'Camping' star Jennifer Garner loves the "familial feel" of being back on a TV show's set

She has returned to television after almost a decade and Jennifer Garner still finds it exciting to take one episode at a time.


                            'Camping' star Jennifer Garner loves the "familial feel" of being back on a TV show's set

Although 'Camping' star, Jennifer Garner, has stated that an 'Alias' reboot is happening and she would be "very angry" if she isn't called as a guest on the show, probably her tenure with 'Camping' will help her not to commit to any TV series like 'Alias' which ran 22 episodes in a single year. However, be it 'Camping' or the 'Alias' reboot (where it is still unsure if she will return), Garner certainly is enjoying the old familial feel she is getting on the set of a television show. 

While her return to television has been marked as "unlikable" by critics for her character Kathryn in 'Camping', Garner confessed to The Chicago Tribune that she has learned to grow in love with her character. Garner stars in 'Camping' as an excessively controlling woman who plans for a weekend camping trip for her husband, Walt's (played by David Tennant) 45th birthday, but things go horribly wrong. She faces her complete opposite- the free-spirited Jandice played by Juliette Lewis- and her friends, too, begin to ignore her instructions. However, no matter how much her character has been criticized for not being conventionally likable enough, Garner is thrilled to be back on TV. 

Garner's character, Kathryn, has been criticized by critics for being unlikable. (IMDb)
Garner's character, Kathryn, has been criticized by critics for being unlikable. (IMDb)

The actress had been working on a number of projects which include several Rom-Coms like 'Valentine's Day' and action thrillers like 'Peppermint', and the long journey on the big screen only meant a long-term break from the small-screen projects. Garner stated, "I think that I was working in another way and the momentum was just headed a different direction. But I said and have always said 'I assume at some point I look forward to going back to TV', I love the familial feel on set. I love getting a new script. I mean there is nothing more fun than in the middle of the second episode receiving the third and it's just like oh my gosh how are we going to do it, how are we going to make this work, how will I get through it?" 

More than anything, Garner loves the familial feel on the set. (IMDb)
More than anything, Garner loves the familial feel on the set. (IMDb)

Probably due to her massive diversion from small-screen, Garner was not offered any role for a TV show for a long time. "I wasn't being offered things that I was saying no to." Based on the British comedy of the same title by Julia Davis, Garner was immediately in love with the way creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner had written the script for the show. "Just flat out the writing was so much fun to say, and David can tell you that I had a really hard time saying it. I mean, being in a scene with David and saying, 'Do you want me to have a dysfunctional pelvic floor for the whole of your birthday weekend?' Like, who gets to say that every single day at work? There were things that I got to say that I felt like no one else gets to say these lines."

 

 

Other than marking Garner's return to television, 'Camping' has given the actress a free zone to balance between her kids and work. The mother-of-three who recently divorced her former husband, Ben Affleck, has been shooting for the eight episodes of the first season of 'Camping' in Southern California where she could still return to her kids after work. In fact, Garner and her kids have been pretty active campers themselves since they often pack their things and set camps in their backyard, such that it has turned out to be an annual ritual. Clearly, Garner is just the perfect fit for the show, and even though her character has been criticized for being what she is, the actress has adopted some parts of Kathryn as a part of her own.