Garner at a press conference for The Invention of Lying at the Toronto International Film Festival.
|Born||Jennifer Anne Garner
April 17, 1972
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Scott Foley (m. 2000–2003)
Ben Affleck (m. 2005–present)
Jennifer Anne Affleck (née Garner; born April 17, 1972), known professionally as Jennifer Garner, is an American actress. Garner gained recognition on television for her performance as CIA agent Sydney Bristow in the thriller drama series Alias, which aired on ABC for five seasons from 2001 to 2006. While working on Alias, she gained minor roles in hit movies such as Catch Me if You Can (2002) and Pearl Harbor (2001). Since then, Garner has appeared in supporting as well as lead roles on the big screen in projects including Daredevil (2003), 13 Going on 30 (2004) and Juno (2007). She is married to actor and director Ben Affleck, with whom she has two daughters.
Garner was the second of three daughters born in a middle class family in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), was an English teacher from Oklahoma, and her father, William John Garner, worked as a chemical engineer at Union Carbide. When she was four years old, her father's job with Union Carbide relocated her family to Princeton, West Virginia, and then later to Charleston, West Virginia, where Garner resided until her college years. She has credited her older sister, Melissa Lynn Garner Wylie, who resides in Boston, Massachusetts, as a source of inspiration to her. Her younger sister is Susannah Kay Garner Carpenter.
Garner's conservative upbringing included going to church every Sunday, not wearing make-up or a bikini, and waiting at least until the age of sixteen to be allowed to get her ears pierced, which, she later joked, made her family "just a step away from being Amish." Garner attended the George Washington High School in Charleston, where she appeared in her first show in the sixth grade. She began taking ballet lessons at the age of three and continued to dance throughout her youth, but she did not envision herself becoming a classical ballerina. In 1990, she enrolled at Ohio's Denison University, where she majored in drama and worked in numerous theatrical productions. She graduated from Denison, where she was initiated into the sorority Pi Beta Phi, in 1994.
In 1995, Garner started pursuing theater in New York City and earned $150 a week as an understudy in the play A Month in the Country for Roundabout Theatre Company. She was then cast in her first television role as part of a made-for-television movie Zoya, based on the Danielle Steel novel. In the late 1990s, she made brief appearances in individual episodes of Spin City and Law & Order while also securing roles in two short-lived television series, Significant Others and Time of Your Life.
Garner made her first big screen appearance of the 21st century in the comedy Dude, Where's My Car?, playing one of Ashton Kutcher's girlfriends. In 2001, she appeared as the supporting character of a nurse in the big-budget epic Pearl Harbor, starring her future husband Ben Affleck.
Later in 2001, J. J. Abrams, the producer of Felicity, in which Garner had played a recurring role since 1998, approached Garner to audition for the role of Sydney Bristow in his new spy drama Alias. Garner, who up until now had mostly played weepy waifs, did not learn that she "might have to throw a punch or kick" until the first few days of audition. Told that she "throws like such a girl" and with no background in martial arts or gymnastics, she enrolled in a month-long, private Taekwondo class to prepare for the audition. Even as Garner was cast after several auditions, the show's creator, J.J. Abrams, revealed that he remained panicked with the thought that she might not be able to pull off the role, especially as, on the first day of shooting, he was told by Garner herself, "I don't think I can do this." Garner later commented, "I was such a girlie-girl then. I didn't even know how to punch." While she performed many of the action sequences during the series herself, the dangerous explosions and complex fights were handled by her stunt double, Shauna Duggins. The first few episodes of season one of Alias, which averaged about 10.2 million weekly viewers, earned Garner the award for "Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama" at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards. Garner's salary for the show began at $40,000 an episode and rose to $150,000 per episode by the series' end. During the show's run, Garner received four consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama well as Emmy nominations for her lead performance. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2005. That same year, during the fourth season, Garner directed the Alias episode, "In Dreams", which aired in May. She received producer credit during the series' final season. The series concluded in May 2006 after a shorter fifth season, which was abbreviated from 22 to 17 episodes due to Garner's pregnancy, which was written into the season's storyline.
After the initial success of Alias, Garner made a big screen cameo in the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me if You Can in 2002. Her breakout film role came when she played Ben Affleck's love interest as Elektra Natchios in the action movie Daredevil (2003), an adaptation of the comic book. Garner stated that her training for Daredevil was more gruesome than her work on Alias, and revealed that as she got hung up on wires several times during fight sequences, Affleck became "in charge of reaching up and saving [her]." She once came close to a possibly chronic accident on the set of Daredevil when, entangled in wires with her arms stuck and unable to move while doing a flip, she came crashing towards a wall "head-first with such velocity, that [she] was about to smash [her] head into the wall". Recalling how she was rescued by Affleck, she said in 2003, "out of nowhere comes this 6ft 4in red devil who just kind of put his arms out and shouts: 'I've got her!' I'm telling you, it was like, 'I've got my own superhero.'" While Daredevil got mixed reviews, it was a box office hit.
Garner gained her first leading role in 13 Going on 30 (2004), which did well commercially and allowed Garner to show her comedic skills. Reviewers praised her performance for being "radiant" and "effervescent without ever being cloying", and the The Christian Science Monitor commented that "while Garner is no Tom Hanks, she's consistently appealing". Her second lead role saw her reprising the character of "Elektra" in the 2005 Daredevil spin-off titled Elektra, a box office disaster that was panned by critics. The Boston Globe stated, "Based on Garner's humorlessness, lack of vocal inflection, and generally bland disposition, "the Way" she has yet to grasp seems to be that of acting," whereas USA Today concluded that "Jennifer Garner ... is far more appealing when she's playing charming and adorable, as she did so winningly in 13 Going on 30.
Garner's next few films, Catch and Release (2007) and The Kingdom alongside Jamie Foxx, Jason Bateman and Ashraf Barhom, were box office as well as critical failures. She then appeared in the Jason Reitman-directed comedy/drama feature Juno, which became a sleeper box office hit. After that film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Entertainment Weekly declared Garner's work the best female supporting performance of the festival, saying, "The star of Alias and The Kingdom does no butt-kicking in this sweet comedy. Instead, as a young wife desperately hoping to adopt, she's funny, a bit tough, and unbelievably touching." Instead of demanding her standard salary for this small independent film, Garner had settled on percentage points based on the film's commercial returns. This gesture of goodwill earned her over $8.5 million when Juno became a runaway success at the box office.
Garner made her Broadway debut on November 1, 2007 by playing Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac alongside Kevin Kline at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. The show was originally set to run until December 23, 2007, but it was extended through January 6, 2008 due to the Broadway stagehand strike in late 2007. Garner featured as part of the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day in 2010.
On October 19, 2000, Garner married actor Scott Foley, whom she had met on the set of Felicity in 1998. After separating from Foley in March 2003, Garner filed for divorce in May 2003, citing irreconcilable differences, and the two were officially divorced on March 30, 2004. Foley and Garner claimed that working in the film industry was what led to the failure of their marriage and, according to Garner, they "really were victims of Hollywood." Following her divorce, Garner briefly dated Alias co-star Michael Vartan from June 2003 to March 2004.
In July 2004, Garner started dating Ben Affleck and the two made their first public appearance as a couple by attending the Boston Red Sox's opening World Series games in August. Since her association with Affleck, first as girlfriend and then as wife, Garner has been a tabloid staple. "Ben taught me that you cannot read that stuff, that it’s poison," she said in 2009. On Garner's 33rd birthday, while she was pregnant with his child, Affleck proposed to her with a 4.5 carats (900 mg) diamond ring from Harry Winston. Affleck married Garner, who was three months pregnant at the time, on June 29, 2005 in a private ceremony, officiated by family friend Victor Garber, at the Parrot Cay resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands. On December 1, 2005, Garner gave birth to their first daughter, Violet Anne Affleck. The couple's second child, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, was born on January 6, 2009.
Garner, often acknowledged as grounded and well-mannered, enjoys cooking and gardening. She has a yellow Labrador Retriever named "Martha Stewart" (after the television personality of the same name), which appeared with her on the television show Martha on January 24, 2007. In December 2007, Garner was named The Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail's 2007 West Virginian of the Year "for her dedication, work ethic and unique role as role model and ambassador for West Virginia."
|1997||In Harm's Way||Kelly|
|Deconstructing Harry||Woman in Elevator|
|Washington Square||Marian Almond|
|Mr. Magoo||Stacey Sampanahodrita|
|1998||1999||Annabell||Alternative title: Girls & Boys|
|2000||Dude, Where's My Car?||Wanda|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Nurse Sandra|
|Rennie's Landing||Kiley Bradshaw||Alternative title: Stealing Time|
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||Cheryl Ann||Cameo Role|
|2003||Daredevil||Elektra Natchios||MTV Movie Awards for Breakthrough Female Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Ben Affleck)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Ben Affleck)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Drama/Action Adventure
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female
|2004||13 Going on 30||Jenna Rink||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance (shared with Mark Ruffalo)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Mark Ruffalo)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Blush
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock
|2005||Elektra||Elektra Natchios||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Natassia Malthe)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure/Thriller
|2006||Catch and Release||Gray|
|2007||The Kingdom||Janet Mayes||Alternative title: Operation: Kingdom|
|Juno||Vanessa Loring||Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2009||Ghosts of Girlfriends Past||Jenny Perotti|
|The Invention of Lying||Anna|
|2010||Valentine's Day||Julia Fitzpatrick|
|1995||Danielle Steel's Zoya||Sasha||Television movie|
|1996||Harvest of Fire||Sarah Troyer||Television movie|
|Dead Man's Walk||Clara Forsythe||Miniseries|
|Swift Justice||Allison||Episode: "No Holds Barred"|
|Law & Order||Jaime||Episode: "Aftershock"|
|Spin City||Becky||Episode: "The Competition"|
|1997||The Player||Celia Levison||Television movie|
|Rose Hill||Mary Rose Clayborne||Television movie|
|1998||Significant Others||Nell||6 episodes|
|1998-2002||Felicity||Hannah Bibb||3 episodes|
|1999||Aftershock: Earthquake in New York||Diane Agostini||Television movie|
|The Pretender||Billie Vaughn||1 episode|
|1999-2001||Time of Your Life||Romy Sullivan||19 episodes|
|2001-2006||Alias||Sydney Bristow||105 episodes
Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Teen Choice Awards for Television - Choice Actress
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (2004, 2005, 2006)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama (2003, 2004, 2005)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2003, 2004, 2005)
Nominated – Television Critics Association for Individual Achievement in Drama
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Television Actress - Drama
Jennifer Garner at the Golden Globe Awards, 2006
Jennifer Anne Garner|
April 17, 1972
Houston, Texas, USA
|Other names||Jen Garner|
(2000 – 2004; divorced)
(2005 – present) 1 child
|Children||Violet Anne Affleck|
Jennifer Anne Garner (born April 17, 1972) is a Golden Globe Award- and SAG Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American movie and television actress, and producer. She first became famous for her role as Sydney Bristow on Alias, a CIA agent. She was also in Juno, Pear Harbour, and Dude, Where's My Car.