“13 Going on 30” cast reunites to celebrate the film’s anniversary and “going on boomer”

Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, and Judy Greer came together to reminisce about being “30, flirty, and thriving.”

Pop Culture & Art April 24, 2024

Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, and Judy Greer reunited virtually to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their hit film, "13 Going on 30." 

The trio shared a recorded video chat on their respective Instagram accounts on April 23 , titled "13 Going on Boomer," which included bloopers, sweet anecdotes, and their love for the fans who have kept the movie alive for two decades.

The film centers on Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner), a teenager whose birthday wish to be "30, flirty and thriving" magically comes true. Overnight, she finds herself transformed into a grown woman with her dream job, but with the sudden challenge of figuring out how to be an adult.

Greer, who played Jenna Rink's best friend Lucy Wyman, kicked off the video with a warm welcome to fans, thanking them for "watching our movie and loving it!"

The cast reminisced about the early 2000s, from flip phones to getting all your news from newspapers.  Ruffalo jokingly noted that playing Matt Flamhaff – Jenna’s close friend and love interest – might be his most recognizable role, even compared to his appearances as the Hulk in several Marvel movies.

“There’s two types of people in this world. There’s Hulk people, and there’s 13 Going on 30 people, and I get equal amounts,” Ruffalo said.

Greer also shared a fun fact: Brie Larson, now a Captain Marvel herself, had a role as “Six Chick #3” in the movie.

The celebration wouldn't be complete without a nod to the film's iconic dance scene to Michael Jackson's “Thriller.” 

The video ended with the cast attempting to virtually recreate their moves, about which Greer jokingly added, "You guys are gonna make me throw up."

This reunion comes just a few months after Garner's speech at Ruffalo's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, where she teased him about almost dropping out of their film because of the "Thriller" dance sequence.

Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner at Ruffalo's Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony (Courtesy: Entertainment Weekly) 

In her speech, Garner joked, “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.’”


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