Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner Had a Reunion 13 Times 30 Times

Fans eager for a sequel to 13 Going on 30 got a treat ahead of Valentine’s Day this week with the sweet reunion of the film’s stars, Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo.

Jennifer made a surprise appearance on Thursday in Mark’s honor as he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, after a touching speech, left her former on-screen beau misty-eyed.

The Alias ​​actor began his remarks by saying that he was a last-minute replacement for Mark’s We Don’t Live Here Anymore co-star, Laura Dern, who recently tested positive for Covid-19.

However, being asked to replace Laura made Jennifer a little confused.

“Why wasn’t I asked to do this in the first place? “I’m starting the Mark Ruffalo era of romantic comedies,” he joked.

The success of 13 Going on 30 led to Mark being cast in a series of romantic comedies, including Just Like Heaven and Rumor Has It.

However, Garner questioned whether Mark’s co-stars in the films – including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon – “enjoyed Mark’s angst as much as I did”.

Ruffalo appeared misty-eyed during Garner's sweet but cheeky speech.Ruffalo appeared misty-eyed during Garner’s sweet but cheeky speech.

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“I wonder if he tried to walk out of their film like he did on ours after the first rehearsal of the Thriller dance,” he quipped, “where Mark got a little shocked that we actually had to do this to the point of being nervous. lethally stop and say ‘Bro, this isn’t for me’.”

All jokes aside, Jennifer later praised Mark’s acting, particularly his performance in Poor Things, which earned him an Oscar nomination.

To the delight of fans and photographers, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner recreated the iconic Thriller dance from 13 Going On 30.To the delight of fans and photographers, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner recreated the iconic Thriller dance from 13 Going On 30.

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“You allow yourself to be fully known by your colleagues, by the audience, by the world,” he said.

“Your work on Poor Things deserves all the credit, all of it. But true success lies in how happy and excited your coworkers are to have the opportunity to encourage and celebrate you. Every time your name is called, Hollywood takes a deep breath and says: ‘Okay, the good and right thing happened.’”

After star Mark was introduced, he and Garner playfully recreated some of their signature Thriller moves for photographers and the audience.

The pair at the 2004 premiere of 13 Going On 30 in Los Angeles.The pair at the 2004 premiere of 13 Going On 30 in Los Angeles.

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Mark previously recalled his initial concerns about 13 Going On 30 in 2022, when he and Jennifer team up again for Netflix’s The Adam Project.

“He had to drag me onto the dance floor. It took me six hours to learn what he learned in about six minutes,” he said in an appearance on the ReelBlend podcast.

“He’s really good at dancing, and I’m really bad at it. I almost walked out of the film because of that!”

Luckily, Jennifer and director Gary Winick were able to convince Mark to stay. Released in 2004, 13 Going On 30 was a critical and commercial hit, reportedly grossing $96 million at the worldwide box office.

Watch Jennifer Garner’s speech honoring Mark Ruffalo below. His remarks begin around the 27:22 mark:

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