Jennifer Garner and Ariana Grande Just Gushed About the '13 Going on 30' Tribute in the "Thank U, Next" Video

Jennifer Garner loved Ariana Grande's Gush'13 Going on 30' tribute in the "Thank U, Next" video. The actress and singer gushed about their love for the movie and each other on Instagram.

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Did watching the video for Ariana Grande's (opens in new tab) latest song, "Thank U, Next" (opens in new tab) make you want to settle in on your couch for a teen movie marathon? If so, you're definitely not alone. The epic video featured send ups to classic teen comedies and rom-coms like Mean GirlsBring It On and Legally Blonde. (opens in new tab)

But the homage that owned the video (opens in new tab)? That would be the one to 30 Going On 30. The 2004 rom-com, about a 13-year-old girl whose birthday wish to fast forward to 30 comes true (but she's 13 on the inside, a la Big), is probably the least well-known of the movies referenced in Grande's "Thank U, Next" video, but the reference (to the film's emotional ending) is pitch perfect with the song's lyrics.

Jennifer Garner (opens in new tab), who starred in 13 Going On 13, alongside Mark "The Hulk" Ruffalo (opens in new tab) and Judy "Plays the Best Friend in Everything" Greer (opens in new tab), saw the "Thank U, Next" video and loved it so much she had to gush on Instagram.

“Every now and then something comes along and just brightens your day. @arianagrande you’re adorable. Thank you, pretty girl. #thankunext," Garner wrote in the caption of a screenshot from the video, of Grande (opens in new tab) dressed as 13 Going On 30's Jenna Rink.

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Grande saw the post and proceeded to freak out and gush herself about how much 13 Going On 30 means to her.

“NooooooooOoOOoOo I’m crying. I watched this movie every night before bed growing up (and I still do sometimes, especially when I’m sad)," she wrote. "I adore you! Thank you for all the inspiration and joy you’ve brought to my life I’m screaming bye and by sometimes I literally mean every night still."

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But the OG Jenna Rink didn't let the love fest end there. Garner (opens in new tab) commented on Grande's comment, volunteering her costars for a recreation of the movie's famous "Thriller" dance scene.

"OK NOW!!! WHAT?! Now I'M screaming! Why are we all screaming? But I am! I'm screaming!!!" Garner wrote in another comment. "@markruffalo and @missjudygreer and I will THRILLER with you any day of the week and twice on Sundays. We'll even ask @reesewitherspoon to bring her bend and snap."

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Garner also posted a collage of images from the video on her Instagram Story, because one post was not enough to contain her excitement.

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Garner wasn't the only 13 Going On 30 alum who loved the tribute in the "Thank U, Next" video. Ruffalo tweeted some love of his own for the vid.

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"Having some Razzles (it’s a candy AND a gum) in your honor, @ArianaGrande! #thankunext," he wrote.

Looks like we won't be the only ones watching this video on repeat this weekend.

Watch it again for yourself below:


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Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.