Jennifer Gimenez was discovered at age 14 and became a super model and super star in Hollywood. Surrounded by a fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle and unprepared for the trappings of fame, Jenn eventually found herself at the mercy of her own drug and alcohol demons. Embracing her spirituality brought her back to sobriety and brought her to her husband – Tim Ryan. Together they share their stories to help others avoid the pitfalls of addiction.
She has appeared in music videos for Tupac Shakur, Babyface and Mick Jagger, in films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and on TV shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful and Karen Sisco. She ranked 77 on Maxim magazine’s 2001 Hot 100 list.
Perhaps more importantly, Jenn is also a recovering survivor of substance abuse, and has appeared as the sober living House Manager for the VH1 reality television series, Sober House, a spinoff of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, on which she has appeared as a rehab technician at the Pasadena Recovery Center.
Jenn took her first drink at age 12, at 18 she found cocaine after she became a model. She began trying to quit drugs at age 20, but achieved only intermittent success over the course of the next 13 years. She enrolled in acting class, and was soon cast opposite Johnny Depp in the 2001 film Blow. Though she managed to maintain her sobriety throughout her work on the film, she relapsed when it concluded production.
Watch her tell her story here: