She plays a young mother out for revenge in the new action film, Peppermint.
And Jennifer Garner is opening up about training for the thrilling new film, revealing she learned MMA fighting skills and how to use guns and knives.
The 46-year-old actress told People: ‘I’ve been training for a while on this. I did MMA skills, gun skills, knife skills.
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Kick-ass actress: Jennifer Garner reveals she learned MMA as well as gun and knife skills for her role in action movie Peppermint. Here she’s seen at the LA premiere on Tuesday
‘It was the connection to the physical that made me kind of understand her fight.’
The 13 Going On 30 actress was fired up about the role from the get go she told People magazine in an interview posted on Thursday.
‘I was excited right from the jump – the first time I read the script for Peppermint because it’s an original story and there’s a strong woman at the middle,’ she said.
The film sees Jennifer play Riley, a mother out for revenge against the kills of her husband and daughter.
Taking aim: The 46-year-old actress said she trained hard for her role as a mom set to take revenge on the killers of her famiily: ‘ I did MMA skills, gun skills, knife skills,’ she dished
‘The fact that she just says I’m a mom, I’m taking care of this and I’m going to do what I need to do. That, I’m inspired by.’
Jennifer is a mom of three children – Violet, 12, Seraphina, nine, and Samuel, six – whom she shares with her estranged husband Ben Affleck, who is presently in rehab for alcohol issues.
Peppermint is a real departure for the actress best known for playing more sympathetic roles such as Eve in Dallas Buyers Club or Emily in Love, Simon.
‘I’ve never gotten the chance to play that kind of visceral need to defend, or protect or take care of someone in your family,’ Jennifer said.
Peppermint is in theaters on September 7.
Hanging out at the Los Angeles premiere:Jennifer with the movie’s producers, from left, Richard Wright, Eric Reid and Gary Lucchesi