Jolene Blalock was born and raised in San Diego, California, with three siblings. She spent her childhood developing surfing and artistic skills. She said of her childhood:
“ I was such an awkward-looking child, I've no idea what happened. I didn't have a good childhood because I never could get along with other kids. I was the child that sat in the corner eating lunch by herself. I worked in the library at lunchtime because I had no real friends. I read a lot and educated myself a different way because me and school didn't get along. Even boys were never interested in me. I remember playing kiss-chase in the first and second grade. I would run but no one would ever chase me.
“ We're really fortunate. More than 100 people are working together on this every day and we haven't had one argument. It's incredible. I've had bad days in my personal life, but it's always a joy to go to work. There's also a sense of immortality that the show gives you, that you're working on something that will never die, that your contribution will last forever. That's a very special feeling.