#WomanOfInterest – Jennifer Garner

July 31st, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer GarnerThe world of dance can open one up to many paths. This week’s #WomenOfInterest is no stranger to the dance world or the places it can lead you. Jennifer Garner might be a successful actress, but that’s not all that she does. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and an advocate for children!

 

Early Life

Jennifer Anne Garner was born on April 17, 1972 in Houston, Texas. At the tender age of three she moved to West Virginia with her family. She is the middle child between two sisters. In high school, Jennifer played the saxophone in the marching band and was the water girl for the football team. She participated in musicals in a community theater. For nearly a decade, she took ballet lessons and also had lessons in piano and singing. She received her Bachelor’s degree in theater from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1994 and had an opportunity to study at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut in 1993.

 

Career

DanceCompetitionJennifer moved to New York City in 1995 and worked as an understudy for the Roundabout Theater Company. She also worked as a waitress at a restaurant on Upper East Side. Jennifer moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and many film and television doors opened up for her. She is mostly known for her role as Jenna Rink in the movie, 13 Going On 30 and her role as Vanessa Loring in the movie, Juno. In 2018, she was the voice of Mama Llama in a Netflix’s original preschool series, Llama Llama. Over the years, she has participated in many films and appeared in numerous roles on television. Hard work definitely paid off because she is a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award winner and has also been nominated and won many other awards.

 

The Present

dancecompetitionJennifer is not only a talented actress but she is an activist as well. She is an artist ambassador for Save the Children. Jennifer works along with the organization to promote early childhood education. She also campaigned for laws to protect children of celebrities from the harassment of the paparazzi. In 2013, California passed a law to help protect children. In addition, she participated in documentaries that brought awareness to rural poverty among children in West Virginia and global warming. She married Ben Affleck on June 29, 2005 in Turks and Caicos. They are the proud parents of three children: two daughters and one son.

 

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Phaedra McDowell is a writer for StarQuest. She loves to celebrate others, serve her community through the arts, and encourage young people to dream without limits.