"He said I was a prude, which was a badge I've worn proudly ever since," Garner said, laughing.
Whether a person's first kiss is perfect or a mess, it's a moment in their life they will never forget. According to CNN, actress Garner was 18 years old when she experienced her first kiss - and she got dumped the next day!
"It was a guy named Matt Crittenden," she laughed. "He tried to go further than a kiss, and I swatted it away. He broke up with me the next day because he said I was a prude, which was a badge I've worn proudly ever since," Garner said, laughing. "I was 18!"
Garner shared this story while being honored with the prestigious Hasty Pudding Award—an award bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Society at Harvard University.
She had a great time spending the day with the students. "I guarantee my day was better and more fun than yours. I am a devoted member of the Hasty Pudding Club from now on, and I will be a nerd in the audience next year, I promise," she said. "This has been the most fun day ever."
The Yes Day actor also spoke about her current life, including a thrilling upcoming milestone, adds PEOPLE.
"I am turning 50 in over 2 months," she said after the roast. "I'm so excited. Just this morning, I was starting to make some plans and get a little serious. I'm a last-minute planner."
She was then asked about her most rewarding moment both as a parent and as an actor, but Garner said the two don't often cross over. "I can't say my kids really enter my work world very much," said Garner, who shares daughters Violet, 16, and Seraphina, 13, and son Samuel, 9, with ex Ben Affleck.
"They're very much kids who go to school, and it didn't even occur to me to bring my 16-year-old today because she had school and a debate tournament," the actress added. "Now, I so badly wish she was here! I'm kind of a geek of a mom in that way."
But, before Garner arrived at the event, she approached fellow Hasty Pudding honoree, Kerry Washington, Harvard's 2016 female honoree, for some advice. "I did talk to Kerry Washington the other day, and I decided to tell her to not tell me anything. I said, 'I'm going to go in blind,' and I'm so glad I did. That could have dampened my overall joy and enthusiasm for the day," she shared.
Jennifer Garner is the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year & let’s just say she’s stepping into her new role quite nicely already!— Lisa Gresci (@Lisa_Gresci) February 5, 2022
Here she is introducing herself to our @7News photographer 🤣 pic.twitter.com/WLiFeVDuam
Overall, it was a fun day, and "She was super nice, and made sure to stop and say goodbye to staff on the way out," Harvest general manager, Mike Bainton shared.
Following the parade, Garner joined the Harvard production team for dinner at Bar Enza in the Charles Hotel.
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