"Quite the contrary. All grownups get scared, just like children."
~ Miss Honey

Miss Jennifer "Jen" Honey is the deuteragonist of Roald Dahl's Matilda. She is Matilda Wormwood's school teacher and later, legal guardian. She is played in the film adaptation by Embeth Davitz, who also played Helen Hirsch from Schindler's List.

Unlike the school principal, Agatha Trunchbull (who is her maternal aunt), she is a selfless, innocent, nice woman. She has a dark secret, but she doesn't intend to let it interfere with her teaching, although she accidentally does in the climax.

Prior to the events of the story, according to a flashback, her mother died when she was 2, and her father, a doctor, died when she was 5.

Since her father's death, Jen was abused by her aunt, and the latter took away what she had and made sure she couldn't even sneak a chocolate. Throughout the movie, Jen may be innocent but she's not afraid to speak her mind, like when she tells off Harry and Zinnia and stands up to Agatha and helps Matilda and her class run her wicked aunt off for good at the end of the film.


  • Jennifer's actions in revealing Trunchbull's fear of supernatural things to Matilda can be considered as Checkov Gun, as by the time Matilda has mastered her psychic powers, the said power turned out come in handy to teach Trunchbull a lesson for her wrongdoings.
  • Her personality is very similar to Pearl from Steven Universe.
  • Mariska Hargitay, Helen Hunt, Tori Amos, Winona Ryder, Rosie O'Donnell, Rene Russo, Meg Ryan, Nicole Kidman and Samantha Mathis were all considered for the role of Jennifer Honey before Embeth Davitz was cast.


Ms. Honey: She take a chocolate, bring her to her lips, and say...

Ms. Trunchbull: Much too good for children.

~ Matilda telling her the Trunchbull ate chocolate
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