Jennifer Garner is a lucky woman -- not only did she get to work with her teenage crush in "Draft Day," she plays his love interest as well.
The actress, who turned 42 on April 17, told OTRC.com that when she was younger, she fell "so hard" for Kevin Costner, now the main star of the new football-themed movie, which she calls a romantic "chick flick." The 59-year-old actor portrays Sonny Weaver Jr., the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, and she plays their lawyer, Ali. The film focuses on Weaver's struggle to rebuild the NFL team and also stars Denis Leary as a coach and Tom Welling of "Smallville" fame as one of the players.
Check out the full interview with Jennifer Garner, above (she also talks about working with the charity Save The Children), as well as a clip from "Draft Day." Below, check out 3 highlights from our interview. "Draft Day" hit theaters on Friday, April 11.
1. Jennifer Garner's past crush on Kevin Costner ...
"You know, I remember when I was younger, watching 'Bull Durham' and just falling so hard for Kevin Costner," she told OTRC.com. "Well, he's still Kevin Costner he still knows exactly what do. And I didn't care a thing about baseball but I sure loved watching him. And he quarterbacks this movie -- he marches us down the field."
Garner was about 16 when the 1988 R-rated film "Bull Durham" was released. In the movie, Costner plays a baseball star who is caught in a love triangle with a groupie, played by Susan Sarandon, and another player, played by Tim Robbins, who later married the actress. They divorced in 2009.
2. "Draft Day" is a "chick flick" ...
Garner said non-football fans "need to come see the movie, because what this really is, if you ask me, is a chick flick that is wrapped up in football, to get your guy in there."
"But really, at the end of it, it's a romance," Garner said. "There's an incredibly beautiful, romantic story in the middle of it."
3. On her line, "I'm a Cleveland girl and I am football" ...
"We loved shooting in Cleveland," she told OTRC.com. "We really fell for the Dawg Pound there, as the football fans call themselves, and you see that passion."
"This girl that I play, Ali, her job is born of her passion for the Cleveland Browns," the actress said. "She started out as an intern and works her way up through the organization -- they sent her to law school and she is now running the salary cap, which is a big, big job in the front office of the franchise ... you didn't used to see the front office populated by women and we're creeping in, bit by bit."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).