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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Jennifer Garner

Famous For:
Sidney Bristow in ABC's Action Thriller Alias, Pearl Harbor, 13 Going on 30
Networth:
$45 Million
Currently Known For:
Actress and Producer
Famous Years:
1998-Present
Jennifer Garner



  Famous For:
Sidney Bristow in ABC's Action Thriller Alias, Pearl Harbor, 13 Going on 30

  Networth:
$45 Million


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“I never had a problem resisting somebody that I knew was going to break my heart.” Perhaps not always the luckiest in love especially during her early career, heartache was actually the last thing on Jennifer Garner’s mind as she moved around Canada and the United States with her family before settling down in Charleston, West Virginia. Envisioning her future as a librarian or a doctor throughout high school and college, Garner’s career path took a drastic turn when she earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Eager to learn more, she went on to study at Connecticut’s National Theater Institute where her fascination with acting blossomed.

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Spending the early 1990s appearing in a couple of Shakespearean plays like The Merchant of Venice, Garner decided to fully commit to acting and moved to New York City where she quickly found a gig as an understudy at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Shortly after, she was cast in her first role in the straight-to-DVD film Zoya which, despite being a huge failure, marked a notch on Garner’s acting belt and opened a world of opportunities to perfect her talent. Doing exactly that over the next few years, it wasn’t long before she was cast in a few small time roles on series like Law & Order and Spin City.

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With her career continuing to pick up steam over the next five years, Garner eventually caught a major break in 2001 when director J.J. Abrams spotted her on Felicity and invited her to audition for the role of Sydney Bristow in his new action drama series Alias. Immediately landing the part, Garner knew it was her opportunity to shine and committed to a month-long private martial arts class to better prepare for her role as a double agent. But, as it turns out, it wasn’t that easy when the cameras started rolling.

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The first day of shooting was exceptionally rough for Garner who felt awkward and out of place on the set. However, she eventually came into the role and found her groove as Alias lured in over 10 million weekly viewers and became a huge success for Abrams and the network. With Garner’s incredible performance as a big part of the show’s popularity, her salary definitely reflected her hard work as her initial salary of $40,000 per episode continued to climb higher and higher. By the finale in 2006, she was bringing in around $150,000 per episode.

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Garner’s television success was only the start of a long and prosperous career in the spotlight as the actress returned to the big screen where she’s wowed audiences again and again. To date, she’s appeared in over 50 films with several projects currently in the works including The Tribes of Palos Verdes and Wakefield. Along the way, she’s amassed 52 award nominations including four Primetime Emmys and four Golden Globes with one win. Of course, beyond her wall of trophies and worldwide recognition, she’s also built an impressive net worth of $45 million.

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While $45 million may seem like mere pennies compared to mega celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, Garner doesn’t let that get in the way of her lavish lifestyle especially when it comes to her home. Nestled on three acres in Los Angeles’ affluent Pacific Palisades, Garner’s stunning cliff-side ranch house set the star back over $17 million in renovations and upgrades after the original 9,000 square foot home was transformed into an astonishing 20,000 square foot complex.

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Today, the home stretches across two buildings and features two underground guest suites as well as dozens of amenities including a home theater, gym, billiards room, office space, an art studio, a 1,000-bottle wine cellar and much, much more. Outside, the property is meticulously maintained from the sparkling pool and hot tub to the outdoor kitchen and three car garage which, believe it or not, is not even close to being big enough to house all of Garner’s vehicles. Included in her lavish collection is a Lexus LS600hL, a Mercedes GL350 BlueTech, a Mercedes S63 AMG, a Lexus RX400h, a BMW Hydrogen 7, a Land Rover LR4 and a shiny Tesla Model S. We told you she enjoys the finer things in life!

Beyond her lavish cars and impressive mansion, Garner’s spending habits are generally private except when it comes to her philanthropy. Over the years, the Alias star has donated to over two dozen nonprofits including the I Have a Dream Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back and the Children’s Defense Fund. Proving she can do more than just write a check, Garner isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and, since 2009, has been an Ambassador with Save the Children where she actively does her part to ensure that underprivileged American children have access to quality education. How’s that for talking the talk and walking the walk?

Amid her incredible success on Alias (2001-2006), Jennifer Garner gave fans exactly what they were hoping for in the new millennium when she made the transition to film in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 drama, Catch Me If You Can. Dubbed as “the next superstar” by Spielberg himself, Garner followed up with her first co-starring film role opposite Ben Affleck in Daredevil (2003). Cast as Elektra, Garner leapt at the chance to hone her physicality and fighting skills after her numerous fighting scenes in Alias.

“I did Daredevil because I wanted to learn what I thought it could teach me. I was so obsessed with fighting after my year of Alias and so into learning as much as I could, I really wanted to take it to another level,” Garner said of the film. “That’s what Daredevil did. I had to learn to fight weapons. I had to learn to fight on wires and just fighting every day, all summer, it just kind of built my confidence.”

While Garner’s confidence flourished on the set of Daredevil, the film itself was lacking as it failed to impress audiences and critics alike. Regardless, Garner remained faithful to her character as she immersed herself in Elektra’s entire saga. “Her story is pretty epic,” Garner said. “It’s pretty fascinating. She’s a very dark woman and I’m waiting to have a little time because I might actually branch off and read X-Men or The Hulk. I got into it.”

Truth be told, Garner didn’t have time to read either comic book series since she signed a contract to star in the Daredevil sequel—Elektra—in 2005. Since Daredevil was only a modest box office success, there were even lower expectations for Elektra, which is why Garner shot her scenes over the summer when she was on break from Alias. Just as critics predicted, Elektra was a flop at the box office and was outranked by Meet the Fockers, In Good Company, Coach Carter, and Racing Stripes during its opening weekend to become one of the lowest rated Marvel films in history. It’s also one of the lowest grossing female-led action movies but critics argue that it isn’t Garner’s fault—after all, she did most of her own stunts!

“If there’s something that I feel like… it’s almost always something small like jumping backwards off of something high, in heels, where I’ll say, ‘I don't trust myself to land and not tweak something.’ That’s when I’ll put my double in because her balance is so impeccable. She’s a gymnast,” Garner said of doing most of the action shots herself. “Or there were a couple of aerials in the movie. I can’t do an aerial. Even if you put a wire on me, I don’t know the first thing about it… So, I definitely know my own limitations. I push them a little but not much because I definitely want to be at work the next day.”

Coincidentally, Elektra marks Garner’s last action film to date, which leaves many to wonder if the 43-year-old actress and film producer will ever be courageous enough to venture back into the realm of superheroes!

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