March 03, 2003 12:00 PM

Bumps, bruises and scrapes are all in a day’s work for Jennifer Garner. “Alias opened the physical side of acting for me,” says the former ballerina, who won a 2002 Golden Globe for her role as butt-kicking CIA agent Sydney Bristow on the ABC spy show. “It was my boot camp for Daredevil.”

Not that she needed a drill sergeant to get motivated. Garner, 30, proudly ticks off her wounds from doing “99 percent” of her onscreen stunts alongside Ben Affleck, who stars as the blind comic-book hero. “He fought with a stick and bashed my knuckles wide open,” she says. “My arms would be welts of black and blue.” Of course, I Garner got to inflict her own brand of pain as Daredevil’s lover and nemesis, Elektra. “I took a divot of skin out of Ben’s nose. I was doing this move called the praying mantis,” she recalls. Another time, “I kicked him in the head.”

It’s enough to frighten off most men—but not her husband, Scott Foley, 30, the star of the new NBC sitcom A.U.S.A. Wed since 2000, they enjoy dining on her home cooking and walking their dogs near their house in L.A. Despite her aliases, Garner says, there’s no question who would save them if she and Foley were ever threatened on a dark street. “I’d run and hide, and Scott would take care of it,” she says. “I’m a total scaredy cat.” Alexis Chiu


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