Jennifer Garner talks Picking the Right Roles and Her New Film, ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’

jennifer-garner-odd-life-of-timothy-greenNo one can deny that Jennifer Garner has had an incredible career. Leading up to her breakout role in “Alias,” Garner had many memorable parts on network TV and movies such as “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Since “Alias,” Garner’s film career has exploded with movies such as “13 Going on 30,” “Juno,” and “Valentine’s Day.” Moviefone recently chatted with Garner about her career, post-baby life, and her new film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”

Over the course of her multifaceted career, Garner has played many different roles. A truly versatile actor, Garner has shown herself to be exceptionally capable of drama and comedy, alike. However, even with her amazing variety, Garner explained that there are many scenes that she has trouble remembering. “Almost everything I’ve ever done I’ve only seen once, and I almost never run across anything. One night I ran across an episode of ‘Alias’ and it was the weirdest thing. A lot of episodes maybe I saw but I was so busy at the time, I don’t think I ever saw them all. Someday I want to go back and watch them. I felt like I was watching a different person. I didn’t even know what I was talking about, I kind of remembered the outfit but I started speaking another language that I didn’t remember learning and then I did a fight I didn’t remember. It was crazy.”

Even though her role on “Alias” might seen foreign to the roles Garner plays today, she is not opposed to going back to the action genre – under certain conditions, of course. “If the right thing came along. Absolutely. I know how to train hard. I sill work out with the same trainer that I did through all of ‘Alias’ and all the action stuff and she always says we’re just a few workouts away. If I loved something enough, I would do it.”

Picking the right roles has been a concern for Garner, especially since she became a mother. “I don’t think that it’s a bad thing to be choosy about roles. I hadn’t been a lead in a full movie since I had a baby, if you can believe it. So [“Timothy Green”] was the first time that something was so compelling to me that I just had to do it and we figured it out. But yes, with every baby, I’ve gotten a little pickier about what I do.”

Garner believes that her new movie, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” has poignancy for many families who are fighting infertility, or considering adoption. “I don’t have a problem with fertility at all. [Laughs] But I have so many friends who have been through it or in the process of adopting or doing IVF. I see their heartbreak and I don’t claim to be the poster child for it, because it’s not my experience in any way, but I try to treat it with respect. I can imagine, very easily, that kind of longing and that kind of huge disappointment and reordering of your own idea of yourself.”

Garner desires that a large theme of the movie will inspire others. “I hope this movie promotes adoption. That would be a great side effect.”

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