Who is Jennifer Stone?
Jennifer Stone is an American actress best known for her role as Harper Finkle in the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place”, in addition to several other notable roles she has had so far in her career.
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Jennifer Stone Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Jennifer Lindsay Stone was born on 12 February 1993 in Tarrant County, Texas, USA. She is the daughter of Christy Stone, while there is no information on her biological father. According to sources, she has an older brother. Jennifer pursued her education in the field of nursing, earning an Associate of Science in Nursing from Glendale Community College and later achieving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University.
Jennifer Stone discovered her passion for theatre at the age of six, and began performing on stage. Her love for the stage grew, leading her to venture into local Texas commercials, TV appearances, and film work. This is how she honed her acting skills and paved the way for her future in the entertainment industry.
In the early 2000s, Jennifer Stone’s career took off with a minor role in “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” (2003), in which she appeared as an extra. Following that, she landed a significant role as Martha in the film “Secondhand Lions” (2003). Jennifer starred alongside main stars Haley Joel Osment and Michael Caine, in this heartwarming family drama. Her portrayal of Martha earned her a prestigious Young Artist Award nomination.
In 2005, Jennifer Stone had a prominent role as Jessica Simms in the medical drama series “House”, with Hugh Laurie in the titular role. Her performance in the episode entitled “Heavy” garnered significant attention, leading to another Young Artist Award nomination for her exceptional acting skills.
Rise to Stardom
In 2007, Jennifer Stone’s early dedication and hard work in the entertainment industry paid off when she was selected for the main role of Harper Finkle in the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place”. The show aired from 2007 to 2012 and featured stars such as Selena Gomez, David Henrie, and Jake T. Austin as the main cast.
The series revolves around the Russo family, in which the three siblings, Alex, Justin, and Max, are wizards in training. They live with their parents, who are also former wizards. The siblings attend a magical competition to determine who will keep their powers, but they face various challenges and adventures throughout the series.
Jennifer Stone portrayed Harper Finkle, the quirky and loyal best friend of the main character, Alex Russo, played by Selena Gomez. Harper is a non-magical person who is often caught up in her friends’ magical escapades.
Additionally, in 2009, Jennifer appeared in the television film “Dadnapped”, in which she played Debbie. The film is a comedy adventure centered around a girl’s attempt to rescue her father, who is a famous author, after he gets kidnapped by fans who want him to write a new story.
In 2009, she reprised her role as Harper Finkle in the television film “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie”, alongside co-stars Selena Gomez and David Henrie.
The following year, Jennifer took on the lead role as Harriet M. Welsch in “Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars”, co-starring with Wesley Morgan and Doug Murray. In 2011, she joined the cast of “Mean Girls 2”, starring as Abby Hanover alongside Meaghan Martin as Jo Mitchell and Maiara Walsh as Mandi Weatherly. From 2013 to 2014, Jennifer played the main role in the series “Deadtime Stories”, alongside co-stars such as Paola Andino, Grace Kaufman, and Creagen Dow.
The same year, she made a guest appearance in “Body of Proof”, working alongside Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan in a gripping episode entitled “Lost Souls”.
Returning to her beloved character, Jennifer portrayed Harper Finkle once again in the television film “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex”, which followed Alex Russo’s struggle with her dark side.
In 2014, she starred in the television film “High School Possession” (also known as “Teen Exorcism”), acting alongside Janel Parrish, Shanley Caswell, and Ione Skye, in a story centered around a high school student named Chloe, who becomes possessed.
In 2021, Jennifer Stone starred as Mads Olsen in the film “The In-Between”. Notably, she is also the screenwriter, while she is now working on the upcoming comedy film “The Perfect Night”, written and directed by Jerome Elston Scott, co-starring Liam Dow.
Aside from her successful acting career, Jennifer Stone has also established herself as a registered nurse. In July 2019, she testified before the Senate on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), drawing from her personal experience with diabetes. Shortly after, in December 2019, amidst the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stone achieved a milestone by completing nursing school.
Undeterred by the challenges posed by the pandemic, she openly expressed her commitment to “join the front lines” in the battle against the disease during interviews. Keeping her followers informed about her journey, Jennifer regularly shared updates about her work in the hospital through her Instagram platform. As of August 2022, she has been fulfilling her nursing duties in the emergency room at a hospital located in Burbank, California.
According to authoritative sources, Jennifer Stone’s net worth is estimated at over $2 million as of mid-2023.
Personal Life, Diabetes Diagnosis and Activism, Dating
Jennifer Stone’s life took a turn when she was diagnosed with latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), also known as Type 1.5 diabetes, at the age of 20. The diagnosis had a profound impact on her, leading her to step away from acting in 2013 to pursue higher education. Initially, she studied psychology at a university but recognizing the importance of gaining a deeper understanding of her disease; she later switched her focus to nursing. This decision allowed her to not only gain valuable knowledge about her condition but also to be of service to others facing similar health challenges.
In January 2018, Jennifer openly shared her experiences with her diagnosis on the Diabetes Connections podcast, shedding light on how it has influenced her life and career choices. Through her candid and informative interview, she became a source of inspiration and support for the diabetes community.
In 2022, Jennifer Stone appeared as a spokesperson for Medtronic’s insulin pen product, further using her platform to advocate for better diabetes management tools and to raise awareness about the condition.
According to sources, she has been in a relationship with her “Wizards of Waverly Place” co-star Dan Benson since 2009,.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Jennifer Stone has red hair and brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 3ins (1.6m), weighs approximately 135lbs (61kgs), with vital statistics of 35-27-36, bra size 40C.