Who is Jennifer Quanz?
Although possibly being known best for having married Wes Bentley of “The Hunger Games” fame, Jennifer Quanz is also a former model and actress in her own right. The stunning brunette was born in the USA but prefers to keep details such as her birthday and city of birth private. Jennifer is 5ft 5in (1.66m) tall and weighs about 120lbs (54kgs), with unknown vital statistics.
Following high school and a possible college degree, Jennifer dabbled in modelling before focusing on what would be a short-lived acting career. Fans first saw the aspiring thespian play Gaby in a pilot episode of “Get Real”, the beloved late ‘90s romcom. The following year, Jennifer interpreted Marci in “21”, an engrossing movie following five friends who reunite for a wild trip to Las Vegas.
In 2001, Jennifer appeared in “Carving Out Our Name”, a documentary directed by Tony Zierra and starring her then-husband Wes Bentley, alongside other industry hopefuls. The documentary, which claimed to be “the only Hollywood success story caught on camera as it really happened”, did moderately well, thanks to the rising popularity of its cast.
Eight years on, Jennifer was also seen in Tony’s follow-up project, “My Big Break”, a documentary following Wes and his original roommates – Chad Lindberg, Brad Rowe and Greg Fawcett – on their new journey as they navigated the tricky world of showbiz. The award-winning documentary, which was also nominated for a Jury Prize at the Raindance Film Festival, was critically acclaimed, as it explored the “unsettling effects of fame” within the roommates.
It’s been speculated, but never confirmed, that Jennifer put her own career on the backburner to help her ex-husband become successful in showbiz, which is possibly why she stopped acting shortly after Wes’s breakthrough role in “American Beauty”. As the former actress is now enjoying life as a private figure, there’s no online information regarding her current job.
Wes and Jennifer met in the late ‘90s, and became husband and wife on 25th September 2001, following a whirlwind courtship. After a three-year separation, their divorce was finalized in 2009, and to this day most of the information regarding their relationship remains a mystery to fans.
The dashing couple were photographed for the first time at the 1999 GQ Men of the Year Awards, which were held in New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Mere months later, they were seen wearing color-coordinated outfits at the BAFTA America Awards in Santa Monica’s famous Loewe hotel. Other A-lister events the ex-lovebirds graced with their presence include an exclusive party at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, and the 2002 Toronto Film Festival’s “The Four Feathers” Gala.
Wes and Jennifer appear to remain on amiable terms despite their divorce, as demonstrated by their joint red-carpet appearance at the premiere of Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games”, which was held on 12th March 2012 in Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre.
Shocking fans and photographers alike with their complicity, the exes made sure to be the talk of the night – Wes’s second wife was noticeably absent.
In a vulnerable 2007 interview with Marie Claire magazine, Wes revealed that there were unpleasant online rumors circulating about Jennifer, and how she was controlling his career and deciding which films he starred in, adding: “I think it’s because I never chose a role that was really a love story, just because one never crossed my path… It just hurt, and I got scared it was going to hurt the people around me”.
Wes Bentley e Jennifer Quanz 🙂 -Hutcher
According to the handsome actor, another problem in their marriage was the lack of respect Jennifer suffered from Wes’s female fans and aspiring love interests, who would go so far as to flirt with him in her presence and “talk about their fantasies”.
However, the real reason behind their split turned out to be Wes’s substance abuse – after their separation in 2006, the actor moved out and began doing drugs full-time, working to pay for his addiction, but ultimately ending up broke and having to enter a 12-step program when his erratic behavior caused too many problems on the set of “Weirdsville”. Thankfully, Wes conquered his heroin addiction, and lived to tell the tale.
Although it’s more than likely that Jennifer has moved on in life and found love again, the former model is deciding to keep her new partner and any possible children out of the limelight.
Wes, who was born on 4th September 1978, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, shot to fame thanks to his role as Ricky Fitts in “American Beauty”, which garnered him a BAFTA nomination in the Supporting Actor category. Other highlights in the actor’s career include his portrayal of Seneca Crane in “The Hunger Games”, and his depiction of Doyle in “Interstellar”.
Successfully rebuilding his career in the early 2010s, after a rough stint with substance abuse, Wes also received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination after starring in the “American Horror Story” anthology series. The American’s latest recurring role, playing Jamie Dutton in Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone”, served to further establish his position as a respected industry heavyweight.
A year after his divorce from Jennifer was finalized, Wes married his longtime girlfriend Jacqui Swedberg, a producer and assistant director, known for her work on the Canadian sitcom “Corner Gas”. In the same year, the couple welcomed their son Charles to the world, who was followed by his younger sister Brooklyn in 2014.
It’s interesting to note that since marrying Wes, Jacqui seems to have stopped working, and dedicates all her time to her relationship and family, as was the case with Jennifer. The beautiful blonde isn’t active on Instagram but can often be seen supporting her husband at red-carpet events. Similarly, Wes has no official social media accounts, although dedicated fan pages post his comings and goings whenever possible.
As Jennifer’s employment history over the past two decades isn’t public knowledge, there’s not much information regarding her exact net worth. However, reliable sources state that the former actress is worth less than $100,000, as of early 2022.