HOMETOWN: Charleston, W.Va.
FAVORITE ACTORS: Ed Harris, Annette Bening
NEXT PROJECT: “As of now my entire focus is ‘Alias.’ I haven’t even thought ahead.”
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 10 YEARS FROM NOW?: “Happily married, working, a couple of kids, maybe. Who knows? I’m totally open to whatever the future will bring.”
WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ACTOR?: “I love to perform, put on a show and was able to parlay my early ballet lessons into local musicals and eventually summer stock.”
Life is fairly terrific right now for Jennifer Garner, both professionally and personally. With a lead role in ABC’s new Sunday drama “Alias” and real-life nuptials last year to “Felicity” co-star Scott Foley, opportunities seem endless for the 29-year-old actress.
“I’m definitely having the best time,” says Garner. “This job, my marriage, a new home… What more could I possibly ask for?”
Although playing Sydney Bristow, an agent for a top-secret division of the CIA on “Alias,” is Garner’s most visible role, it’s far from her first on television. She co-starred in short-lived Fox dramas “Time of Your Life” (1999) and “Significant Others” (1998), and had guest shots on “Spin City,” “The Pretender” and “Law & Order.” On the bigscreen, Garner appeared this summer in “Pearl Harbor.”
The role that changed her life, literally, was a two-episode stint guesting on “Felicity” in 1998.
“If it wasn’t for ‘Felicity,’ I may have never met Scott,” notes Garner of her new husband. “Little did I know the kind of impact appearing on that show would have on my life.”
The Denison U. graduate honed her early acting skills at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival and the Roundabout Theater (the latter with “Alias” co-star Ron Rifkin as an understudy in the play “A Month in the Country”).
Although a move to New York led Garner to her first TV role in “Danielle Steele’s Zoya,” as well as a hostess gig to help make ends meet, Los Angeles came calling and she soon found herself with plenty of work in front of the camera.
“In a short amount of time I’ve had a lot of really positive, rewarding experiences,” notes Garner, “and I am really thankful for that. Even if ‘Alias’ should end tomorrow, I would be grateful for every second of it. Every day is a new adventure for me.”