Jennifer Anne Garner Affleck
(born April 17, 1972) is an American actress.
She is best known for her role as CIA agent Sydney Bristow on TV's Alias
, as well as for her roles in the films Juno
, Pearl Harbor
, Dude, Where's My Car?
, 13 Going on 30
, Catch Me if You Can
, Catch and Release
, and The Kingdom
Garner was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Patricia Ann (née English), an English teacher from Oklahoma, and William John Garner, a chemical engineer who worked for Union Carbide in Texas. She is the middle child between two sisters, Melissa Garner Wylie (born 1969, resides in Boston, Massachusetts) and Susannah Kay Garner Carpenter (born January 24, 1975 in Texas, resides in Charleston, West Virginia). Her family is Methodist. At three years old, Garner began taking ballet lessons which she continued throughout her youth. Although she admitted that she loved dancing, she never had ambitions to become a classical ballerina. When she was four years old, her father's job with Union Carbide relocated her family to Princeton, West Virginia, then to Charleston, West Virginia, where Garner resided until her college years.