|Famous For: Sidney Bristow in ABC's Action Thriller Alias, Pearl Harbor, 13 Going on 30||Currently Known For: Actress and Producer|
Currently Known For Actress and Producer
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?