Oprah Winfrey To Deliver Commencement Address For Virtual Graduation Event

Oprah Winfrey will be the featured commencement speaker for #Graduation 2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020, a multi-hour streaming event set for May 15 on both platforms.

Aimed at this year’s seniors whose commencement ceremonies have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook and Instagram will be honoring the class of 2020 with a virtual graduation event. It also will feature words of wisdom from Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, and more to be announced soon.

Miley Cyrus also is scheduled for a special performance of her hit song, “The Climb.” The video will be broadcast on Facebook Watch and available at facebook.com/facebookapp. Individual segments will be posted to the @instagram account on Instagram, as well as contributors’ social media accounts.

Source: Deadline

InStyle: Jennifer Garner on the Choices that Have Defined Her Career

Jennifer is part of InStyle magazine’s 25th anniversary issue!

My first InStyle cover was in 2004. I cut my bangs for the shoot in Hawaii, which was not very nice because I was in the middle of an Alias episode. I came back to L.A., and I was like, “Oh, I have bangs now.” Rude! Unprofessional! But I really love that young girl on the cover. Bless her buttons. I had been working professionally in the industry for 11 years, and I thought, “Wow, I have been through some things.” I thought I’d been around the block. Fifteen years later I realize, “My god, I hadn’t even been through anything bad yet.” My life is so intact, and I have so much respect for how fragile that is.

I feel a lot less stressed about the industry and my place in it now than I used to. When you’re one of the “hot girls” of the moment, you’re making choices that define you. I was defined first by choosing to go on hiatus, and then I was very quickly defined by pregnancies and babies. Now my choices are defined by different things. I don’t have the offers coming at me that I had during that first cover, but I know that what does come my way is because someone really wants to see me take a shot at a role.

Early on in my career I realized I was attracted to projects that weren’t your run-of-the-mill movies. There were a ton of big hits that I would have loved to have done, but those scripts weren’t coming to me. I look at all six of my InStyle covers, and I was promoting films like Butter, The Kingdom, Catch and Release, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. They’re movies that no one has heard of. They’re not big blockbusters or Oscar movies. But everyone who did see them, a combined total of 25 people, really loved them. They’re all pretty quirky—even 13 Going on 30 was a quirky choice to make at the time; it wasn’t a hot script being pursued by many people — and they all just require accepting the world from a different angle. That common thread makes me realize that I know myself. I am who I am.

I’ve always pursued other interests outside of acting too. In 2008 I started working for Save the Children to help kids growing up poor in rural America. I thought I’d be going to school-age programs, but Mark Shriver — who’s been my boss there for 11 years — said, “If you want to help kids growing up poor, you have to help them starting at birth.” So I got involved in early-childhood education, and I’ve learned so much about brain development. I wish I could go back to do it all again with my kids and fix whatever I’m sure I screwed up. [laughs]

It’s so gnarly to be a kid now. I guard my kids’ privacy as much as I possibly can, and I’ve never posted pictures of them on Instagram. I used to refuse to say their names during interviews — but everyone knows their names! I would just say “my eldest,” which I still do out of habit a lot. I’m sure there are times my kids would really love to see themselves reflected on my social media in a fun way and to have the attention they would get from that. But I’ve fought too hard against it. It would feel hypocritical. There’s no implied judgment of people who do put their kids up there; I just don’t think most kids have been hounded in the way that mine were when they were little. We were completely hounded 24/7 for 10 solid years, and it changes you. You no longer take things like being able to go to your mailbox for granted. I even stopped going to the farmers market because I was being photographed there constantly. I realized, “I’m ruining the farmers market for everyone; this is selfish.” [laughs]

I’m grateful I came up when I did and I didn’t have to deal with social media. It’s a whole other job. I know, cry me a river. But I’m glad we didn’t have the pressure on us that girls have now. I was such a baby about having to join [Instagram] — I kicked and screamed. Whatever I post has to feel authentic to me, like getting dressed for a red carpet. You’re in control of whatever you’re putting out there, and it’s got to be you. My stylist showed up today in something I could never pull off in my entire life — because I’m just not that cool — and she said, “Well, I would never bring it to you. I know you better than that.”

Close female friendships are everything to me. I’m still friends with the same people I was when I shot my InStyle covers. I’ve spoken to most of them in the last 48 hours. So I feel pretty lucky as far as the girlfriend thing is concerned. The few times I’ve been able to get together with groups of women thanks to #MeToo and Time’s Up, it’s been life-changing. I used to see Reese [Witherspoon] mainly because we have sons the same age. But she was really the only person in that kind of position in Hollywood that I could call. Now there are so many other women in the industry I can reach out to. Feeling like part of a whole instead of thinking “Oh my gosh, I’d better hold on to my spot as tightly as I can or we’ll all be subsumed” has been the hugest gift and the biggest game changer.

It’s important to find the beauty in everything, even when it’s hard. Looking back at my earlier InStyle cover shoots, especially the one [from 2005] when I was pregnant for the first time, I was naïvely confident that everything would be fine. I knew nothing, and I still know nothing. But now I know that I know nothing. And I’m comfortable with that.

How I’d describe myself:
In 2004: Optimistic, Empowered, Flat-stomached
Today: Optimistic, Humbled, Seeking wisdom, Grateful

Source: InStyle.com

Stars Announced For Save The Children Centennial Events

Save the Children, the international humanitarian organization, announced today that Jennifer Garner will host its “Centennial Celebration: Once in a Lifetime” event on October 2 in Beverly Hills, with a special performance by five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor.

Tommy Hilfiger, founder of Tommy Hilfiger, will be honored at “The Centennial Gala: Changing The World for Children” gala in New York City on September 12. To help celebrate the night in New York, chef and humanitarian José Andrés will create a special dessert for guests to enjoy. As previously announced, the two events are a culmination of the organization’s 100th year anniversary and will celebrate Save the Children’s mission to do whatever it takes for the most vulnerable children in the United States and around the world.

As previously announced, Save the Children will also host a second centennial celebration on October 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Save the Children Trustee and actor Jennifer Garner will host the event, which will honor The Walt Disney Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger with The Centennial Award. Special guest Oprah Winfrey will present the award to Mr. Iger. The West Coast event will be a night to remember with performances by James Taylor and the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda. Attendees will be treated to a dessert specially created for the event by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck.

“By continuing to advocate for the rights of children globally, Tommy Hilfiger has not only become a notable humanitarian figure, but he has built a brand based on corporate responsibility. We’re looking forward to honoring him for those efforts in New York in September,” said Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children. “And while Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children trustee, has hosted previous galas, we are thrilled to have her serve as the host of our first West Coast celebration in October. She is deeply committed to issues affecting children and most recently brought hope and joy to children recently released from government custody benefitting from Save the Children’s Child Friendly Spaces in hospitality centers in New Mexico.”

Over the past 100 years, Save the Children has changed the lives of far more than 1 billion children, reaching 134 million children in 2018 alone. As the world’s leading expert on children, with operations in 120 countries including the United States, Save the Children has an unparalleled ability not only to develop and test innovations, but also to dramatically scale what works – creating lasting, transformative change for children. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary, Save the Children launched The Promise of Childhood Campaign, a fundraising effort to raise $100 million to accelerate their work today and ensure their programs for tomorrow.

For more information on the West Coast event, please visit www.savethechildren.org/Celebration

Source: Look to the Stars

Jennifer Garner Graces the Cover of PEOPLE’s 2019 Beautiful Issue

The gorgeous actress, activist and mom of three is doing her part to change the world

From balancing her career as one of Hollywood’s leading ladies with her business pursuits — including cofounding Once Upon a Farm organic cold-pressed baby food — to her role as an artist ambassador to Save the Children, Jennifer Garner is more than deserving to grace the cover of this year’s The Beautiful Issue.

But it’s nothing compared to the beauty she finds in being a mom to her three kids, Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7, with ex-husband Ben Affleck.

“I’m starting to get to the point where I realize this job is not going to be forever,” the gorgeous star, 47, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Not in the all-encompassing every meal, every moment, every day way that I have loved for the last thirteen years. It’s going to shift. But there’s beauty in how it works in episodes.”

Growing up in West Virginia, Garner insists her own style could initially be described as “band geek-chic,” she says, laughing. “I was so not one of the pretty girls that I just bypassed insecurity and didn’t see myself as attractive at all. It was not part of my life.”

Yet the actress was grateful to her family for keeping her so grounded. “I felt good about myself back then! That is the lucky trick,” she adds. “Looks weren’t a big deal in my family. I don’t think my parents ever said ‘You’re pretty’ and so we just didn’t think about it.”

Watch the full episode of The Beautiful Issue Cover Story: Jennifer Garner streaming now on PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device.

When she doesn’t need to be red-carpet ready, Garner admits her “uniform” more often than not is workout clothes. “I try so hard to get out of [them],” she says. “But sometimes the day just doesn’t give you a break to shower and put on my other uniform, which is jeans, a sweater and sneakers.”

And don’t get her started about makeup. “Do I seem like someone who’s good at applying makeup?” she says, laughing. “I own the nicest brushes and I own contouring things. If I used it, I would just look bruised.”

Which is just fine with her three kiddos. Arriving home after a glam photo shoot, “I’ll feel like the best possible version of myself,” Garner adds. “They’ll look at me and say, ‘Can you wash your face? Can you put your hair in a ponytail and put your glasses and sweats on?’” she says, smiling. “And I see the compliment in that. They just want me to look like Mom.”

For more of our exclusive interview with Garner, pick up this week’s The Beautiful People issue on newsstands Friday and check out all of our coverage on PEOPLE.com

Source: People

Jennifer Garner Says an Alias Reboot is Happening

GLORY, HALLELUJAH! The reboot trend has finally given us a remake we deserve!

Jennifer Garner confirmed Friday that an Alias reboot is officially in the works, though it sound like it’s still very early days. “I’ve heard that there’s an Alias reboot happening, but no one’s talked to me about it,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, while promoting her new HBO series, Camping. “I mean it would be totally different. But if they didn’t have me on as a guest, I would be very, very angry. But I can’t imagine it being that serious yet because I haven’t heard anything about it at all.”

Fans holding their breath for a revival rather than reboot should probably take this as a sign to pack it in — though really, what were the odds that anyone would be able to pull Garner, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper, Victor Garber, David Anders and a handful of other key players together long enough to make that work? Even J.J. Abrams isn’t God, OK?

Like Garner said, a reboot would have to change substantially from the original, adapting itself not only for a 2018 audience but for a political climate that has different stakes than the world we lived in, in 2001 when the original series first premiered. You can’t exactly have a 20-something double agent with a mother who moonlighted as a KGB spy in this day and age.

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Jennifer Garner on How She Became an Action Machine for ‘Peppermint’

Jennifer Garner is kicking some serious butt in a PEOPLE exclusive featurette about the making of her new film, Peppermint.

The star, 46, brings Riley North to life in this action drama about a mother seeking justice after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting.

Garner opens up about playing Riley, saying in the clip, “I was excited right from the jump. The first time I read the script for Peppermint because it’s an original story and there’s a strong woman at the middle.”

“My character, Riley, watches this happen in front of her. She sees the people who killed her family,” Garner says. “She discovers the police and the people who should be helping her are all on the wrong side of the law.”

In a sequence of intense action scenes in which the actress punches, shoots and maims her family’s killers, Garner shows audiences she was deep into her character.

“She just shuts down her heart, goes into hiding and spends the next five years becoming a machine,” she says.

“She immediately takes matters into her own hands to make sure those people are brought to justice,” the mother of three continues. “The fact that she just says I’m a mom, I’m taking care of this and I’m going to do what I need to do. That, I’m inspired by. I’ve never gotten the chance to play that kind of visceral need to defend, or protect or take care of someone in your family.”

As for how she trained for those killer action sequences, Garner reveals she immersed herself into physical training.

“I’ve been training for a while on this. I did MMA skills, gun skills, knife skills. It was the connection to the physical that made me kind of understand her fight for her daughter,” she says.

Jennifer Garner on the Moment She Decided Not to Retire From Acting

Jennifer shared with etonline.com how she almost decided to quit acting and what made her change her mind.

Jennifer Garner’s career couldn’t be hotter, but there was a time when she wasn’t sure she would return to acting at all.

The 46-year-old actress got candid about her almost-retirement after giving birth to 6-year-old son Samuel in a recent interview with Variety. As Garner explained, welcoming three kids in seven years was enough to make her consider leaving her career behind.

“Three kids just knocks you flat on your a**,” she said, before recalling the phone call with her then-agent of 20 years, Patrick Whitesell, that changed everything. “I would have to decide, ‘No I actually do love this job.'”

“Patrick said, ‘Either this is the telephone call about you doing Dallas Buyers Club and how we’re going to make that happen, or it’s a telephone call about your retirement,’” Garner remembered. “That was a real moment of decision and clarity and I loved him for it, because it forced me to say, ‘OK, I am not ready to be home all the time.'”

Now, Garner seems to have it all. She’s a doting mom to 12-year-old Violet, 9-year-old Seraphina and Samuel with ex Ben Affleck, just received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, her new TV show, Camping, is about to debut on HBO, and her new movie, Peppermint, hits theaters on Sept. 7.

The actress opened up to ET last fall about how she manages motherhood and her career. “Any time that you’re playing someone who is going through something, you have to just figure it out, and you actually — believe it or not — don’t use your own life as much as you might think,” she said. “It really is its own bear to get through.”

“You just get into that place. That’s your job, and then you shake it off, because you have to go home and raise your kids,” Garner explained. “It’s just like any other time I do a scene with an emotional place.”

Jennifer Garner Talks Walk of Fame, TV After ‘Alias’

Twenty years ago, Jennifer Garner thought her career couldn’t get better. She’d survived nine months of sleeping in a kitchen in Manhattan and eating spaghetti with butter while understudying for an Ivan Turgenev play on Broadway, scored a few walk-on parts on TV, and landed the lead in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie in which she played a 19th century orphan.

“Making a couple hundred dollars a week to pay for my apartment, I really thought that was as good as it was going to get,” laughs Garner on an afternoon in Los Angeles. “I was completely and totally thrilled with that.”

Her Hallmark director, Christopher Cain, invited her to fly out to Malibu and stay with him and his wife, Sharon. The rental car company ran out of cheap sedans, so they handed her the keys to a convertible. One day, she drove around, got lost, and found herself on Hollywood Boulevard stumbling over other tourists and signs as she watched the stars go by under her feet. On Aug. 20, she’ll get her own.

“It’s all been a big accident,” she insists. Not for anyone who’s paid close attention to her performances: the attentive eyes, the steel spine, the radiant likability second only to Tom Hanks. Her first starring film role, 2004’s “13 Going on 30,” is this generation’s “Big.”

“There’s rarely a day that I’m out in the world that somebody doesn’t mention ‘13 going on 30,’” says Garner. “It just pops up in your life as a GIF.”

Only Jennifer Garner would highlight the body-swapped eighth-grader’s enthusiasm, not her ignorance. Only Jennifer Garner could take the anxious adoptive mother role in “Juno” and fill her brittle character with so much heart that she, not the sarcastic teen, becomes the film’s emotional center. And only Jennifer Garner could launch into a major new act of her career — “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” “Love, Simon” and this fall’s HBO black comedy “Camping,” her first TV show since “Alias” — with such modesty that she hardly seems to expect that people will catch on that at 46, she’s doing the most fulfilling work of her career.

All the Charleston-raised girl, a self-described “total snob” about sticking to theater, wanted to do was eke out a living performing live Shakespeare. Growing up as the middle child of three daughters, she was so well-behaved that she didn’t pierce her ears, pluck her eyebrows, or wear nail polish. The worst thing Garner did in high school was swipe her dad’s Camry to drive to Taco Bell. She entered college studying chemistry — her dad’s profession — and then switched to drama, which aligned her more with her mom, an English teacher.

“I just love language,” says Garner. Twisting lines, muttered quips, mouthsful of monologues. Yet, when she committed to Hollywood, the best part an ingénue could get was as Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend in “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” in which her character had magic inflating boobs.

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What Jennifer Garner is Teaching Her Kids About Food, the Farm, and Their Grandmom’s Childhood

Jennifer is featured on the cover of the September issue of Southern Living magazine.

Ask Jennifer Garner what she remembers about growing up in the South (she is from West Virginia), and she will probably mention food. More specifically, her mother’s cooking. For Jennifer, like so many other Southerners, food represents more than just a meal at the table. It’s a time to gather as a family. It’s a way of passing down recipes from generations. Food is love.

SL: What do you want your kids to know about this farm?

JG: I want them to know that my mother was happy and free on the farm. I want them to know that you don’t need things to keep you occupied. I think that the only real way to understand a concept like that is to live it, so I guess we’d better head to the farm more often!

SL: The best lesson your mother taught you about food:

JG: That food is love. My mother took pride in feeding our family, always tried to make it fun, always made it fresh and hot. She would pick me up from dance class and then transport me to theater rehearsal with a plate of something warm from the oven. That’s one of the most consistent and loving things she did for me.

SL: How are you passing down what you learned to your own kids?

JG: I try not to battle with them about food. They are not nearly as finicky as I was, but their pickiness still drives me nuts. I do my very best to take my cues from my mom and put good food in front of them and let it be from there. I am not always successful. Oh—and I also try to have a plate of fresh cut-up veggies on the counter for them to munch on while I am finishing dinner. Mom did that too.

SL: Do you ever dream of coming home to the South? (By the way, your parents did not make us ask this question—promise!)

JG: I could easily and happily live on a farm in the South or anywhere that had enough family nearby to feel like the South. I hope to own a home in West Virginia someday, but right now, the kids and I are so happy to go home to Grandmom and Granddad’s house that I am not in any rush.

Family, Friday night football, Mama’s fried chicken. Those are just a few of the items that usually make the short list for Southerners when they talk about their childhoods, whether it be growing up in a big city or a small town. There are certain memories that are made that we just can’t forget. Memories that we would love to recreate when we are mothers or grandmothers of our own. Here, Jennifer Garner shares some of her favorite memories of growing up in West Virginia.

SL: So, what’s your fondest memory of growing up in West Virginia?

JG: The friendliness and patience of Southerners. When I first moved to New York City, my hand almost fell off from waving at every person I passed on the sidewalk—because that’s how I had been raised. I really believe the more people you make eye contact and share a smile with, the happier and more connected you feel.

SL: And you still miss…

JG: West Virginia’s warm summer nights—and fireflies. I miss the easy sense of community (although, with a little effort, you can build that for yourself anywhere). I also miss songbirds at the bird feeder, pickup trucks on the road, and high school football games on Friday nights.

SL: Favorite meal growing up:

JG: Mom’s roast chicken, rice, and gravy with hot homemade rolls. Notice that I didn’t mention anything green—I didn’t eat anything green until I was an adult. There was probably a fruit crumble afterward too—and ice cream.

Jennifer Garner To Receive A Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jennifer will receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, August 20th.

HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR JENNIFER GARNER WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Honoree: JENNIFER GARNER
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: Judy Greer and Steve Carell

WHAT: Dedication of the 2,641st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures

WHERE: 6920 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the new Miniso store

WHEN: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PDT

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actress Jennifer Garner will be honored with the 2,641st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, August 20, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the new Miniso store.

“Jennifer Garner is an actress that can show different aspects of her personality with her acting. She has played a variety of characters that run the gamut. From a CIA agent, a mom and a young girl coming of age and much more. She can do it all! Her fans from around the world have been waiting for her to come and collect her star and we are proud to welcome her to the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Helping Emcee Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be actors Judy Greer and Steve Carell.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Award winning actress Jennifer Garner is a native of Houston, Texas but moved to Charleston, West Virginia at the age of three. She attended George Washington High School and played saxophone in the marching band. She later enrolled at Ohio’s Denison University where she changed her major from Chemistry to Theater. She then went on to study at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater performance.

Garner’s impressive resume of acting credits includes the award-winning JUNO and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto as well as hits like, 13 GOING ON 30, LOVE SIMON, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and PEARL HARBOR. Garner is beloved for her role as “Sidney Bristow” on JJ Abrams’ “Alias” for which Garner won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a People’s Choice Award for her performance in addition to nominations for four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes and two SAG awards.

She will next be seen in STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s PEPPERMINT, an action thriller. From the director of TAKEN, PEPPERMINT will be in theaters, September 7th.

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