Despite her role in movies and being known as Ben Affleck’s (ex) wife, Jennifer Garner actually started her career on the small screen. Garner played a spy in ABC’s Alias which debuted in 2001 and ran for 5 seasons. She is returning to the small screen for the first time in 12 years with a role in HBO’s Camping.
Garner says that during that period of time if people were offering her things on TV, they wouldn’t necessarily make it to her as film roles were thought to be more advantageous or important at the time.
Garner has always known she would return to television and she’s looked forward to it.
There are things about working on a television show and working on a film set that are vastly different.
Garner explains that the vibe on the set of a television show is much different and more ‘familial.’
She enjoys getting the newest script on a television show to see exactly what direction the character is being taken in and why.
There is a real enmeshment and getting to know the character that isn’t always afforded on films which have a definitive start and end. They also only last a bit longer than a standard television episode.
Garner does reveal that she’s happy there has been a shift from the standard way that networks run series and how streaming platforms are now run.
This shift provides more flexibility which she now needs as a mother of three.
“Being a lead in a single lead, 22 episode series, I don’t think I could do it anymore,” revealed Garner referring to how much time and commitment something like Alias required.
She also admits that what drew her to saying yes to Camping, was that it’s shot in Los Angeles.
This way she’s in town and still able to see her kids daily.