From Theatre to Television and Film
Jennifer Garner was born on April 17, 1972 in Houston, Texas, United States to English teacher Patricia Ann and chemical engineer William John Garner. At the age of three, she started taking ballet lessons and continued to dance throughout her youth, although she did not see herself becoming a classical ballerina.
She completed her studies from the George Washington High School in 1990 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama from Denison University. In 1994, she appeared in Georgia Shakespeare Company’s The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The following year, she began pursuing theatre in New York City and was chosen as an understudy for Roundabout Theatre Company’s play A Month in the Country.
In 1995, she made her television debut with the TV film Zoya, based on the Danielle Steel novel. It was followed by her appearances in another TV film called Harvest of Fire and in the miniseries Dead Man’s Walk. She also landed guest spots in such shows as Swift Justice, Law & Order and Spin City.
In 1997, she made her first film appearance in In Harm’s Way, followed by minor roles in such movies as Deconstructing Harry, Washington Square and Mr. Magoo. In 2000, she starred as Wanda, the girlfriend of Ashton Kutcher’s character in the comedy Dude, Where’s My Car?. She also gained a supporting role in the 2001 war drama Pearl Harbor, starring future husband Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.
Also in 2001, she was cast as Sydney Bristow in the spy drama Alias. The role earned her wider recognition and her performance was also praised by critics, earning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. She was also nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Actress from 2002 to 2005. The show ran for five seasons, ending in 2006.
While doing Alias, Garner also acted in some prominent films. In 2003, she played Elektra Natchios, Ben Affleck’s love interest, in the superhero film Daredevil. The following year, she starred opposite Mark Ruffalo in the romantic comedy 13 Going on 30. During this time, she began dating her Daredevil co-star Ben Affleck.
In 2005, she reprised the role of Elektra Natchios in the Daredevil spin-off movie Elektra, which became a box office disaster and was panned by critics. That same year, she married Ben Affleck on June 29 while she was four months pregnant.
From mid to late 2000s, she starred in such feature films as Catch and Release, The Kingdom, the sleeper hit Juno, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Invention of Lying. She also made her Broadway debut playing Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
In 2010, she joined the cast of Garry Marshall’s ensemble romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, which went on to become a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide. The following year, she starred in the remake of the film Arthur. She was then invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Recent Projects and Cosmetic Enhancements
Subsequent films include Butter, where she also served as producer, The Odd Life of Timothy Green and the critically acclaimed movie Dallas Buyers Club. Her upcoming movies are Draft Day, Imagine, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Men, Women & Children.
Garner, who shot to fame for her role in the hit television series Alias, has also faced rumors with regards her appearance. Old photos of her surfaced online making it apparent that Garner, who once had thinner lips, has acquired some collagen injections to make her lips fuller.
The good thing about her transformation is that it appears subtle and natural. Her lips are not so pouty like other actresses, which always attracts attention. She wanted it to be low-key but beautiful. She didn’t want any unwanted attention over her transformation. But still, her fuller lips gave her a much more radiant smile. Something that her fans love about her.