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Jennifer Garner

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Lately, Jennifer Garner has been best known for playing the role of supportive wife to her husband Ben Affleck as he navigated the awards season marathon with Best Picture Argo and active mom to their three children Violet (2005), Seraphina (2009) and Samuel (2012). But don’t let her current domestic station fool you. She worked her way onto the A-list all by her lonesome. After college, the All-American girl moved to New York, worked as a hostess and collected a steady stream of small parts (Spin City, Law & Order, Danielle Steele’s Zoya, and Washington Square) for her resume in the mid-to-late ‘90s, even playing woman in elevator for Woody Allen. In 1998, she landed a recurring role on Felicity, which introduced her to two very important men. She was immediately attracted to star Scott Foley, who was her first husband from 2000-03. The show’s creator J.J. Abrams was so impressed that he sought her out when casting Alias in 2001. A band geek in high school, she hit the gym every day and studied tae kwon do in order to handle student/CIA agent Sydney Bristow’s stunts and fights. Her work paid off in the form of a Golden Globe, an eventual romance with co-star Michael Vartan and multiple offers to do movies including Daredevil, on which she met Affleck although they would not start dating until 2004, and adorable comedy 13 Going On 30. Since the show ended in 2006, she has concentrated on films (Kingdom, Juno, Arthur), Broadway (Cyrano de Bergerac) and parenthood.

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