Jennifer Garner Recalls Mark Ruffalo’s Reluctance to Dance in “13 Going on 30“
Jennifer Garner Reveals Mark Ruffalo Almost Quit “13 Going on 30” Over ‘Thriller‘ Scene: ‘Not for Me’
Jennifer Garner revealed how a “Thriller” dance routine almost made Mark Ruffalo reconsider starring in “13 Going on 30.”
13 Going on 30: A Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo Iconic Scene
On Thursday, the “Poor Things” actor, 56, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
During the ceremony, his friend and former “The Adam Project” costar, 51, spoke at the podium in his honor and reminded those in attendance that the world was almost robbed of a pop culture moment 20 years ago.
Jennifer Garner Praises Mark Ruffalo at His Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony
While speaking at the event, she wondered if Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Keira Knightley — all of whom have also played Ruffalo’s onscreen romantic interests onscreen — agree with her that Ruffalo owes his “rom-com success to the scruffy hair, the untucked cute button down, both of which became like the norm for cute guys everywhere for the next 20 years.”
“I wonder if these esteemed ladies enjoyed Mark’s anxiety as much as I did,” Garner continued. “I wonder if he tried to drop out of their films, like he did out of ours after the first rehearsal of the ‘Thriller‘ dance where Mark went from kind of shocked that we actually had to do this, to antsy, to deathly quiet, to ‘Bro, this is not for me.'”
Mark Ruffalo’s Hilarious Reaction to the ‘Thriller‘ Scene
The pair jokingly recreated the moment on Thursday.
The ceremony was not the first time Garner revealed that Ruffalo wanted no part of the routine.
In March 2021, Garner told theSkimm that he almost drew the line at that dance scene.
“We started to learn the dance. Our first rehearsal, I think it was Mark and Judy [Greer] and me, and Judy and I were both dancers growing up and poor Mark didn’t know that. And he came in and he hated the rehearsal process so much he almost dropped out,” she said.
Mark Ruffalo Comments on the Thriller Scene Controversy
The “Avengers” actor also commented via Instagram on PEOPLE’s coverage of the conversation.
“It didn’t help that it took me 3 hours to learn what Jen mastered in about 20 minutes!” he joked at the time.
Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo’s Close Friendship
Garner, who was a last-minute fill-in speaker to replace Laura Dern and Don Cheadle Thursday, could not have been more proud to have worked with and grown close to her costar.
“To work with you, Mark, is to love you, I don’t care what anyone says,” Garner said, adding that it was “a privilege” to know him.
Mark Ruffalo Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Ruffalo is the 2,772nd person to receive a star on the famed street, according to a press release.
Additional Highlights from the Ceremony
- Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, actors Barry Keoghan and Lili Reinhart, and Avengers director Joss Whedon were among his peers who attended the event.
- Mark Ruffalo’s family, including his wife Sunrise Coigney and their children Keen and Bella Roche, was also present to celebrate his special moment.
- Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo recreated the iconic “Thriller” dance pose from “13 Going on 30,” much to the delight of fans.