People shares the report that JJ Abrams talked with Chris Rock some info on casting Jennifer as the lead in his series Alias.
Jennifer Garner rocketed to stardom in 2001 with her breakthrough performance in the hit spy TV series Alias – a role that instantly earned her legions of fans, a Golden Globe Award and posh entree into Hollywood’s A-list.
But, it appears, not everyone was initially sold on casting her as super spy Sydney Bristow.
Series creator J.J. Abrams revealed that some TV honchos were apprehensive about Garner in the lead role. One exec’s particular concern: Was Garner “hot enough”?
“I wrote Alias thinking about her,” Abrams – who had worked with Garner on his other TV show, Felicity – said Friday during a conversation with Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival in downtown Manhattan, as part of the fest’s ongoing Tribeca Talks series.
“I finished it, she came in, was amazing,” he recalled of Garner’s audition. “And I remember someone at the network was like, ‘I don’t know, is she hot enough?’ ”
Garner went on to snag the role, playing the stealth double agent for five seasons until 2006, a move that helped boost her leap to the big screen.
“They’re always second-guessing, everyone’s always afraid at networks,” Abrams said of the initial hesitation.
Of course – with a rich career filled with diverse projects, including the recently released Miracles from Heaven – Garner, now 43, has since proven those early skeptics wrong. Then again, Abrams never doubted that from the very start, he had the perfect star.
“Jen was so great, and she did everything,” he said. “And it was incredible doing the pilot – I remember watching her kind of find this strength in herself. It was just so cool to see, and she just did a spectacular job.”
Jennifer attended another screening of her film Miracles From Heaven Last night in New York City which was hosted by the MOMS.
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Here are two clips that NBC released from Jennifer’s appearance last night on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!
Last night Jennifer was a guest on the Tonight Show. I have added images to the gallery from the show.
Jennifer made an appearance this morning on the Today show. Here is a clip from the interview.
Jennifer Garner stars in the new movie, “Miracles From Heaven,” based on the 2015 book about the true story of a young girl suffering from a rare, incurable disease. Her mom, played by Garner, searches relentlessly for a solution. Garner joins TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie to talk about the film, how it encouraged her to reengage with her faith and her church, and how she and her husband Ben Affleck are working through their divorce while in the public eye.
Here is a clip from Jen’s appearance yesterday on Despierta America. Most of the clip is in Spanish.
Jennifer did some filming yesterday for the television show Despierta America and I have added images from the set to our gallery.
E!Online shared this cute story about Jennifer ‘crashing’ an Elementary School dance in California during shooting for her new film The Tribes of Palos Verdes.
This mom of three knows a thing or two about school dances.
Jennifer Garner took a break from her hectic acting schedule to surprise a group of schoolgirls at their mother-daughter dance Saturday.
While shooting for her upcoming film The Tribes of Palos Verdes at the Friendly Hills Country Club, the female students of Grazide Elementary School in Hacienda Heights, Calif. were busy boogieing the evening away alongside their moms.
When she could finally steal a moment away from her work, the actress visited the little ladies and thanked them for their good behavior.
“Thank you all for being so patient because I know movies can be a hassle to have shooting around you,” she said in front of the excited group.
It doesn’t seem like any of the girls were too upset about Garner crashing the party. She was met with cheers and applause as she spoke before the crowd.
A source tells E! News, “She [Jennifer] felt bad so she came in and said hello. Everyone was so excited. It was a nice surprise. A memorable night that’s for sure!”
Penelope Han, who attended with her daughter, told us: “We had some problems with the production staff and Jennifer Garner came down to apologize to the girls. She was so sweet. The girls were so excited as soon as they found out she’s from 13 going on 30. And of course the moms were ecstatic!”
Garner is no stranger to interacting with little girls—her daughters Violet and Seraphina are both elementary school age as well. Along with son Samuel, the star is very protective of her trio of kids and is hesitant to expose them to too much of the spotlight.
“They have school tomorrow and they’re doing homework and practicing piano and going to bed,” she told E!’s Marc Malkinat the red carpet premiere of her latest film, Miracles from Heaven.
Despite their June divorce filing, Garner and her former husband of 10 years Ben Affleck remain a unit for the sake of their kin.
“The main thing is these kids—and we’re completely in line with what we hope for them,” she told Vanity Fair. “Sure, I lost the dream of dancing with my husband at my daughter’s wedding. But you should see their faces when he walks through the door. And if you see your kids love someone so purely and wholly, then you’re going to be friends with that person.”