She first came to our awareness as a cast member on MTV’s Real World, and since then, Jacinda Barrett, an Australian-American actress has been on the celebrity avenue as a model. Though she has long quit her modeling career, her dashing looks combined with her elite performances on the screen has always left us in awe of her.
Jacinda Barrett is known for her roles in Ladder 49, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Suits, and Poseidon. She has gone on to have a successful career in acting, and with several filmography/TV credits and cool millions in the bank, she is gradually staking her claim in Hollywood.
Jacinda Barrett’s Bio
Prior to walking the runways and gracing the covers of magazines, Jacinda Barrett was a humble girl born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. She was born on the 2nd day of August 1972, the same year as the Munich Olympic. At her birth, she received a string of beautiful monikers from her parents who were taken in by their bundle of joy. She was named Giacinta Juanita Cordelia Arabella Luciana Rosalina Barrett, all of which gives a nod to her beauty, pleasantness, and grace. People’s Magazines would reiterate her parent’s foresight in 1997 by naming her one of their 50 Most Beautiful People in the World years later.
Barrett later adopted the name Jacinda, a variant of Giacinta as she headed into her professional life. The young girl wasn’t just a sight to behold but also had a good head on her shoulder and a heart full of courage and determination. She attended Kenmore State High School in her hometown of Brisbane before proceeding to San Sisto College.
While in college, she entered for beauty contests, winning the annual Dolly Covergirl contest in Australia in 1988 before she set out to model at the age of 17. Modeling, being the global business it is, often sets the feet of its members on the soils of different parts of the world and the case wasn’t any different for Jacinda Barrett. She left the shores of her country to work and travel throughout Europe before taking to the screen as an actress.
For Barrett, traveling wasn’t just about the fun. Living in different countries and far away from home afforded her the opportunity to learn about other cultures, something she did excellently. She also learned and imbibed various accents which she could easily pull up at whenever occasion demands. Did it pay off in her future pursuits? You can tell better.
Her first screen credit was as a cast member in the fourth season of MTV’s Real World in 1995 which was set in London. Following that, she enrolled at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England and shortly after, debuted in film with Campfire Tales (1997) as Heather Wallace. Then, the stage was set for her elite acting career and there is no stopping for Jacinda Barrett.
In 1998, she had a recurring role in the short-lived NBC primetime soap opera Wind on Water. That same year, she also appeared in films, Immaculate Springs and Art House, as well as guest starred in Night Man, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Guys Like Us. Her subsequent television projects D.C. (2000) and Citizen Baines (2001) were short-lived but she was soon to land a small but pivotal role in The Human Stain in 2003. Her role as Steena Paulsson, a sweet Midwestern student whose boyfriend has a dark secret earned her critical acclamations. The film also starred Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.
Soon after, she starred in the box office hit Ladder 49 (2004) which follows a Baltimore firefighter Jack Morrison played by Joaquin Phoenix over the course of 10 years. John Travolta and Morris Chestnut also starred in the blockbuster. She also appeared in the romantic comedy Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) and the crime thriller Ripley Under Ground in 2005.
2006 marked a breakthrough in Jacinda Barrett’s career as she snagged a trio of plucky Hollywood big-screen roles. In the action flick Poseidon, she played a single mom Maggie James, a nerd, Roger’s dream date, Amanda in School for Scoundrels and her critically praised role as a woman scorned, Jenna, Zach Braff‘s character pregnant girlfriend in The Last Kiss.
Her other film credits include New York, I Love You (2008), Middle Men (2009), had her first Australian film role in Matching Jack (2010), A Proper Send-Off (2011), 2016 indie film So B. It (2016), and Seven in Heaven (2018).
After a long hiatus from the small screen since 2004, she made her comeback with a recurring role on the legal drama TV series Suits from 2012 to 2013 as Zoey Lawford, the love interest of her husband’s character, Harvey Specter. She was then cast in the main role in ABC’s Zero Hour (2013), had a guest role in The Following (2014) and also starred in the Netflix original drama Bloodline (2015-2017).
Parents, Spouse, Children
The actress was born to an airport firefighter, Gerry Barrett and Lyn Barrett. She grew up with her brother, Michael Barrett. Her father’s career as a first responder to the scene of a plane crash inspired her to get a pilot’s license. She also enjoys skydiving. Barrett became a naturalized citizen of the United States on August 28, 2009.
Jacinda met Chris Hardwick while on the MTV series. The duo got engaged but couldn’t take their relationship to the next level as they ended up going their separate ways. She later got married to actor, Gabriel Macht in 2004.
The couple shared the screen in the 2009 film Middle Men as well as in the TV series Suits. They have two children: a daughter, Satine Anais Geraldine Macht born on August 20, 2007, and a son, Luca Macht born on February 26, 2014.
Jacinda Barrett’s Height
Jacinda is not only pleasant to behold but also packed a punch in height. The fact was also acknowledged during her role as Phoenix character’s wife in Ladder 49 where she was made to wear only short ballet slippers so that she won’t tower over him. Phoenix is a one-half inch above 5′ 8″. Jacinda Barrett stands at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.