At the Family Switch premiere, Jennifer Garner shows off her early holiday spirit by wearing a red dress


On Thursday, Netflix’s latest holiday comedy will be accessible for streaming.

The holiday season is off to a joyous start for Jennifer Garner.

The 51-year-old actress was photographed on Wednesday at the Netflix Family Switch premiere in Los Angeles, sporting a red minidress with no sleeves. The dress was asymmetrical, with a high neckline and layered lower body.

Garner accessorized the ensemble with big hanging earrings and black open-toe shoes.

The 13 Going on 30 star will both produce and play the part of Jess Walker in the Christmas comedy, which is scheduled to premiere on the platform on Thursday.

The rest of the family, including Jess’s husband Bill (Ed Helms), become entangled in an unearthly body exchange.

In an earlier interview with PEOPLE, director Joseph McGinty Nichol, also known as McG, discussed what sets the movie apart from past body-swap comedy.

It’s a hook and a route into a film about empathy and putting one another’s shoes on, but it also adds a twist. However, I believe that the six-way switch alone distinguishes us as it’s just more enjoyable,” he remarked.

McG revealed to PEOPLE that there is an important lesson for all viewers in the holiday film.

“I think you are able to listen while refusing to take anything personally, but in order to comprehend, you need to think about and review what you heard. Maybe you may hope to be understood once you know where the person you’re speaking to—whether it’s your mother, your child, your dog, or your infant—is coming from,” McG remarked. “It’ll all seem slightly easier in the end.”

Regarding the possibility of participating in a real-life body swap, Garner has said before to PEOPLE that she has no desire to go back in time.

“I believe that my children put in a lot of work and face a lot of strain that I could never have fathomed as a teenager. Thank you very much, I’ll stay right here in my old lady body,” Garner remarked.

She revealed PEOPLE that she was willing to “switch places with Ed’s kids” in response to the question of whether she would ever swap places with her children, who she has with her ex-husband Ben Affleck: Violet, 17, Seraphina, 14, and Samuel, 11.

“I want to be the small child running about in a diaper with that wild expression in her eyes. She chuckled, “Get out the glitter and paint and go ham on the house.”


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