Jennifer Garner: Snapshot

Jennifer Garner
Date of Birth
April 17, 1972
Birth Place
Houston, Texas
With a sweet, all-American face lit up by a megawatt smile and luscious lips, actress Jennifer Garner has catapulted onto Hollywood's A-list despite a comparatively short list of prominent roles.

After a recurring role on the WB's Felicity, Jennifer Garner got her big break as grad student-CIA agent Sidney Bristow on ABC's Alias in 2001. But, after five seasons on the show and a Golden Globe win, Garner took on the big screen: she appeared opposite Ben Affleck in the comic book caper Daredevil; buffed up for the crime fighting spin-off Elektra; and giggled in the romantic comedy 13 Going on 30.

Offscreen, Garner married Affleck in 2005 and made room for three children with her Oscar-winning hubby.

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Jennifer Garner: Five Fun Facts

  1. Jennifer Garner wasn't a fan of baseball before meeting her Boston Red Sox-loving husband Ben Affleck. "The more I watched – 'cause it was on all the time – the more he explained, the more I like it. Now I really like it," she told Allure in 2007.
  2. A saxophone player in high school, Jennifer Garner embraced her inner band geek. "I was proud of it," Garner told PEOPLE. "I picked it up again a couple of years ago, and I sound God-awful now!"
  3. The CIA persuaded Jennifer Garner, who played a CIA spy on Alias, to tape a recruitment video in 2003.
  4. Jennifer Garner almost got arrested the day of her prom. She and a friend were sunbathing topless in a park when police spotted them. "Can you imagine calling your parents [and saying], 'I was laying out naked,'" she told Teen People.
  5. Jennifer Garner's signature full lips earned her a not-so-flattering moniker as a kid. "He called me liver lips!" she said of a boy who dismissed her schoolgirl affections.

Jennifer Garner: Biography


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Bright Lights, Big City

After graduating college with a performance degree, Garner moves to New York City to pursue acting. "I wasn't naturally talented, just really, really driven," she says to PEOPLE. "My parents never said anything except 'Go for it.'"


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On-Set Sparks Fly

Working steadily in TV and film, Garner lands a guest spot on Felicity as Scott Foley's ex-girlfriend Hanna, and an offscreen romance follows. "I was definitely attracted to [Foley] at first sight," said Garner to PEOPLE. "But I didn't realize I was going to marry him until a while in. It grew really gradually and sweetly, and it was a real courtship." They marry on Oct. 19, 2000.


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Role of a Lifetime

Impressed by her acting, Felicity cocreator J.J. Abrams seeks Garner to play the prime role of grad student-turned-CIA agent Sydney Bristow in Alias. "She has this spark," Abrams says to PEOPLE. "It was clear she was the one." PEOPLE critic Terry Kelleher says Garner "has an appeal that transcends implausibility."

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Edited by Julia Wang

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