It wasn’t Christy Beam’s idea to have Jennifer Garner, or any other movie star, portray her.
When approached about a film adaptation of her memoir, Miracles From Heaven — an account of how Beam’s daughter Annabel survived a harrowing accident and surmounted an unrelated, life-threatening medical crisis — Beam, 43, politely refused to offer advice on casting. “I said, ‘I don’t do that for a living,’ ” she says. “But when I found out it was Jennifer, I was so honored and humbled.”
For Garner, also 43, the decision to play Beam in the film (in theaters Wednesday) was a no-brainer. “I stayed up all night reading the script with a knot in my stomach,” the actress says.
At that point, Beam’s book, published last April, wasn’t even out yet. But author and preacher DeVon Franklin had a tip from a friend who knew Beam had a book deal. Franklin loved the concept, as did his fellow producers T.D. Jakes (also a pastor, who shares Beam’s literary agent) and Joe Roth (Jakes’ partner in producing the inspirational 2014 film Heaven Is for Real). “Everyone felt this would be a fantastic follow-up,” says Franklin, and screenwriter Randy Brown was enlisted to adapt Beam’s book.
In the new movie, 12-year-old Kylie Rogers plays Annabel (often called Anna) who suffers from a rare disorder that leaves her unable to digest food. Following a long ordeal that upends the lives of Christy’s husband and their two other daughters, Anna suffers a potentially fatal accident, but emerges relatively unscathed, and seemingly cured.
Faith has long played a role in Garner’s life: She and estranged husband Ben Affleck had their three children baptized at the same United Methodist church she attended while growing up in West Virginia. “My parents and little sister and her family still go there,” Garner says.
But “I think I had become complacent in raising my children, almost as though (I thought) they were going to receive the ground beneath their feet that heaven had given me through osmosis,” she says. Returning home after filming, Garner raised the subject with her kids, “and they said, ‘Well, we want to go to church.’ ”
Garner “was floored, and I immediately looked up the local United Methodist church. We went there next Sunday, and it turned out to be the perfect environment. We’ve gotten so much from it; it’s like a gift Christy gave me.”
She and Beam “talked about everything” during filming, Garner says. “No stone was left unturned, from how she kept her nails while she was in the hospital to what her favorite hymns are from church, so I could make a playlist.”
But in making the film, Garner stresses, “We were careful not to preach. That’s not Christy’s message whatsoever, to tell you what to believe or how to practice. … Even if you drop faith out of the movie, there’s the message of hope, the idea of keeping your head up and knowing you can push through to the other side of a challenge.”
Yesterday, Jennifer was in Boston, Massachusetts for the Miracles From Heaven Boston Children’s Hospital Benefit Screening. I have added some images from the event to the gallery.
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > March 13 | Miracle From Heaven Benefit Screening For The Boston Children’s Hospital
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > March 13 | Miracle From Heaven Benefit Screening For The Boston Children’s Hospital – Presentation
This week Jennifer attended the premiere of her new film Miracles from Heaven. She looked beautiful in a pink and black Oscar De La Renta dress.
People.com shares this adorable quote of Jen talking about Ben at Samuel’s recent birthday party.
Despite their difficult year, Jennifer Garner has no problem giving her ex-husband props for being a great dad.
For their son’s superhero themed birthday party last weekend, Ben Affleck delighted 4-year-old Sam by appearing in costume as Batman from his upcoming film, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
“We all dressed up, I dressed up as a ninja and Ben dressed up as Batman for Sam,” Garner explained while promoting her new film Miracles from Heaven on Extra Friday, adding that it “was the best dad moment in history.”
Asked if her son is excited about his dad playing Batman, Garner gushed, “He kind of is losing it, it’s really sweet.”
Victor Garber spoke with Entertainment Tonight about Jennifer and Ben and the new Vanity Fair article.
Victor Garber is opening up aboutJennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s breakup.
Just two days after Garner’s no-holds-barred interview with Vanity Fair magazine about her relationship with Affleck and his alleged affair with their children’s nanny, Garber revealed to ET that the 43-year-old actress is handling life post-split “really well.”
“She’s dealing with a lot of stress and pain, and dealing with it in, I think, a magnificent way,” Garber, who officiated Garner and Affleck’s 2005 wedding ceremony, told ET on the red carpet for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
“I’ve always found her to be incredibly authentic. It’s part of why people, I think, are drawn to her, because she is real,” he gushed. “She also has a great capacity for love. You know, her children are her passion. And so, all that said, she’s dealing with the situation, I think, miraculously.”
The DC’s Legends of Tomorrow star admitted that although he has only read “snippets” of the Vanity Fair interview, Garner is very pleased with the way the article turned out.
“I talked to her yesterday,” Garber explained. “I saw her yesterday, and she’s so happy about it and, it’s a beautiful, beautiful cover. And I’m just thrilled that they are — that Vanity Fair — is honoring her.”
But here’s the big question: Has Affleck read Garner’s in-depth interview? “I imagine he has,” Garber answered. “I saw him, but I haven’t talked to him about it. So, I hope he’s OK.”
The 66-year-old actor continued, “She’s nothing if not respectful, and also, there’s still a great love between them.”
Vanity Fair shares this clip of Jennifer reading the tale Go the F**k to Sleep written by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortés.
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More images of Jennifer from the Academy Awards this weekend! Thank you to Claudia for sharing some of these pics with us!
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 28 | The Academy Awards
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 28 | The Academy Awards – Audience
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 28 | The Academy Awards – Ceremony
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 28 | The Academy Awards – Bacsktage
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 28 | The Academy Awards – Vanity Fair Party
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 28 | The Academy Awards – Vanity Fair Party – Inside
Tonight Jennifer arrived on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. She looked beautiful in a stunning black gown by Atelier Versace which Jen coordinated with sandals by Rene Caovilla.
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > February 28 | The Academy Awards