Jennifer Garner Says She Most Often Gets This Surprising Compliment From Fans

Emma McIntyreGetty Images

Jennifer Garner has met thousands of fans throughout her illustrious acting career, and they are quick to praise her for any number of things, such as her looks or her work. There is one compliment that the Alias star gets way more than others, however, and that message may come as a shock to many.

“They tell me I’m prettier in person than I am on screen,” the 47-year-old revealed to People, noting that she hears it “every day at some point” if she’s out and about.

“I don’t know what it is, but that is by far what I hear the most,” she added.

The compliment may come as a surprise to many of actress’ fans, especially since she is the cover star for this year’s Beautiful Issue of People magazine, but Garner explained that she feels “really lucky” for the interactions that she has with her fans.

“[They] tend to feel like I’m the girl they grew up next to or an old friend, and they want to continue a conversation that I didn’t know we were having,” she said.

While Jennifer’s fans typically have nothing but nice things to say to the actress, the internet is a different story. The Elektra star makes it a point to try and avoid reading about herself or checking out pictures online.

“It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I care too much,” she said of her decision to ignore posts and articles about herself on the world wide web.

One platform she does keep up with, however, is Instagram. Jennifer created her account on the popular social media platform less than two years ago, but her posts have quickly become popular among her 5.8 million followers, especially the ones for her Pretend Cooking Show.

View this post on Instagram

This dip, by Melissa Clark (@clarkbar) of @nytcooking, is a little something I’ve used to make a blah meal ooh la la for years. The more you make it the more you’ll discover your tastes. For example, I tasted like garlic for six days after this batch—????—I ate it all anyway. #dragonbreath???????????? #sodeliciousonanything #pretendcookingshow The full episode is on IGTV ???? . Melissa Clark’s Spicy, Garlicky Cashew Spread Ingredients: 1 cup roasted, salted cashews 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, with some stems ¼ cup canola or safflower oil 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, sliced (discard seeds or not, to taste) Juice of 1 lime (I like more????????‍♀️❤️!) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper . Directions: 1. In a blender or food processor, combine cashews, cilantro, oil, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, jalapeño(s), lime juice (and 2 tablespoons of water that I forgot!). 2. Blend until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired. 3. Use it on beef, chicken, shrimp, veggies, as a chip dip— anything. 4. Yum.

A post shared by Jennifer Garner (@jennifer.garner) on

Just yesterday, Garner took to her Instagram account to celebrate the 15th anniversary of her hit film 13 Going on 30, which has became one of the actress’s most popular pieces of work and was even referenced in Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” music video.

View this post on Instagram

Fifteen years ago today #13GoingOn30 made her debut, directed with ❤️ by our beloved Gary Winick ???? and a clutch of loving, hardcore producers (3 brilliant women—before it was cool to be led by women!) . The movie benefitted from the performances of so many young actresses. Open and twinkly-magical then— now, 15 years later, they are ruling the world. (Hi #SixChicks—@brielarson, @ashleybenson, @christabrittany—who also played a young me in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past—and my own sweet @revjuliaroth). . I loved my day with this slumber party crew: they danced with abandon and reminded me of the power of just saying yes—to being in a group, to vulnerability, to wearing a bra over your clothes. At the last minute I tossed my adopted LA family member Maddy Sprung-Keyser into the scene. @maddsk went on to be an Academic All American swimmer at Amherst, got her law degree from NYU, and is producing podcasts for @pineapple.fm. Looking back into her adolescence—with the hair and the men not wanting to jump her bones—is extra special today. Imagine if every 13 year old girl had an opportunity to dance and feel beautiful like the girls in this film. I am proud of all of you. ❤️ . I feel so, so lucky to have had the experience of making this joyful movie. And even luckier to be part of something that, all of these years later, can still make people (hi, @arianagrande ????) smile. ????

A post shared by Jennifer Garner (@jennifer.garner) on

As for the next step in her career, Garner says she is focusing on her company Once Upon a Farm, which produces cold-pressed organic baby food. She also explains that she plans to continue serving as an ambassador to Save the Children, all while juggling the film projects she is currently working on.

Fans can see more of Jennifer Garner by following her on Instagram.