Jennifer Garner Says She Knows the ‘Heart and Stomach’ of 'Alias' Co-Star Bradley Cooper

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Jennifer Garner couldn’t be prouder of her former Alias co-star, Bradley Cooper

The 46-year-old actress, who played opposite Cooper in the spy drama, honored the 43-year-old A Star Is Born actor and director at the American Cinematheque Awards on Thursday night at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. This came just days after she paid tribute to her other Alias co-star, Michael Vartan, on his 50th birthday.

Garner spoke about her longtime friend, co-star, and one of the evening’s honorees very fondly. Noting she was one of the first people who met Cooper when he touched down in Hollywood, she mused, "I took him home and made him dinner… I’m still making him dinner.”

Garner went on to gush about the first-time director, saying, "There is something about people who are the same in success and failure that makes us love them. Tells us, we know the very heart of them. I know the heart and stomach of Bradley Cooper.”

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Jennifer Garner pays tribute to #BradleyCooper as he receives the 32nd American Cinematheque Award in a ceremony honoring him at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 29 #AmericanCinematheque2018 🏆 . . #JenniferGarner, the first actor to speak about Cooper, said she was the first person Cooper met when he came to Hollywood, and proceeded to compare him to a stray dog. “I took him home and made him dinner…I’m still making him dinner." she joked. . "Those of us who knew him then celebrated his victories big and small," she told the crowd. "There is something about people who are the same in success and failure that makes us love them and tells us we know the very heart of them. I know the heart and stomach of Bradley Cooper." . "Bradley, what’s happening to you now is a pure joy to those who know you, especially to those of us who’ve known you from the start,” she said to her friend. "It turns out you weren’t just handsome all along. You were also a wonder, and you are welcome at my table anytime.” . She added, “St. Augustine said, Nothing bad can happen to a man who is loved by his mother, and Gloria loves Bradley.” . . Cr 📹: Ashley Lee . #Alias #Limitless #thewords #americansniper #AStarIsBorn #burnt #hangover #SilverLiningsPlaybook #americanhustle #guardiansofthegalaxy #JacksonMaine #serena #valentinesday #allaboutsteve #failuretolaunch #weddingcrashers #theplacebeyondthepines #sexiestmanalive #AmCinAward2018

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Clad in a black turtleneck sweater and flared-out black tulle skirt, Garner could not hide her affection for Cooper. 

"Bradley, what’s happening to you now is a pure joy to those who know you, especially to those of us who’ve known you from the start,” she said to her friend. "It turns out you weren’t just handsome all along. You were also a wonder, and you are welcome at my table anytime.” 

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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Garner appearing in the 'Alias' episode 'Parity' in 2001.

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ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with Cooper at the event where he was thrilled to be honored. 

“Tonight is a really interesting one, just in that the thought of it makes me want to crawl into a hole,” he said, laughing. “But when I just sit back, I really just want to enjoy it and embrace it. So many of my friends are here.” 

For more from Cooper, watch the clip below: 

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