"I went down hard!" Contactmusic quoted her as saying. The actress, who was wearing a little black dress during the interview, said she had to put on a brave face in front of her three-year-old daughter Violet, though she privately shed a few tears over the accident.
"Isn't it just a nightmare? Violet said, 'Mama, did you cry?' and I said, 'I did cry a little bit, it really hurt', and she said, 'I want to see you cry again'," she added.
Letterman then produced some healing cream from his desk and applied it to Garner's cuts, before the actress swiped the antiseptic and put it down the top of her dress - to use again later.