Jennifer Garner was left red-faced the first time she met George Clooney as she was fighting a case of head lice.

Wenn quote the star as saying, "They [hair lice experts] come over and they comb painstakingly through your hair... and then they comb this oil through... and you smell like a mixture of sulphur and rosemary and you do it every day for, like, a month...

"So the time our family had this problem, it was a day where I had combed through, I was keeping the kids happy... and Ben [Affleck] said, 'Hey, there's a part I want to go to, let's go' and I said 'I can't, I need to shower... I'm nasty...' So I get in the car and I go with him because he acted like I was going to be high maintenance – I don't ever want to be called high maintenance... I am not a high maintenance chick.

"So I get I the car and I'm like, 'What's the big deal, no one's going to notice...' We show up and the first person I see is George Clooney and I've never met George Clooney... and I walk up to him... and I'm chatting with him and I can see that he smells me, but he's trying to be polite."

She joked that this is the reason she wasn't at Clooney's wedding, "People keep asking why we weren't at George's wedding... I think he didn't want Licey there."