Jennifer Garner Praises Reese Witherspoon's Solidarity in Tough Public Ordeal

Explore the enduring friendship between Garner and Witherspoon.

by Nouman Rasool
Jennifer Garner Praises Reese Witherspoon's Solidarity in Tough Public Ordeal
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Jennifer Garner, the beloved star of stage and screen, recently took a moment during a panel discussion at Hello Sunshine’s inaugural Shine Away Event on Saturday, October 21, in Los Angeles, to shower praises on her close friend and fellow actress, Reese Witherspoon.

Garner, who is 51, reflected on a tumultuous time in her life, describing it as a “very public, very hard moment,” and expressed her heartfelt gratitude towards Witherspoon for being an unwavering source of support.

“During those challenging times, Reese was a pillar of strength and encouragement,” Garner recounted, her voice filled with emotion. “I turned to dance cardio as my sanctuary, and Reese, she was right there with me, every step of the way.

We danced so vigorously that her foot broke, but she kept going. That’s just who she is”. Witherspoon, who is 47, lightened the mood with a playful joke, encouraging everyone to “Just keep dancing, ladies.

Just keep dancing”.

Garner Highlights Witherspoon's Devotion

Garner delved deeper into their friendship, highlighting Witherspoon’s unwavering commitment and support. “It was as if she was saying, ‘I’m here for you, no matter what.’ We would schedule our workouts, even on vacation, and she was always there, ready to lift me up,” Garner said.

While Garner chose to keep the specifics of the “hard moment” private, she continued to sing praises of the Morning Show actress, showcasing her thoughtful and caring nature. “Reese doesn’t just stop at being a friend.

She’s also there to give you life advice, to guide you through the parenting maze,” Garner shared, a smile on her face. Garner, a doting mother to three children—Violet, 17, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 11—whom she shares with her ex-husband Ben Affleck, touched upon the importance of friendship and support, especially during life’s transitions.

Affleck and Garner were married in 2005, separated in 2015, and finalized their divorce in 2018. Affleck has since married Jennifer Lopez, while Garner has found love with businessman John Miller. Earlier this year, the bond between Garner and Witherspoon strengthened as they collaborated on the AppleTV+ mystery series The Last Thing He Told Me, with Witherspoon serving as an executive producer and Garner dazzling in the lead role.

During the panel, Garner highlighted the impact of Hello Sunshine, Witherspoon’s production company, in changing the narrative and creating a space for women in the industry to connect, share, and uplift one another.

“It’s a place of change, a place where we are no longer siloed, and for that, I am eternally grateful,” Garner concluded, her words resonating with the audience.

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