Garner Files for Divorce

Six weeks after announcing separation, Garner seeks to dissolve marriage due to irreconciable differences

By Marcus Errico May 13, 2003 1:15 AMTags

Those pesky irreconcilable differences have struck again in Hollywood.

This time the victims are once hot couple Jennifer Garner and Scott Foley.

Garner dispatched her lawyers to the courthouse Monday to file for divorce from her hubby of two-plus years.

Six weeks ago, the couple announced their separation in a press release, saying it was a mutual decision but providing no reason. Today's court papers did little more to explain the split, citing simply irreconcilable differences in the standard-issue petition. They have no children.

Garner, 31, and Foley, 30, have been on opposite career trajectories since their October 2000 nuptials.

After years bouncing around Tinseltown's minor leagues (a stint on the failed Party of Five spinoff, Time of Your Life, and big-screen bombs like Mr. Magoo), she landed her star-making turn as butt-whomping super-spy Sydney Bristow on ABC's Alias. Between magazine covers and roles in little movies like Catch Me If You Can and Daredevil, she has made a charge at Hollywood's A-list.

When they first hooked up--shooting a first-season episode of Felicity in 1998--Foley was the one who seemed destined for that perch. He was already a certified Tiger Beat pinup thanks to the WB show. But Felicity was all buzzed out by last year, and Foley was relegated to family second fiddle. (From the sad coincidence department: His Felicity follow-up, NBC's woeful comedy A.U.S.A., was officially deep-sixed by the network on Monday, the same day the former missus filed for the big D.)

In recent months, Garner had alluded to the difficulty juggling budding superstardom and home life. The there's-trouble-brewing whispering started in earnest in March, when Garner showed up for her presenting stint at the Academy Awards sans Foley. At a subsequent Los Angeles fundraiser for women's cancer research, Foley attended minus Garner.

She has since been spotted on the party circuit with her Alias costar Michael Vartan, but reps insist they're just good friends.

Garner has plenty to keep her mind off the break-up. She's wrapping production on Revolution Studios' 13 Going on 30 and just signed on to star in the indie ensemble comedy Happy Endings, which she'll shoot during her Alias hiatus this summer. She also plans to slip into the spandex for a Daredevil spinoff based on her karate-chopping character Elektra, but no production date has been set.

Foley's not nearly as in-demand as his ex, especially now with A.U.S.A. shuttered. But he will appear in a Wes Craven-Kevin Williamson werewolf flick called, yes, Cursed.