Jennifer Garner went to surprise an audience watching her latest movie — but she chickened out and ended up eavesdropping on them instead

TheEllenShow/YouTubeJennifer Garner starred in the action movie ‘Peppermint.’

Jennifer Garner went to a movie theatre and eavesdropped to hear fan reactions – and now she’s explaining what exactly happened.

During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday, the “Peppermint” star recalled going to a cinema in September to receive feedback from moviegoers. In the video shared by Garner at the time, she expressed feeling nervous about surprising fans and ultimately decided to hide behind a curtain and listen to comments as people left the theatre.

“Somebody at the studio said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if on opening weekend, you went to a theatre to surprise the audience at the end?'” Garner told DeGeneres.

The actress went on to say that she “wasn’t really thinking” and showed up to the theatre in sweats after putting her children to bed.

“I went and as I got there, I realised, I don’t really have a plan for this,” she added. “I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I can’t actually face an audience.”

Garner said that as she approached the theatre, fans were exiting, so she quickly “hid in the corner like a grown-up.”

“I could hear these people talking about me as they walked by,” the 46-year-old said. Garner added that she wanted somebody to be there to warn people to be kind about their remarks, since she’s “fragile.” But according to the actress, the feedback she overheard was positive.

Watch the video below (Garner talks about going to the theatre at 1:26).


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