Award-winning actress JENNIFER GARNER (Kelly Cooper) has enjoyed a successful
career at the top of her field in both film and television, most recently taking
on the roles of producer and philanthropist. She was seen in the award-winning
film "Dallas Buyers Club" opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Garner
and the film
received a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in the best motion picture
category, a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for outstanding performance by
a cast in a motion picture, as well as an Academy Award nomination in the best
motion picture category.
Garner co-stars in the independent drama "Imagine," alongside Al Pacino, Annette
Bening and Bobby Cannavale, as the daughter-in-law of an aging rock star (Pacino)
who reconnects with his grown son after opening a letter sent from John Lennon
to his 19-year-old self. Garner also appears in director Jason Reitman's "Men,
Women and Children," which also stars Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Rosemarie
DeWitt and Dean Norris. The film is slated for release in late 2014.
Garner was seen opposite Kevin Costner in the Lionsgate film "Draft Day," about
an American Football franchise struggling to get the No. 1 draft pick. She
starred opposite Joel Edgerton in the Disney fantasy film "The Odd Life of
Timothy Green." Garner was honored as Female Star of the Year at the 2012 Cinema
Con awards ceremony for her role in the film. She also starred opposite Jason
Bateman and Ellen Page in Fox Searchlight's award-winning feature "Juno." She
was praised for her performance and "Juno" won several awards, including a
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and an Independent Spirit Award for
best comedy and best feature film, respectively.
In 2005 Garner started her own production company with her personal assistant of
many years, Juliana Janes. The company, Vandalia Films, is named after the
original name for Garner's home state of West Virginia. Vandalia Films recently
signed an overall television production deal with Warner Bros. They produced the
blacklisted screenplay "Butter" with the Weinstein Company, which was released
in 2012. Other projects on the horizon and in development include a Lifetime
movie titled "Hannah's Road" that takes place in rural West Virginia. They have
also recently optioned the rights to the book "The Aviator's Wife" by Melanie
Benjamin, which tells the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and the dizzying highs
and devastating lows of her marriage to famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.
On the small screen, Garner was honored with acting awards including a Golden
Globe, SAG Award and People's Choice Award for her memorable portrayal of CIA
double-agent Sydney Bristow on the JJ Abrams' television show "Alias." Over the
course of the show's five-season run, Garner was nominated for four Emmy
Awards, four Golden Globes and two SAG Awards.
Garner also received rave reviews for her revival of "Roxanne" in the Broadway
production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" opposite Kevin Kline.
Her impressive resume of film credits include Weinstein Company's "Butter,"
Warner Bros.' "Arthur," "Valentine's Day," "The Invention of Lying," "Ghosts of
Girlfriends Past," Universal Pictures' "The Kingdom," Revolution Studios' smash
hit "13 Going on 30," 20th Century Fox's blockbuster hit "Daredevil" and "Pearl
Garner serves as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena and is featured in national
television and print campaigns. She also held the position of Artist Ambassador
with Save the Children's US Programs. As an Artist Ambassador, Garner brought
Save the Children's early childhood development and literacy programs to West
Virginia, where more than a quarter of children live below the poverty line. She
has advocated on Capitol Hill on behalf of the organization and traveled to
California's Central Valley, Kentucky and West Virginia to see the effects of
poverty firsthand. Garner recently joined the global non-profit's board of
trustees, deepening her commitment to issues affecting children in America and
around the world. Committed to a six-year term as one of 30 members of the
organization's board, Garner joins the likes of former ABC News president David
Westin, former chairman of the Xerox Corporation Anne Mulcahy, and ABC News
political commentator Cokie Roberts.
Garner was born in Houston, Texas, raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and
currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.