Jennifer Garner Movies

Nadine Caridi

American actress, Jennifer Garner movies turned her into a highly reputed actress winning her a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award along with 4 Emmy Award nominations.


Born in 1972, Jennifer Garner made her breakthrough with a comedy film Dude, Where’s My Car (2000). Later, she gained prominence through her performance as CIA in ABC spy action thriller, Alias (2001-06)

Some of the notable Jennifer Garner movies are Catch Me If You Can (2002), 13 Going on 30 (2004), Juno (2007), Valentine’s Day (2010) and Miracles from Heaven (2016). The actress earned fame through her activism and advocacy for several campaigns and organizations like Save the Children.

Early Life and Education

Jennifer Anne Garner was born on April 17, 1972 in Houston, Texas. She grew up in Charleston, West Viginia. Garner was born to a chemical engineer father, Willian John, and an English teacher mother, Patricia Ann.

As a child, Garner describes herself as the one who used to differentiate herself from her accomplished elder sister. She went to Vacation Bible School and attended a local United Methodist Church every Sunday.

Garner and her siblings grew up in a conservative environment with restrictions to wear nail paints, makeup pand pierce nose/ears. Later, she enrolled in George Washington High School where she played saxophone and was water girl for the football team.

In addition to extra curricular activities, Garner was good in studies. However, she was interested in performing acts. Therefore, she participated in musicals at local theatre, Charleston Light Opera Guild. There, she took piano, singing and ballet lessons.

In 1990, Garner joined Denison University in Ohio from where she majored in theatre. She was the member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Garner studied at the National Theatre Institute in the fall of 1993. The year later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre performance.

Early Acting Career

As a student, Garner worked at the theatres in Illinois, Michigan and Georgia during early ‘90s. After moving to New York, she garnerd $150 per week for performing in A Month in the Country.

Before Jennifer Garner movies made her a popular actress, she made her first on-screen appearance in Zoya. Similarly, she played a Amish woman in telemovie Dead Man’s Walk in 1996. Her further appearances are vivid in short film In Harm’s Way, drama Swift Justice and Law & Order.

Garner then moved to Los Angeles where she gained her first leading role in telemovie Rose Hill (1997). After that, Jennifer Garner movies appearances started to mushroom first with a feature film Washington Square. She then appeared in Mr. Magoo and Deconstructing Harry by Woody Allen.

She made a significant role in 1998 drama Felicity that led to her getting cast in Time of Your Life. In 2001, Garner earned wide recognition with her role as Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend in comedy, Dude, Where’s My Car? She has appeared in a small role of nurse in war epic Pearl Harbor.

Apart from Jennifer Garner movies, her series Alias (2001-06) also rose her net worth and fame. Playing the role of Sydney Bristow, Garner accumulated positive reviews and acclamations. In addition, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Moreover, she bagged four Emmy Award nominations for Best Actress.

Transition to Film

Jennifer Garner movies career began with Catch Me If You Can in 2002 where she played a high-class call girl. Since she developed the physicality to play the role of Electra through Alias, she got the role in Ben Afflick’s Daredevil (2003). She voiced herself in an episode of The Simpsons the same year.

She received excellent feedback from her role in romantic comedy 13 Going on 30 (2004). Through the character as Electra and her performance in 13 Going on 30, Garner established herself as a strong actress.

Garner took a year long break to conclude Alias and then appeared in a supporting role in Juno (2007). For the role of a woman desperate to adopt a child, Garner gathered wide acclamation. This role became a turning point for her. She endured heatstroke twice while filming the action thriller The Kingdom (2007); however, she continued filming it.

Garner continued proving herself as a talented actress through later movies The Invention of Lying (2009) and Valentine’s Day (2010).

Later Movies and Acting Career

In 2012, Garner got a role of a mother for the very first time in drama The Odd Life of Timothy Green. She then appeared in satirical comedy, Butter. Both of these series gained mixed reviews.

The following year, Garner appeared in box office successful film Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey. For her role in the film, The New York magazine praised her versatility.

In 2014, she starred in sports drama Draft Day with Kevin Costner and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, opposite to Steve Carell.  Similarly, Jennifer Garner movies during mid-2010s are Men, Women and Children, Danny Collins and Miracles from Heaven. Jennifer Garner movies that recently released are Wakefield and The Tribes of Palos Verdes.

Activism and Advocacy

Apart from establishing herself as a remarkable actress, Garner was an artist ambassador for Save the Children for 6 years from 2009. As an ambassador, she promotes national literacy, nutrition and early education efforts.

Similarly, she has been serving on the board of trustees for Save the Children since 2014. She also serves on the board of the US branch of the British children’s charity.

Even today, apart from Jennifer Garner movies appearances, she also makes frequent appearance in community visiting families for success of the organizaion’s Early Steps to School Success program. She even partnered with Frigidaire to improve her work at Save the Children.

Furthermore, she joined the Invest in Us Campaign in 2014 and appeared in a PBS documentary A Path Appears the year later. The documentary is about the rural poverty among children in West Virginia.

Personal Life, Relationships and Family

Jennifer Garner met Scott Foley in the set of Felicity in 1998. Since then, they got into romantic relationship which lasted for 5 years. They married on October 19, 2000 but eventually separated after 3 years of marriage. Garner filed for divorce in 2003 citing irreconcilable differences which approved in 2004.

From 2003, she dated Alias co-star Michael Vartan for a year. Starting from mid-2004, Garner developed a friendship with Ben Affleck after meeting the sets of Pearl Harbor (2001) and Daredevil (2003). They later married on June 29, 3005 in a private ceremony.

Garner and Affleck have three children: Violet Anne, born in December 2005, Seraphina “Sera” Rose Elizabeth, born on January 2009, and a son Samuel Garner, born on June 2015.

Salary and Net Worth

The prominent actress, Jennifer Garner, who has received numerous acclamation for her performances has also earned huge net worth. Through Jennifer Garner movies, she has accumulated the net worth of $60 million as per the recent calculations.

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