Australian-born actress Jacinda Barrett worked as a model throughout Europe before attending the British-American Drama Academy in Oxford with the aim of pursuing a career in acting. Barrett first became known to audiences as a cast member on The Real World: London before appearing in The Human Stain (2003), Ladder 49 (2004), The Namesake (2006), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), The Last Kiss (2006) and the recent indie hit New York, I Love You (2009).
On her desire to play this character, Jacinda says: “First of all, you don’t see these complex, mature, witty characters enough for women. When you get one it’s immediately enticing. That drew me to her. The circumstances she’s in…it’s absolutely the worst situation she could imagine herself in, yet she manages to deal with it with humour and stay open to life.”