Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan's first official outing as a couple was
marred on Tuesday night (26AUG03), when the French actor suffered a mild bout
of food poisoning.
ALIAS co-stars Garner, 31, and Vartan, 34, attended a Los Angeles event
which previewed the new video game based on the hit series and promoted the
upcoming release of the show's complete first season on DVD.
But from the moment Vartan took his place at a new conference alongside
Garner, producer Jj Abrams and several other castmembers, including VICTOR
GARBER and Ron Rifkin, his colleagues noticed he wasn't on top form.
He then began "pouring sweat", according to his co-star MERRIN DUNGEY,
before he promptly excused himself and dashed off.
Garber, who plays Garner's dad in Alias, drove Vartan home before the
He says, "Michael told me he started feeling sick right after he walked
on, and thought, 'Oh no, it'll go away,' but if he stayed one more minute it
would have been all over. But he'll be fine. Just a bad piece of fish."
Garner and Vartan officially announced their romance earlier this month
(AUG03), four months after the actress split from her husband Scott Foley in