interview with people involved in the television series 'Another World'. They liked her, and she was asked to come to New York, and here she is!"

Jennifer Lien

Jennifer made her first television appearance in a chewing gum commercial, where she played twins. Her first television series with her participation was 'Brewster Place' with Oprah Winfrey; in one of its episodes, Lien played a music academy student. In 1990, Lien participated in the dubbing of the French horror film 'Baby Blood'. The following year, she moved to New York, where she got the role of Hannah Moore in the series 'Another World'. In 1993, the actress played Roanna in the sitcom 'Phenom' with Judith Light. She also participated in recording the comedy album 'All Gonna Laugh At You' by Adam Sandler, performing tracks 'The Buffoon And The Valedictorian' and 'Oh, mom...'. In 1994, Jennifer was cast as Kes in the series 'Star Trek: Voyager'. Her character is a member of the Ocampa race, with a lifespan of only 8-9 years. Kes becomes part of the 'Voyager' starship crew after it lands on a remote territory 75,000 light-years from Earth and undergoes medical training.

Jennifer Lien

In a 1995 interview, Lien spoke about Ethan Phillips, another star of the series 'Star Trek: Voyager', saying, "I am so happy that I got to play with Ethan in many scenes. He is just incredibly talented, genuinely cool, and so funny. For an actress, there is no better option than to play with him." In a 1996 interview, Jennifer also talked about two other participants in the same project. She said, "Recently, I filmed a scene in sickbay with Kate (Mulgrew) and Bob Picardo, and they... they know what they're doing. They are both such wonderful actors. I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm so lucky to be here!' I didn't say anything to them because... I don't know why. Probably, it's one of those things you don't say to people. I saw their talent, experience, and wisdom in action; my eyes witnessed their creativity and inventiveness. I just have a wonderful job."

Richard Lutz wrote, "The medical personnel in 'Star Trek' best embody the human values that have become an integral part of this franchise. Kes stands out in the team, largely thanks to Jennifer Lien. Her wonderful performance breathed life into a beautiful, pure creature (Ocampa) whose short lifespan and humanity remind us that the most important element of dignified living is a love-based connection with human beings, our fellow beings."

The creators of the series 'Star Trek: Voyager' did not renew Jennifer's contract for the third season, instead using the allocated funds for Jeri Ryan, who received the role of 'Seven of Nine', a cybernetically enhanced human who first appeared in the fourth season. In 2000, Lien returned for the sixth season, in the episode 'Fury', for which she also contributed to the script.

In a 2000 interview, Jennifer revealed that she enjoys all genres of music and has been playing the trombone since middle school. She mentioned that she supports charitable foundations, helps people with AIDS, and works for the non-profit organization 'Camp 40', which encourages and promotes educational, sports, social, and patriotic activities among the youth of Wilmington.

Lien is married to screenwriter and film director Phil Hwang. Their child, John Hwang, was born on September 5, 2002. After the birth of her son, Jennifer retired from her acting and voice-over career. However, she is credited as an executive producer of the 2008 comedy film 'Geek Mythology', directed by her husband.

In August 2010, Lien announced that she had completed an educational program and was starting work as a nutritionist.

In July 2012, Lien was arrested on charges of domestic violence.

In April 2015, she resisted arrest during another incident. Jennifer was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for speeding and irresponsibly endangering people's lives.

In September 2015, Lien was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor behavior toward a neighbor.

In February 2016, the former actress fully reimbursed the damages for the patrol car she damaged; the incident occurred in April 2015. However, Lien was allowed to stretch the payments over six months so she could continue treatment for her mental health disorder.

In March 2016, Lien was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.