BFA in acting, with honors, from Boston University. A fellow student was Emily Deschanel.
Acting Shakespeare Certificate from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, UK.
Also studied with London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon (in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company)
Won the Bette Davis Foundation Excellence in Acting / Professional Promise Award for theatre in 2001 (Boston, Massachusetts).
Long time friend Topher Grace recommended her for the role of Cathy Feely in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004).
Was in a relationship with Chris Klein, her boyfriend of two years. [December 2008]
Was girlfriend of Joey Kern [April 6, 2009].
As a child, she attended the Henry S. Jacobs Camp, a summer camp for Reform Jewish children in Utica, Mississippi.
'Younger sister, Melissa Goodwin Shepherd, is a stop-motion animator.
Was engaged to Joey Kern [December 24, 2010 - May 20, 2011].
Sister-in-law of Nathan Shepherd.
Her dream to be a Walt Disney princess came true with her role in Once Upon a Time (2011).
Is no longer a vegan, after telling in an interview that she had several health issues.
Good friends with Once Upon a Time (2011) costar Jennifer Morrison.
Attended and failed a clown course.
Her father is of English descent. Her mother is Ashkenazi. Ginnifer had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.
(April 12, 2014) Married her boyfriend of 2 years Josh Dallas following a 6-month-long engagement. They share their wedding day with their Once Upon a Time (2011) co-star and friend Jennifer Morrison's birthday. Morrison plays their daughter in the show.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a son named Oliver Finlay Dallas on May 29, 2014. Child's father is her husband, Josh Dallas.
Was 8 months pregnant with her son Oliver when she completed filming the 3rd season of Once Upon a Time (2011).
Returned to work 6 weeks after giving birth to her son Oliver to begin filming the 4th season of Once Upon a Time (2011).
Is just 1 year older than Jennifer Morrison and 22 years older than Jared Gilmore, who play her daughter and grandson on Once Upon a Time (2011).
Once Upon a Time: Snow Falls (2011) is her favorite episode of Once Upon a Time (2011).
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a son named Hugo Wilson Dallas on June 1, 2016. Child's father is her husband, Josh Dallas.
Her father, Tim Goodwin, was the orchestra leader for Roy Orbison.
Was 7 months pregnant with her son Hugo when she completed filming the 5th season of Once Upon a Time (2011).
Returned to work 5 weeks after giving birth to her son Hugo to begin filming the 6th season of Once Upon a Time (2011).
Friends with Bill Paxton.
Is 12th cousins with Princes William and Harry of the British royal family.