Jen will be on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON on October 1 and on Good Morning America and LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL on October 2.
She’s tackled the roles of superhero and super-spy.
Oh, and her husband of nine years just happens to be the new Batman.
Just don’t call Jennifer Garner “Supermom.”
“No,” says the mother-of-three on whether she has cracked the code of what it takes to be that perfect mother.
Speaking at the Los Angeles press conference for her latest film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Garner also said: “But the absolute [greatest] thing about being a parent is that every day is a fresh start.”
And she means every day.
“You always can say, ‘Today we’re going to try this!’ ” Garner, 42, says. “And if it goes horribly, you can say, ‘Today we’re throwing that out, and we’re trying this!’ That’s part of what I like about being a mom in general.”
So what’s it like being a member of the Affleck household?
“Our kids need to be allowed to have a bad day,” she tells PEOPLE. “And you need to show them that it’s okay to have the whole range of emotions. You should have it all: rage and anger and sadness, so there is a lot of room for joy and happiness as well.”
And she’s happy to show off what she’s learned as a parent to Violet, 8½, Seraphina, 5½, and Samuel, 2½, when the cameras are rolling.
“I have enjoyed this new world of playing moms,” Garner says. “This little kid whose mom is a teacher at my child’s school said, ‘Mrs. Affleck is a lot like my mom … She gets to have a lot of other kids.’ ”
Jennifer attends the ‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ screening hosted by The Moms at Dolby 88 Theater on October 1 in New York City.
– Public Appearances 2014 “Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Screening Hosted By The Moms
– Talk Show Appearances 2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck really want to set a good example for their kids.
But just like the rest of the world, the Hollywood power couple has a hard time putting down their cellphones.
They’re at least trying. “Honestly, between us, playing dolls sometimes, it’s very easy to keep up your end of dolls and have your phone open and next to you,” Garner told me last night at the premiere of her new movie Men, Women & Children. “But I’m trying not to do that.”
She added, “You can have a tea party and returning emails—trust me. But I’m trying not to do it.”
The Jason Reitman-directed film centers on a group of teenagers and their families as they navigate technology and social media.
“I don’t know if social media scares me,” Garner said. “I think it’s really hard for kids to understand that what seems like fun can be exploitative and that they can exploited online. That’s just something we’ll all have to figure out as a society.”
For now, Garner says her and Affleck’s kids aren’t old enough for their own mobile devices. “We just have to develop more and more rules, but for now, I think we’re starting to be aware that our kids are watching us and we’re starting to have more conversations about, ‘Oh, my gosh, I have to put this down and focus.'”
While Garner may not have a big social media presence, she did reveal her favorite app. “Zite,” she said. It’s like a magazine and it sends you all your favorite things. So mine are West Virginia, world news, kids, parenting, relationships, healthy living, food and cooking…It just curates exactly what I want to read.”
The movie, opening in limited release today and expanding nationwide on Oct. 17, also includes Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kaitlyn Dever, Dennis Haysbert, JK Simmons and Elena Kampouris.
Jennifer attends the ‘Men, Women And Children’ Los Angeles Premiere at DGA Theater on September 30.
– Public Appearances 2014 Men, Women And Children LA Premiere
Actor Jennifer Garner visits with school children who are participants of a Save the Children reading program at LBJ Elementary School in, Ky. Photo by David Stephenson
“OPTIMISM”, Jennifer Garner chose the word optimism when we interviewed her about her work with Save The Children and the #FindTheWords campaign. My word had been “LEAD”, Jen Burden’s was “CREATE”, and Stacey Hoffer Weckstein of Evolving Stacey, who did the interview with me, had “COURAGE”. These were our words in the 30 words, 30 days blogger challenge for #FindTheWords to represent the 30,000 fewer words kids would learn in homes without early education. In turn, when we had the exciting opportunity to interview her, we asked Jennifer Garner what her word would be.
”If you are working with a baby, with a mom, with a toddler, there is just so much optimism, she explained. I just feel like it’s just the most optimistic thing in the world to work on early childhood stuff”.
The investment in early education is optimism at it’s best. Studies have shown that the impact of early education can have long reaching effects as a child grows up. Kids are better academically prepared, socially adjusted, and tend to stay in school longer when they receive early education. In our conversation Jennifer Garner pointed out that some states have figured out that the money they spend from birth to five years old goes so much further than the recidivism that they would otherwise spend when a child is older and having trouble.
The hard facts cited by Save The Children are that in the United States 1 in 4 children lives in poverty and many do not have a single book in their home. These kids are not read to, and will not have access to a pre-school education. By age three they will have hear an average of 30,000 less words than their peers which puts them at a great disadvantage before they even reach school. Ultimately these kids are 70% more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, 40% more likely to become a teen parent and 25% more likely to drop out of school. Read More »
Jason Reitman isn’t nervous about talking about his latest big screen drama, but Jennifer Garner seems a bit daunted being the only actor on hand to talk about the ensemble drama Men, Women, & Children (opening in Toronto this Friday, and expanding across Canada over the next several weeks) on behalf of her incredibly stacked cast.
“When I was told that I was going to be the only actor here with Jason, I’ll admit that I freaked out a little bit in my head,” Garner joked before getting down to business during a sit down with press for the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. “There was a part of me that was thinking, ‘Man, I really need Adam Sandler for this.’”
Garner, who plays an overprotective mother trying to shield her daughter from the dangers of the internet in Reitman’s film, has little to worry about. She has a natural rapport with Reitman even when they don’t necessarily agree on the questions they’re answering. Plus, they have a history that works in their favour. Having worked previously on the Oscar nominated Juno, Reitman passed along his adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel (co-written with Chloe and Secretary writer Erin Cressida Wilson) on a plane ride while both were on the way to the set of father Ivan Reitman’s previous film, Draft Day, which also co-starred Garner.
The film places the focus on how the connected world of the internet serves to make personal connections in the real world even harder. Garner’s on screen daughter, played by Kaitlyn Dever, has been hiding a crush on a boy she really likes (played by skyrocketing young star Ansel Elgort). The boy she like has quit his star spot on the football team while dealing with his mother’s sudden departure to be with another man. Meanwhile in the same small Texas town, a couple (Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt), a struggling single mother (Judy Greer) unwittingly exploits her daughter’s attractiveness under the guise that it will help the young woman’s modelling career, and a cheerleader with anorexia (Elena Kampouris) fights to get noticed by her peers. Read More »
Jennifer at the ‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 28 in Beverly Hills.
– Public Appearances 2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Press Conference