“It's what I did before I acted," she told PEOPLE Monday at a party to celebrate Mario Batali's new book, Spain … A Culinary Roadtrip, at Bon Appetit's Supper Club and Café. "To be honest I never thought the acting thing would get off the ground."
Hennessy, 39, said she recorded an album, which she describes as "sort of alternative, folk, rock" in Austin with producer Patrick McCarthy, whom she met through Batali.
"I had just started writing songs," Hennessy recalled. "I played guitar at Mario's apartment one day at a brunch and Patrick heard me and somebody mentioned, 'Oh, Patrick's a producer! Maybe you guys should work together!'"
The rest, as they say, is history, and they're now in the process of mastering the album.
Here is also a picture of Jill at the Mario Batali dinner, which was held at the Bon Appetit Supper Club and Café New York, NY United States, on October 22, 2008. (photo from Wireimage)
Jill also made an appearance earlier this year in a promotional video for the Food Bank of New York which also included Mario Batali (see below).
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