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NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric’s book tour, which begins in two weeks, will have some well known guests.
Live Nation announced Thursday that Jennifer Garner, “Saturday Night Live” performers Chloe Fineman and Melissa Villaseñor and Brad and Kimberly Paisley will be among those joining Couric for appearances around the country in support of her upcoming memoir “Going There.”
Tan France will be hand for the opening event, Oct. 28, at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre. The Paisleys will be with her in Nashville, Tennessee, Fineman and Villaseñor are scheduled for the Beacon Theatre in New York City and Garner for the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
Other guests are Food Network host and best-selling author Ina Garten at Atlanta Symphony Hall, Chance the Rapper at the Chicago Theatre and a couple of fellow journalists: Savannah Guthrie, co-host of the “Today” show, Couric’s former job, will be with her at the Met Philadelphia; and, at the Anthem in Washington, D.C., Couric will be joined by Kara Swisher, an opinion writer for The New York Times and longtime technology reporter.
#MeToo activist Tarana Burke and singer Allison Russell also are expected to make appearances during the tour, which runs from Oct. 28-Nov. 15 and is in partnership with Live Nation and P&G.
If you ask Jennifer Garner about her success, she’ll give you a simple answer: “It’s baffling to me, honestly.”
The actress is most known for her long list of TV and movie credits, including “Alias,” “13 Going on 30″ and “DareDevil.” But in 2018, Garner took an entrepreneurial turn, becoming the co-founder and chief brand officer of organic, cold-pressed food company Once Upon a Farm, which sells fruit and veggie blends in more than 10,000 stores nationwide.
The 50-employee company brings in an estimated $10 million in annual revenue, according to research firm Owler. (Once Upon a Farm declined to comment on its financials.)
The career shift — Garner hasn’t stopped acting, but she’s scaled back a little on her on-screen efforts — may seem surprising. Yet, she says, this isn’t the first time that a dream has, against the odds, pushed her in a new direction.
And every time it happens, she says, she falls back on a relentless work ethic she learned growing up in Charleston, West Virginia.
“I don’t know that I have such a drive and ambition,” Garner tells CNBC Make It. “But I am a worker bee.”
That trait comes in handy when you’re a brand-new entrepreneur, especially now for Garner at age 49. Start-up life is challenging, she says, adding that being a “total beginner” can be ultimately rewarding because it allows you to learn at a rapid pace.
Garner is also a longtime ambassador for Save the Children, a London-based humanitarian nonprofit. Last month, Once Upon a Farm partnered with Save the Children to provide one million meals to children in need by 2024.
Here, Garner talks about how she launched her acting career, transitioning to entrepreneurial life, handling bad days and being a working, single mom to her three kids.
On launching her career: Being a Hollywood actress was never ‘my dream’
Somebody said once, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” That’s how I was born feeling.
I was put into one ballet class [as a kid], and I didn’t look up until after college. I was put into one swim team rehearsal, and I didn’t stop until somebody said, “You know, you can stop.”
I don’t question these things. I just do them.
[Being a Hollywood actress] wouldn’t have been my dream. As a little kid, I wanted to be a school librarian — I loved my school librarian, and I still do. I just texted her yesterday.
I was lucky to have parents who didn’t impose their ideas on me. When I went to college [at Denison University] as a chemistry major, my mom said to me, “Why aren’t you switching your major? Just study what you love. You can always go back and become a doctor or a lawyer.”
I came out with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts). I remember thinking how forward-thinking my parents were to give me that freedom.
After I finished college, I worked at all these different summer stocks [seasonal theaters]. I worked at a theater in a strip mall in Florida. I drove to New York to audition for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and ended up getting a job at the Roundabout [Theatre Company] understudying. All of a sudden, I was like, “OK, I live in New York now.”
So I’m very open to a dream being like, “Alright, sure. Let’s try this.”
On waiting until her 40s to become an entrepreneur: ‘I’m the most ignorant person in the room’
I had been looking at brands to join [as a co-founder] for a while. I’ve actually had several false starts, because I was pretty picky: The more I tried to find one, the more I realized how much [time] I would need to invest.
Once Upon a Farm, which was teeny tiny when I came around, was a no-brainer. It solved a problem that I had as a mom, and that I didn’t see anyone else solving — using technology called high-pressure pasteurization, or high-pressure processing, to make kid products [that retain their nutrients and taste while still killing harmful bacteria].
Being an entrepreneur is totally challenging. Are you kidding? [Right now] we have all this packaging sitting off the port of Los Angeles. It’s just waiting to get in the dock, and we need it in Milwaukee. It’s totally challenging.
What’s rewarding is being 49 and a total beginner all the time. No matter what room I go into, or what meeting we kick off with, I’m the most ignorant person in the room. I always want to be in more meetings and [learn] more. The biggest things I’ve learned are the nitty-gritty, like what a gap net revenue is.
I’ve gotten much better at having hard conversations, if I need to. But [start-ups are] the same as a movie set. It’s the same as any community of people working toward a common goal. That’s what I love.
I jokingly say that I’m the chief cheerleader of the company, but I’m not: Everyone is a cheerleader at this company. Everyone also has equity. It’s a pretty uplifting place to work.
On handling bad days: ‘Sometimes, you just have to force joy’
Sometimes, you just have a bad day. I find that I have a very low tolerance for my own unhappiness, so I like to have a plan.
I work out for that reason. I have to start my day with that jolt of adrenaline and endorphins. Everyone who works at my house, we all work out together every morning. That has gotten us through [Covid so far].
I rely heavily on girlfriends, or a quick call with a therapist. I journal. And sometimes, you just have to force joy and say, “OK, kids, we’re gonna have a restaurant at home tonight!”
I meditate, but I have a horrible relationship with meditation. I have this ongoing meditation with [Peloton yoga teacher] Chelsey Jackson Roberts. When I meditate with her, and there’s a community of people meditating together, it’s always really meaningful. For a couple of weeks, I’ll be really into it.
But man, if I miss once, it really just knocks me off, and then I’m starting from square one. Even if it’s three days later, it’s like, “Ahhh.” I feel like there shouldn’t be as much strife to get yourself to do it, but I persevere because I believe in it.
On being a working, single mom: ‘Let your kids see you do your job with your whole heart’
Wherever I am, I try to be there 100%.
If I’m at work, then I’m really at work. It doesn’t mean that I’m not getting called if a kid needs to go home from school, or if [my kids] are calling me after school to say, “What time will you be home?”
I don’t think feeling guilty benefits my kids. I don’t think they feel better if I’m feeling guilty, either.
I’ve watched talent shows over FaceTime, and it’s gnarly. It’s totally gnarly. But it’s going to be gnarly, so you might as well just go after it.
Let go of how obscene it is. Let your kids see you do your job with your whole heart.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Jennifer shares with Romper.com on being a mother and how he feels about her success.
And Why she’d never call her kids her best friends.
If ever you need proof — and these days, who doesn’t? — that all those gag reflex-inducing, life-affirming aphorisms might have a grain of truth to them, just follow Jennifer Garner’s Instagram. She doesn’t pretend to be perfect. Or all-knowing. But amidst the chaos and fear, the toxic politics surrounding masking and vaccines, she unabashedly strives to put a little joy out into the world, and we’re here for it.
Recent posts include a bird on a skateboard, a slideshow of animals in wigs, an ode to one of her favorite subjects (dance), a coffee meme, and a “Pretend Cooking Show” video that features both of Garner’s parents. All of them tiny joybombs. And nestled among them is one earnest post about her children’s return to school — 2 out of 3 vaccinated and all of them masked, she says, as she thanks teachers, science, school staff, and fellow Moms. In a word, relatable.
By any measure, Garner — who also just inked a production deal with Netflix — is a force of nature. Only don’t tell her that. “I laugh, really. You’re going to call this a brand? It’s a struggle bus. I do not view myself as a brand. I don’t feel like a powerhouse,” says Garner, 49.
Despite her success, Garner is clearly trying to communicate that not even glossy celebrities are perfect. It’s a lesson she’s striving to teach her kids, Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9, from her marriage to Ben Affleck.
“They see me working my tail off,” she tells me during a recent zoom conversation. “What matters to me is that they see me as a beginner. I’m a neophyte in every way and just struggling with my own ego, with how ignorant I am and how willing I am to say, ‘I don’t know. Can you teach me?’ And that I just keep showing up no matter what, even if I get frustrated with myself for not remembering every single thing that I’ve heard before or how it all fits together. That’s what matters to me, for my kids to see. And I think they are taking that in.”
She’s doing this afternoon Zoom interview while intermittently hiding her face. Don’t worry — it’s for a normal- (not Hollywood-) person reason: “I’m just back from the dentist and my mouth is numb. I don’t have a cavity. I just want you to know there’s no cavity. I just had a thing on this side he wanted to fix,” she says.
Garner has grabbed her fame with both hands and wrestled it into a force for good. There’s her work with Save the Children, which has her advocating for some of the most vulnerable kids in America. And there’s the company she co-founded, Once Upon a Farm, which has just launched its Million Meals initiative to benefit Save The Children, promising to provide one million meals to kids in need in America by 2024. It kicked off with her limited-edition Farmer Jen’s Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie flavor pouch, a blend of organic pumpkin, banana, oats and coconut milk.
“Very early on, I knew that part of my reason for wanting to be a co-founder of a business was to be part of something that, should it actually work, could be meaningful to Save the Children’s work. But man, little did I know that this was going to be a whole team of people totally driven by their hearts, totally driven by mission and purpose. It’s just been the coolest thing ever,” she says.
Initially, she was leery of even promoting her charity work because of the inherent ickiness factor of basking in her own self-created glory.
“I was really reticent to talk about it publicly because then it feels like it becomes self-serving. But Mark Shriver, who’s been my mentor at Save forever, said that part of the reason that you exist is so that you can tell the stories and if you’re not using every platform you can to tell a story, then you’re not really doing your job. So I thought I’d better get comfortable with it,” she says.
Unlike other quote-unquote celebrity moms, Garner — thankfully — never calls her kids her best friends. To her, there’s a big differentiator between watching The Office with her children or having them taste-test her new Once Upon a Farm pouches, and viewing them as her peers.
“I have a lot of friends. I don’t need my kids to try to be my friends. They need to focus on themselves,” she says. “My kids are totally my buddies and I love a date with just one of them more than just about anything. I raised my own travel buddies who like to go look into old churches and like to find the bookstore and like to just get lost in having to adventure and eat. I just enjoy them so, so much, but I don’t want them to have the burden of having to be my best friend.”
Her life is plenty full enough already, thank you very much.
“I’ve got three kids in three schools and it is just a shit show. It’s all forms, all the time. Just keeping up with emails and COVID this and that. I am not type A, like people think I am. They assume I am, for some reason, because of the characters I’ve played or whatever. I kind of scramble — sometimes I overcompensate because I’m trying so hard to just keep up,” she says.
In 2019, Jennifer was featured on the cover of People’s Most Beautiful Issue. I have come across some beautiful new images from that shoot and have added them to our gallery.
– Jennifer Garner Online > Outtakes > 2019 > 001
Earlier this year Netflix released the film Yes Day where Jennifer starred as Allison Torres. This is a fun film and I definitely recommend watching it! My own children are trying to convince me I should allow them a Yes Day now! I have added images to the gallery from this fun film.
– Jennifer Garner Online > FILMS > 2021 | Yes Day
JJ Abrams confirms that he is working on some new projects with Apple TV+ and one of them includes a new project with Jennifer. There has been brief mentions of this in the past, but excited to hear this limited series is officially coming about.
“I’ve been nothing but happy working with Apple.”
J.J. Abrams has stated in an interview that he has loved his experience working with Apple on Apple TV+ thriller Lisey’s Story, which debuts on the platform on June 4.
Speaking to Decoder, Abrams revealed how writer Stephen King brought him on for the project, what it was like to collaborate with King, and how they brought the novel to life in the series. But it was perhaps Abrams’ comments on working with Apple that were the most interesting. Asked about the budding partnership between the two he said:
I will say I’m a big fan of the people at Apple TV+ and I love the experience so far. Certainly on Lisey’s Story they’ve been incredible partners. I feel like at the end of the day a big company, a big network, it’s going to be the people who are there, who are calling the shots, and who you either feel like you see eye-to-eye or you don’t. I feel incredibly lucky working with the folks at Apple because I think we seem to be seeing things that excite us all at the same time in a way. So I’ve been nothing but happy working with Apple.
Abrams confirmed that he is working with Jennifer Garner and Apple TV+ on My Glory Was That I Had Such Friends, but in a throwaway comment confirmed that he is also working on “a couple of other things.”
Thanks to our friend Mel who used to run the site Jen Fans, we will be gradually merging in the content from her old site to our gallery. I have started with some of Jen’s older events which include a few events we didn’t have before!
– Jennifer Garner Online > EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > Last Uploads
Recently Jennifer Garner met with Dr. Jill Biden for a visit to Capital High School in Charleston, West Virginia. I have added images to the gallery from their visit.
– Jennifer Garner Online > EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2021 > MAY 13 | VISIT TO CAPITAL HILL HIGH SCHOOL WITH DR. JILL BIDEN
Added three outtakes to the gallery from Jen’s recent feature done in The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
– Jennifer Garner Online > Outtakes > 2021 > 001
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