Jen Garner Gives First Interview Since Having Baby Violet
January 30, 2006

"Alias" star Jennifer Garner hit up the Sunset Strip this weekend, but it wasn't to go bar hopping or clubbing -- the new mommy was in Los Angeles to host an event for the I Have A Dream Foundation at The House of Blues.

"Extra's" Carlos Diaz caught up with the butt-kicking new mom as she made her first public appearance since giving birth two months ago to baby Violet. So did Garner find it hard to leave her bundle of joy at home with hubby Ben Affleck? "I'm checking my watch, yes," she confessed. "But I'm okay… I'm happy to be here!"

Jen and Ben have been laying low at their Georgia home in recent months, taking quiet strolls with the new daughter. But Jen's return to the spotlight was for good reason; the I Have A Dream Foundation, which benefits low-income children, was also honoring legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson.

"I've had similar experiences that a lot of these kids had," Jackson said.

So is this event even closer to Jen's heart now that she's raising a little one of her own? "It's always been special to me," Garner said. "And now that 'Alias' is going away, I hope to get more involved with kids directly."

And no doubt this do-gooder will do just that! But first, Jen begins work again on "Alias" this Wednesday, gearing up for the mother of all series finales due this spring.

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