1. She gained recognition for her performance as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the ABC spy-action thriller drama series Alias, which aired for five seasons from 2001 to 2006.
2. For her work on the series, Garner won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
3. While working on Alias, she gained cameo roles in movies such as the epic war film Pearl Harbor .
4. Since then, Garner has appeared in supporting as well as lead roles in the 2000s including the superhero film Daredevil .
5. In the 2010s, she appeared in the fantasy comedy-drama film The Odd Life of Timothy Green .
6. Garner was born in Houston, Texas. and her father, William John “Bill” Garner, worked as a chemical engineer.
7. Garner says she did not plan on becoming an actress: “I wanted to be a doctor, a librarian.
8. The more I learned what there was to learn about this field, the more hungry I became for it.
9. In 1995, Garner started pursuing theater in New York City and earned $150 a week as an understudy in the play A Month in the Country for Roundabout Theatre Company. She was then cast in her first television role as part of a made-for-television movie Zoya, based on the Danielle Steel novel.
10. In the late 1990s, she made brief appearances in individual episodes of Spin City and Law & Order while also securing roles in two short-lived television series, Significant Others and Time of Your Life.
11. During her time on Spin City she met Stephen Colbert and became an occasional babysitter for his kids.
12. In 1996, Garner appeared in a made-for-TV movie, “Harvest of Fire” starring Patty Duke, as an Amish young woman, Sarah Troyer
13. In 2001, she appeared as the supporting character of a nurse in the big-budget epic Pearl Harbor, starring her future husband Ben Affleck.
14. Later in 2001, J.J. Abrams, the producer of Felicity, in which Garner had played a recurring role since 1998, approached Garner to audition for the role of Sydney Bristow in his new spy drama Alias.