Jennifer Schwalbach Smith

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith (born April 7, 1971), sometimes credited as Jennifer Schwalbach, is an American actress, podcaster and retired reporter for USA Today.

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith
Schwalbach Smith in 2011
Jennifer Schwalbach

(1971-04-07) April 7, 1971
ResidenceHollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Years active2001–present
Kevin Smith (m. 1999)
ChildrenHarley Quinn Smith


Schwalbach was a USA Today reporter. She met film director Kevin Smith while interviewing him for an assignment. She got a job briefly at MTV but resigned after becoming pregnant with their daughter.[1] She helped Smith deal with the stress he experienced from the drug addiction of his friend Jason Mewes, who was living with them. For several years, she would witness Mewes' repeated sobriety and relapses. At one point, she banned him from their house. Mewes eventually got sober.[1]

According to his commentary for the DVD release of the 2001 film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Smith was looking for someone to play Missy, one of the female diamond robbers. Schwalbach asked to play the role and he decided to give her a chance. Their daughter, Harley, also appeared at the beginning of the film as Silent Bob as a baby.

Schwalbach went on to have supporting roles in other Smith-related productions such as Jersey Girl (in which Harley also appeared), and an episode of the Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation in which Smith appeared in the episode "Goin' Down the Road: Part 1". She also played a prostitute in the 2002 film Now You Know.

In January 2004, Schwalbach Smith appeared nude, with a Superman look-alike, for Playboy Magazine's 50th Anniversary Issue, in a photograph taken by her husband.[2]

Her lone directorial credit is as co-director with Malcolm Ingram for Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party, an extensive 3+ hour documentary on the making of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The film was shown at Vulgarthon 2005 in Los Angeles, a private film festival hosted by Kevin Smith, and was shown again at Vulgarthon 2006 in Red Bank, New Jersey.

In 2006's Clerks II, she played Dante Hicks' fiancée, Emma Bunting; and a minor role of Betsy in Smith's 2008 film Zack and Miri Make A Porno. Schwalbach appeared as Esther Cooper in Kevin Smith's horror film, Red State and voiced Blunt-Girl in Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.

Schwalbach was a co-host for the daily internet radio show called SMod Co SMorning Show on SModcast Internet Radio (S.I.R) hosted on She previously co-hosted a show called Plus One Per Diem which was cancelled in favor of SMod Co SMorning Show.

In 2010, she and her husband began co-hosting a podcast called "Plus One". As of June 2013, there were 37 episodes.[3]

Personal life

Schwalbach was born in Newark, New Jersey. She married Kevin Smith on April 25, 1999. She became involved with Smith after interviewing him for USA Today regarding rumors that he was the true author of Good Will Hunting.[4] Their daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, was born June 26, 1999, and was named after the character from Batman.[5] They live in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles.[6] Schwalbach has been vegetarian for most of her life.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Missy "Miss" McKenzie
2002 Now You Know Bachelor Party Hooker
2004 Jersey Girl Susan
2004 Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party Director, documentary
2005 Degrassi: The Next Generation The Blonde / Camera Assistant Episodes: "Goin' Down the Road", Part 1 and 2
2006 Clerks II Emma
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Betsy
2011 Red State Esther
2013 Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Bluntgirl (voice) Associate producer
2014 Tusk Gimli Slider Waitress Executive producer
2015 The Mission Behind Door #2 Short
2016 Yoga Hosers Missy "Miss" McKenzie Producer
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Post-production


  1. My Boring Ass Life, by Kevin Smith. Me And My Shadow, Parts 1-9
  2. "Filmmaker Kevin Smith gets married - again". Associated Press. August 4, 2004. Smith, a famous comic-book fan, also photographed her for Playboy magazine while she posed nude with a "Superman" look-alike.
  3. Archived 2013-04-07 at the Wayback Machine, Plus One podcast homepage, retrieved 2013
  4. An Evening with Kevin Smith. YouTube.
  5. "View Askew Productions – Harley Quinn Smith". Retrieved March 28, 2007.
  6. Stewart, Sara. "Kevin can wait", The New York Post, March 3, 2011
  7. Harley Quinn and Kevin Smith for Compassionate Meals. YouTube. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
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