Jennifer Garner Playfully Teases Mark Ruffalo, Alleging He Nearly Bailed On '13 Going on 30'
Jennifer Garner Playfully Teases Mark Ruffalo, Alleging He Nearly Bailed On '13 Going on 30'

In a heartwarming tribute to Mark Ruffalo’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction, Jennifer Garner couldn’t resist poking fun at their shared history in “13 Going on 30” as the beloved rom-com approaches its 20th anniversary.

The ceremony, which honored Mark Ruffalo with the 2,772nd star on Hollywood Boulevard, saw Garner, along with actor Tim McNeil and director David Fincher, showering praises upon the esteemed actor. Ruffalo, known for his roles in “Poor Things” and “Hulk,” reflected humbly on his journey, tracing back to his roots in Wisconsin, where he hailed from a hardworking immigrant family.

But amidst the heartfelt speeches and accolades, Garner, stepping in for Laura Dern who couldn’t attend due to COVID, lightened the mood with her witty remarks. Addressing the crowd, she quipped, “I kicked off the Mark Ruffalo rom-com era!” referring to their iconic roles as Jenna and Matty in “13 Going on 30.”

Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner
Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30

Jennifer Garner Lightens the Mood with Playful Banter on Mark Ruffalo

Garner didn’t shy away from teasing her former co-star, recounting a memorable moment during rehearsals for the film’s “Thriller” dance sequence. “I wonder if he tried to drop out of their films as he did out of ours after the first rehearsal of the ‘Thriller’ dance,” Garner joked, recalling Ruffalo’s initial reluctance followed by a change of heart.

Despite the playful banter, Garner took a moment to laud Ruffalo’s talent and camaraderie. “Your work on ‘Poor Things’ deserves all of the awards. All of them,” she praised, emphasizing the genuine delight shared by their colleagues in celebrating Ruffalo’s achievements.

And just when it seemed like the teasing was over, Garner and Ruffalo delighted fans by reenacting Michael Jackson’s iconic move from the “Thriller” dance, showcasing their enduring chemistry and friendship.

In essence, amidst the laughter and jest, Garner’s affectionate ribbing only served to highlight the enduring bond shared between her and Ruffalo, making their reunion on this special occasion all the more memorable.

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