Jennifer Garner Pays Tribute To ’13 Going On 30′ On Movie’s 15th Anniversary

Jennifer Garner is looking back fondly on her rom-com “13 Going On 30”.

Released on April 23, 2004, the movie sees Garner as a 13-year-old girl named Jenna who makes a birthday wish and wakes up as a 30-year-old woman. In the years since its release, it’s won over countless fans, including Ariana Grande, who referenced the movie in her music video, “Thank U, Next”.

Taking to Instagram, Garner, 47, looked back at the film, sharing a selection of videos and stills from the production.

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“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!),” she writes, paying tribute to the young actresses who played her 13-year-old character’s on-screen BFFs, including Brie Larson and “Pretty Little Liars”‘ Ashley Benson.

“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,” her post reads.

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The actress recalls filming with the young cast on set: “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,” she writes, continuing, “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,” she concludes.

ET Canada also paid tribute to the movie’s 15th anniversary on Instagram.

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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. 😁

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