Jennifer Garner, who has catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series "Alias" (2001), has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother Pat, a retired English teacher, and her father, Bill, a former chemical engineer, Jennifer was the middle sibling of three girls. She spent nine years of her adolescence studying ballet and describes her years in dance as ones characterized by determination rather than talent, being driven mostly by a love of the stage.
Jennifer took this determination with her when she enrolled at Denison University as a chemistry major, a decision that was later changed to a drama major when she found that her passions for the stage were stronger than her love of science. New York attracted the young actress after college where she worked as a hostess while pursuing a career in film and television. Her most recent move has been to Los Angeles, a decision that led to a role on the television series "Felicity" (1998), where she met her future husband Scott Foley. The couple divorced in 2004.
Jennifer appears on television as Agent Sydney Bristow, who works for the Central Intelligence Agency. For her work, Garner has received four consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She has also received four Golden Globe nominations and won once, as well as received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and won once. She has appeared in numerous other television production as well as such films as Elektra (2005), 13 Going on 30 (2004), Daredevil (2003), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Dude, Where's My Car? (2000). Aside from filming "Alias" (2001), Jennifer enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and inspired by her character on the series, kickboxing.
|Ben Affleck||(29 June 2005 - present) 3 children|
|Scott Foley||(19 October 2000 - 30 March 2004) (divorced)|
Graduated from George Washington High School in Charleston, WV.
Was going to go to Yale to study drama but got an acting job in New York City instead.
Graduated from Denison University, Granville, OH, with a theatre degree in 1994.
Named one of People Magazine's "Breakthrough Stars of 2001".
Used to be a hostess at Isabella's restaurant in New York when she was trying to launch her acting career.
Named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People [People Magazine - May 2002]
Named the #1 sexiest woman of 2001 by MAXIM men's magazine.
Is a trained ballerina who initially left dance for theater acting.
Played saxophone in high school.
Early in the filming of Daredevil (2003), while doing a stunt, she became tangled in the wires that were helping her do a flip and nearly crashed into a wall she was supposed to flip off. Ben Affleck, in his Daredevil costume, rushed up to her, grabbed her and pulled her away from the wall before she hit it. She later commented, "It was like he was Superman.".
Is a member of Pi Beta Phi national sorority.
Following the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11th, 2001, she recorded a promotional video for the Central Intelligence Agency that was available at www.cia.gov/employment.
Has two sisters: Melissa (who has a son, Jack) and Susannah (who has a daughter, Emma).
"Alias" (2001) creator J.J. Abrams gave her a pink bicycle for her birthday. Being the first one on set, she would often greet the show's production crew by ringing the bells on the bike's handlebars.
Father is a chemical engineer, mother is an English teacher.
Ranked #14 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Often confused with actress Amy Jo Johnson. Garner admitted that sometimes she is asked to autograph photos that turn out to be of Johnson and not her.
One of her call signs on "Alias" (2001) is "Mountaineer". She was raised in West Virginia, and the Mountaineer is the mascot of West Virginia University.
While filming a sai/sword fight in Elektra (2005), accidentally got her knuckles sliced by Will Yun Lee. She got her knuckles patched up, and when she and Lee resumed, he subsequently sliced her again in the exact same spot.
Named #2 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Her husband Ben Affleck was her co-star in Daredevil (2003). The two met on the set of the movie Pearl Harbor (2001) but wouldn't become a couple until Affleck's very public relationship with singer/actress Jennifer Lopez ended.
She married Ben Affleck at the exclusive Parrot Cay resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.
9/05: During her appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) she accidentally revealed the sex of her unborn baby.
One of her more unique roles is as the face of recruitment for the CIA, hosting a promotional video aimed at young professionals whom the agency would like to interest in a career.
Named #3 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Was born in Texas, but raised in West Virginia.
Was listed as a potential nominee for Worst Actress on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot, for her performance in Elektra (2005). She wasn't nominated.
Is one of four actresses to play Clara Allen in the "Lonesome Dove" series. The role was first played by Anjelica Huston in "Lonesome Dove" (1989), and then Barbara Hershey in "Return to Lonesome Dove" (1993). Garner plays the younger, unmarried Clara Forsythe in "Dead Man's Walk" (1996). Linda Cardellini takes over the role in "Comanche Moon" (2008). Of the four actresses, she is the only one who, like her character, is from Texas.
2002: Was featured as #1 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement.
Named #12 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Ranked #35 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Appears in The Kingdom (2007) with Chris Cooper and Danny Huston. Huston's sister, Anjelica Huston, appeared with Cooper in "Lonesome Dove" (1989). Garner played the younger version of Huston's character in "Dead Man's Walk" (1996).
Was named the 2007 West Virginian of the year by the Charleston Gazette.
In 2006, she had to have her ears pierced especially to be able to wear the $250,000 diamond chandelier-style earrings she wore to that year's Oscars ceremony, but then let them heal up again after the ceremony.
Ranked #20 on Wizard magazine's Sexiest Women of TV (March 2008) for her role on "Alias" (2001).
Ranked #44 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
For the 2008 Presidential election, Jennifer registered to vote as 'Jennifer Affleck', not as 'Jennifer Garner'.
At the end of January 2009, Jennifer and her older sister, Melissa, both had their ears pierced during a visit to a medical center in Santa Monica, California. Although this was the third time that Jennifer had her ears pierced (she'd let them heal up again both times before, in 1999 and 2006), it was the first time that Melissa had ever had hers pierced.
Was in consideration for the role of Carol Ferris in Green Lantern (2011).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a daughter Violet Anne Affleck on December 1, 2005. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Ben Affleck.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 36, a daughter Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck on January 6, 2009. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Ben Affleck.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 39, a son Samuel Garner Affleck on February 27, 2012. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Ben Affleck.
Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to her daughter Violet in order to begin filming The Kingdom (2007).
Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her daughter Seraphina in order to begin filming Valentine's Day (2010/I).
Was 3 months pregnant with her son Samuel when she completed filming on The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012).
Returned to work 9 months after giving birth to her son Samuel in order to begin filming Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
Had a relationship with Alias co-star Michael Vartan in 2003-2004.
[on being recognized] I never get recognized! I'll be with my husband [actor Scott Foley from "Felicity" (1998)] and people will think I'm his manager, and they'll start giving me their business cards.
[on winning a Golden Globe] My husband was as flabbergasted as I was. I think he almost flew out of his skin, he was so surprised and excited. He is just the most supportive and proud friend. My family is just beyond out-of-control excited.
Two of my mom's most oft-repeated mom-isms are: "Happiness is your own responsibility" and "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning." Both are true.
[quoted in Playboy, 4/02] There's something so interesting about the combination of vulnerability and being completely in control at the same time. Women should run everything - it's about time.
I think that baseball games are like soap operas. If you watch five in a row, you know enough to get hooked.
The rule with marriage is the less you talk about it the better, as far as I can tell.
I have this internal battle between, I need to work, I need to work, I need to work and I need to be home with my kids. And the kids win.
I think he's brilliant at what he does, but why rock the boat? It works between us pretty well the way it is. I don't know if I want to go to work with him. I'd be like, "Okay already, you got the shot. Let's go home!" -- on the prospects of working with husband Ben Affleck again.
[on getting her ears pierced in January 2009] My sister Melissa had been thinking about getting her ears pierced for a while, but was a bit nervous about having them done - She'd never had them done even though she's thirty-nine, and was worried about it hurting. My other sister, Susannah, has had her ears pierced since she was fourteen, and I'd had mine done a couple of times in the past, but let them grow over again both times. We both told her she'd nothing to worry about and it didn't hurt at all, so she said she'd trust us and get them done - but only if I went with her and got mine done too. So she watched me get my ears pierced, and then she finally got hers done too.
You can do a lot with Scotch tape. Almost anything! I love that you can hem a dress, and its an instant remedy in a fashion crises.
I do all my own stunts!
|13 Going on 30 (2004)||$3,000,000|
|"Alias" (2001)||$45,000 US per episode (2001-2002), $ 150,000 US per episode (2003-2005)|
|The Kingdom (2007)||$7,000,000|
|Juno (2007)||Reduced Rate (% backend)|
(March 2005) Wrapping up filming on the final few episodes of the fourth season of "Alias" (2001).
(September 2005) Working on "Alias" (2001) before taking a break for her baby.
(December 2005) Gave birth to daughter Violet and taking a filming hiatus from "Alias" (2001).
(August 2006) Filming in Arizona for The Kingdom (2007).
(November 2007) Is currently starring on the Broadway stage with Kevin Kline in "Cyrano de Bergerac".
(2009) Appeared in Neutrogena commercials.
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