She’s one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood, but even Jennifer Garner still gets starstruck. During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 45-year-old star revealed that she isn’t in awe of other actors — she gets nervous around notable names like Barefoot Contessa host Ina Garten! Learn more in the video below.
During her chat with ET, Jen also opened up about playing Sandy Mason — a woman who finds out her husband is cheating on her — in the new film The Tribes of Palos Verdes. According to the Alias alum, she was excited to play the part because it’s nothing like any other role she’s ever had.
“The character is something so different from anything I’ve played before. I usually play characters who are more kind of buttoned-up than I am in real life. To play somebody who is this just coming apart at the seams was exciting, terrifying but exciting,” she said. “I went home to kids and a busy house, so I didn’t really have a choice [of whether or not to shake it off].”
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The mother-of-three — who shares kids Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5, with estranged husband Ben Affleck — said that, like her character, she also had a difficult time transitioning after making a major move. “I did have a hard time leaving. I lived in New York first, and I moved out here and felt like, ‘What did I do?'” she said of her decision to settle down in LA.
“I really had to make the decision to be happy and figure out what the things are that I love about it here, and do them constantly,” Jennifer continued. “They were hiking, farmers markets, cooking, yoga…I found a few things and the work followed.”
The Tribes of Palos Verdes hits theaters on Friday, Dec. 1.