On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Directed by Ivan Reitman, Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn.
Jennifer how many women are behind the sports scene that we never see?
Jennifer Garner: My character is a woman in a man’s world and she does it seamlessly. I had the privilege of shadowing Megan Rogers who is the capoligist at the Cleveland Browns. I just basically stoled everything from her from what she carried in her arms to the way she dressed. Megan is someone who never needs to show you she knows everything she just holds it inside and if necessary will bring out the hammer. It’s great that these women can keep their emotions in check and their brains can do so many things at once. You just have to have so much going on in your mind and lets just face it we’re good at that.
Jennifer I understand you’re a football fan.
Jennifer Garner: For sure but besides that I was doing a football movie of this caliber with Kevin Costner and it be his first football movie it was totally pinch me material. Growing up, every friday night I was at the football game because I was in the marching band then my senior year I left the band which was scandal at the time to be the water girl for the team. I don’t know if I knew what was really going on but I loved it. Now that I have kids my husband will have the Patriots on and I see what’s happening but I’m kind of running around making sure he can sit and watch calmly.
Are you a football house?
Jennifer Garner: We’re really a baseball house. To me sports are like a soap opera, when I was first dating Ben I never watched baseball, I didn’t really care. But if you watch three or four games in a row you learn just enough to know what’s going on. It’s the same as a soap opera, you watch three or four episodes and you know what’s going on or enough of a story line to grab you. I’m now addicted to baseball but when the play offs happen it’s all Tom Brady all the time.
Jennifer you had the opportunity to work with both Jason and Ivan Reitman how was it?
Jennifer Garner: I feel like they’re my kids as if you ask me which one of my kids is my favorite, it’s which ever one I’m with. Today it’s Ivan, but they are very similar. You can see where Jason has taken from his dad and watching him on set. Ivan has this passion for performance and there’s nothing more exciting to have him give you tons of notes on your performance. Working with Jason this past January I noticed how similar they are, there are such few directors that just direct like that and are really in it with you.
Draft Day is in theaters April 11th