Michael Vartan shuts down the idea of getting back together with Jennifer Garner


NBC Universal Summer Press Day 2017

Michael Vartan has lived a quiet life for years now. He flirted with fame and celebrity stardom briefly more than a decade ago, when he was on the hit show Alias and dating his then-costar Jennifer Garner. While Garner has played up her churchy, baking-with-children image for years, I also remember how quickly she moved from her first husband, Scott Foley, to her costar Michael Vartan, and then to Ben Affleck. Some would argue “hey, Ben was the love of her life and all’s fair in love and war,” but I remember thinking, during that time, that her romantic life was a lot shadier than her already-wholesome image. I always thought that Vartan was sort of broken up about the way Garner basically dumped him for someone more famous. Well, Quiet Vartan talked recently about how he’s pretty much done with romantic entanglements and now he’s just about his dog.

Michael Vartan apparently prefers animal contact to human. Although the “Arrangement” star, 49, has had his fair share of relationships, including a romance with former “Alias” co-star Jennifer Garner, Vartan told E! News that his dog, a chocolate labrador named Millie, holds his heart.

“I am single,” he said. “Single for life, unless she has four legs. That’s a whole different story.” He added, “She’s the love of my life. I adore her.”

As for his relationship with Garner, Vartan said fans shouldn’t hope for a reunion — even though the actress been back on the market since her 2015 split from Ben Affleck.

“I don’t think so. If it didn’t work once, there’s a reason it didn’t work,” he said.

Vartan isn’t too worried about his single relationship status, though.

“Everyone’s getting single,” Vartan said. “It’s crazy. Everyone’s realizing that is so much easier to be single. I love relationships. When they work, when they’re great, they’re great, and when they’re not, they’re not.”

[From Page Six]

I agree – being single is where it’s at. Honestly, my cat takes up too much of time and he’s already pretty possessive of me. I would imagine Millie feels the same way about Michael: she’s looking at him constantly like “why would you need a girlfriend when you have ME?” As for Vartan shrugging off the idea that he would get back with Jen Garner… well, yeah. She broke his heart. He was torn up about that for years. He doesn’t want to punish himself any further.

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  1. AbbyRose says:

    Ancient history. He’s been married and divorced since he and Jennifer broke up. I don’t think his anti-relationship view had anything to do with her. Dogs will never ask for alimony.

    Also, Jen has admitted that this was not a great time in her life and apologized for causing drama on the Alias set due to her love life.

  2. Esmom says:

    I loved him and them on the show together. In real life they seemed too messy to ever work for the long haul. Crazy that the tabloids are trying to dredge that pairing up, it’s really ancient history.

    Love the old photos. The pink dress looks great on her. Funny how men’s suits used to be so much baggier back in that era.

    • barrett says:

      I’m 42, question is it in for men to wear skin tight jeans? Slim or fitted I’m ok w but the skin tight is like they borrowed from our closets? I’m old keep me in the know.

      • Esmom says:

        I’m not the person to ask, lol. I also prefer slim or fitted jeans and not skin tight.

      • Beer&Crumpets says:

        I think if you wear the skin tight jeans you also have to have an unkempt beard, preferably paired with an overly-groomed handle-bar-type mustache. Once you get the jeans and the facial hair, I think you get a will beanie in the mail and you have to wear it at all times, including the Summer even if you live in a region where it’s extremely hot and humid. I think something bad happens if you don’t, maybe you go to jail, I’m not sure.

        And you can only drink IPAs, especially Blue Moon, and you cant like anything that anyone else likes or has heard of. So, I mean, it’s not just pants we’re talking about. More like a philosophy, or… a cult.

  3. Lizzie says:

    he and his dog millie are part of the sweet book “a letter to my dog’. i bought it for my mom (a mega dog person) after sobbing uncontrollably in a barnes and noble leafing through it. highly recommended for a dog lover!

  4. lisa says:

    LOL. Doubt Garner’s going to get any serious interest from a normal man while she’s still living with her drunken, cheating “ex.” Both Vartan and Foley know that they dodged a bullet.

  5. Embee says:

    He seems settled. Good for him. She looks lovely in that lilac gown and holy smokes she has a whiff of Jolie in her face there! Compare to the grinning picture it’s like two different people!

  6. SlightlyAnonny says:

    He is the reason that I have never bought into the Jen of the Sainted Mini-Van image. She literally jumped from her okay looking husband (Scott Foley glowed up in later years), to the hot Frenchman, to the supastar. I’m not judging her for it (I’d have defintely leaped off of early Foley onto Vartan. Repeatedly and with enthusiasm) but she got no flack while people like JLo or Angelina were and would have been ripped to shreds for it.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I think she always had a crush on Ben, unfortunately for Vartan.
    I’ve always thought he was so hot (and very good on Alias) and wondered why he never had a bigger career. Now I kind of want to rewatch Alias…
    He seems content. Not everyone needs a partner all the time.

  8. Amelie says:

    Jennifer did move on very fast from Michael Vartan to Ben Affleck. She was single for a nanosecond and then only weeks later when she was filming Elektra, Ben was on set to film a cameo (that I think never made it into the movie but I never saw the movie and never will) and that’s when the two hooked up. I was obsessed with Alias back in the day so I followed news of the actors very closely.

    I don’t know what Michael is up to these days… oh wait doesn’t he have a role on that ridiculous show E! show The Arrangement? Hahaha I forgot about that! I saw a few episodes of the first season last year, he plays this David Miscavige like figure of this cult organization called “The Institute” it was so hilariously cliche. Anyways he’s been married and divorced (to a non famous person) in the last 10 years but good to see his dog Millie is still around! I remember when she was tiny and just a puppy. Always will have a soft spot for him.

    • jetlagged says:

      I confess that show is my shameful, guilty pleasure. Even so, I usually fast forward through a lot of it. And if I’m honest, Vartan is probably 100% why I watched in the first place, and 90% why I continue to watch – with the actress playing his wife taking a small percentage of my interest. On the other hand, I feel sorry for the actor playing the “Tom Cruise” character. He’s supposed to be a superstar that is idolized by millions, and I suppose he’s good looking in a conventional sort of way, and an okay actor, but when when he is in scenes with MV, there is just something missing. He has all the charisma of a tub of margarine.

  9. JA says:

    I’ll always have a soft spot for him! I think one should embrace being single as no one was more shocked than me when I got married. That said I hope he finds someone who is worthy of him and his lab. You can be single and not lonely but you can also find some contentment with company

  10. Lucy says:

    Dang, at 49 he’s as sexy as I remembered him to be. I like what he’s saying here! To this day, there’s still a bit of a stigma over singlehood as a choice. You know who I think he had great chemistry with, though? JLo!!! I’m sure they’d be hot together…

  11. perplexed says:

    Ben Affleck was the bigger star, but this guy was the hottest.

  12. Tanesha86 says:

    He’s still hot and I so would if I were single. In any case if he’s happy being single that’s awesome and I don’t see a problem

  13. minx says:

    He’s always been gorgeous. If he’s happy, good for him.

  14. LittlefishMom says:

    She is soooooo annoying. She was a straight cheating trollop and now she’s morphed into Betty Ford and Betty Crocker. He’s right. Four legged all the way. If he’s happy, cheers!

  15. Kristen says:

    Yo. Michael.

    I also love dogs and appreciate my alone time. I think we might be perfect for each other, if you’re reading.

  16. Carolnr says:

    He’s right…if it didn’t work out before, why would it work out now?
    I think he really got burned in his divorce but I think he was quoted as saying something like he & Jen were better as friends. So I think they are still friends.
    Funny how gossip sites had Jen running to Michael Vartan to console her!

  17. JustJen says:

    They should put this on t-shirts “if it didn’t work once, there’s a reason it didn’t work”. Absolutely brilliant quote. Can someone text it to Selena and Justin? Like those people who get divorced in their 50′s and suddenly start looking up old boyfriends from high school. Gag.

  18. Spring says:

    I don’t read even the smallest trace of bitterness in his words. He just sounds happy where he is.

    Leading his interviewer from a complex subject he may not wish to discuss — relationships in general and the Jennifer Garner history in particular — to the warm, fuzzy subject of his love for his dog was a skillful diverion. And having the wisdom to recognize that “if it didn’t work once, there’s a reason it didn’t work” is even more skillful.

    Good for Michael Vartan for courteously refusing to indulge romantic fantasies and intrusive questions.

  19. Jayna says:

    He said he and Jen were better as friends, and he also said that he would love to be in one of Ben’s movies he directs. He said that way back when. He certainly has no issues with her now. As far as his marriage, no one knows what happened. Maybe he was the problem. He’s 49 and was only married three years. Maybe the guy is a loner.

  20. No Doubtful says:

    He has not aged well. At least he’s honest about who he is and what he wants. I’m pretty much in the same boat – I’d rather be single!

  21. InVain says:

    I just came here to say that seeing him after so long made me giddy. He’s some serious hotness. Always liked him. And we share a birthday so he gets bonus points in my book. Jen did him dirty and it’s old news. I’ve tried for years to like her but there’s something definitely off… putting on all the time.

  22. anna says:

    I cant believe they seriously asked him that. Jeez people are crazy,

  23. Darla says:

    Don’t we all die alone, really?

  24. Bella says:

    Not everyone has a void to fill, honey.

  25. Milla says:

    He made a choice to be single now. It’s better than settling. It’s better than being with just anyone.

    This is like with women and kids. It is ok not to want to have them. Now or ever. It’s ok to be single. For now or for good. Do what makes you happy as long as you aren’t harming others.

  26. Cranberry says:

    Just because he’s single doesn’t mean he’s bitter. Relationships don’t necessarily work for everyone. They take a lot of work, the good ones and the bad ones. I’ve been single for a long time now and not interested in any relationship, and it’s not because I’m bitter over any of my exes. I’ve been in enough relationships to know what I’m missing. I also know I have some issues to work on with myself and being in relationships would distract and complicate things for me. In other words I’m not ready. I need my life to be simple right now. So for me, I’d have to meet some one exceptional to be interested, but I’m not out looking. And I do have a dog and cats and family-ships, so I’m pretty full as it is.

  27. Garner & the Phoenix says:

    …..not on the “Bitter Bus”…..just surviving with the ease of un-complicated Tinder

  28. perplexed says:

    Yeah, in the end, someone goes first and you’re alone anyway (except for maybe those rare couples who have been together for 60 years and somehow wind up in a car accident that leaves them both in the hospital dying within hours of each other).

  29. Darla says:

    Exactly perplexed! Getting married is NO guard against being alone in your final days. you aren’t going to both die on the same day, and likely not even in the same year. (though the latter does happen). Even having children isn’t a guard against it. I don’t worry about it, I live for the present. I’m alive and well now, and I appreciate that.

  30. Christin says:

    My parents passed within months of each other. They’d known each other since their teens and were married 51 years. As close as they were, the emotional pain and loneliness my mother experienced those few months is something I will never forget.

    My lesson from staying with her, and trying to somehow fill an enormous void, was that we truly do walk that final path alone.

  31. Darla says:

    oh i’m so sorry Christin. what a bittersweet story. I am sorry for your loss.

  32. Luca76 says:

    Can we give some sensitivity to greif? If someone you loved and built a life with over decades dies unless you’re a sociopath there will be a *%^ing void. Has nothing to do with with feminism or self esteem.

  33. i, pet goat 2 says:

    who died, though? Where’s that coming from? Not at all what we are responding to, @Luca76.

  34. Nic919 says:

    Bella was responding to the suggestion that all single people are bitter, not to the couples who were married for decades and then died within months of each other.

  35. Luca76 says:

    Scratch that time stamps are your friends my apologies hitting a sore spot as I’m dealing with several losses right now.

  36. i, pet goat 2 says:

    I am sorry for your losses, Luca76. Wishing you strength and hoping that time lessens the pain for you.

  37. minx says:

    Luca76, take care of yourself.

  38. ol cranky says:

    just me & the dogs and I’m so much happier single than I was in any relationship or feeling that I “had” to be in a relationship.

    the only thing I regret about being single is that there isn’t someone else home to help out with the dogs when I’m out of the house for a long day and my new car has a garage door opener and it would be nice to have someone conveniently around to push one of the buttons (either in the car or on the garage unit) while I’m setting it up on the other side