Jennifer talks with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of the Save the Children Illumination Gala on Tuesday night about raising her children to have charitable spirits and about making her children her priority.
Jennifer Garner is working as hard as she can to make sure her children become “citizens of the world.”
ET’s Denny Directo caught up with the 44-year-old actress at the fourth annual Save the Children Illumination Gala in New York City on Tuesday, where she opened up about teaching her children the importance of charity.
“I’ve worked with Save [the Children] for the last eight years, and my whole heart is here,” she gushed. “So obviously having all these people show up, it’s the only time in my life where I see people with cameras and think, ‘Thank you. I’m so glad you came. Thanks for coming.'”
While the Miracles From Heaven star got all dressed up for the evening, it’s the cause that’s most important to her, and that charitable spirit is something she’s trying to instill in her three kids with ex Ben Affleck: 10-year-old Violet, 7-year-old Seraphina and 4-year-old Samuel.
“It’s so important that you model for your kids how to be a citizen of the world, and I think that’s the very best thing you can do,” she shared, adding that she and Affleck each have special causes that they try to teach their children about.
“That’s really important at home, to make sure that our kids know that we both have causes that we care so much about… that we dedicate time, resources, and our energy toward making our own little slice of the world a little bit better,” she added.
Though Garner and Affleck separated last year, they’ve continued worked together to raise their kids.
ET caught up with Affleck earlier this month, where he gushed about making his children a priority — even when it comes to his on-set trailer must-haves, which include the kids’ schoolwork and art projects.
“[It’s] mostly stuff from my kids,” he said. “It’s the only personal stuff I have — the drawings and art. It’s a good place to hang up the latest artwork to come out of school.”
“We do our best,” he added of how he and Garner have learned how to co-parent. “We try our best.”
The actress and mom of three opens up on the “life-long” job of teaching kids to have values. Plus, Jennifer spills on hosting the Save the Children Illumination Gala.
Jennifer hosted the Save the Children Illumination Gala this week. She looked beautiful in a blue and black gown which she accessorized with Charlotte Olympia peep-toe pumps.
E!Online shares the exciting news that Jennifer will be honored at this year’s Baby2Baby Gala!
Major A-listers are going to be attending the 5th annual Baby2Baby Gala in honor of one of their dearest friends.
This year the event will be honoring Jennifer Garner, who will be receiving the Baby2Baby Giving Tree Award for her support and ongoing dedication to children in need around the world. Over the past two years, Garner has helped Baby2Baby distribute 5 million diapers to the low-income children the organization serves.
Supporting Garner at the event will be Julie Bowen, Selma Blair and Rachel Zoe.
Other attendees include J.J. Abrams, Michelle Monaghan, Jordana Brewster, Busy Philipps, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jaime King, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart and Soleil Moon Frye.
Baby2Baby, along with sponsor John Paul Mitchell Systems, will host the 5th Annual Baby2Baby Gala.
Baby2Baby co-presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein said the first name that popped in their minds for the award was none other than Garner.
“We are so proud to honor Jennifer for her commitment to supporting low-income children” Patricof and Weinstein said in a statement. “She is quite possibly the biggest advocate for these issues we have ever come across.”
“She has worked tirelessly for seven years to help combat children’s poverty through education and leadership,” they continued. “Just this past year, she helped us secure over 2 million diapers to distribute to the families in our program across the country. We are beyond grateful for her immeasurable contributions to children all over the world and to the children of Baby2Baby.”
Garner joins previous winners including Kerry Washington, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore and Kate Hudson.
Jenna + Matty forever.
The movie 13 Going on 30 came out in 2004. That means that if you were 13 when you saw the movie in theaters, you’re now 25 years old. And with Deadline now reporting that a team has begun adapting the rom-com into a musical, that means those 13-year-olds who saw the movie in theaters could possibly celebrate their 30th birthdays by seeing it on Broadway. (But considering how I watch that movie every time it’s on TBS and I’m not 25, it’s kinda great news for everyone. It’s just one of those rom-coms, you know?)
The movie “has all the elements of a great musical: comedy, romance, an empowering message — and a touch of magic,” producer Andy Flickman said of the decision to turn the movie into a musical. If you’re unfamiliar, the story follows Jenna (Jennifer Garner), who used “wishing dust” to become a grown-up when she was 13. She suddenly finds herself with an amazing career and a very grown-up world around her, but wants nothing more than to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Matt (Mark Ruffalo).
The musical format actually makes a ton of sense for 13 Going on 30. There’s obviously going to be a great song about how Jenna wishes she were a grown-up, then a dazzling set change to introduce her transformation. Plus, the fairly cheesy but still catchy songs about feeling awkward in a grown-up body pretty much write themselves.
Most of the music will be original, but there are two key songs that might get licensed for the show. For one, there’s a great dance routine involved, as long as they can get the rights to “Thriller.”
And, of course, the “Love Is a Battlefield” sleepover dance party is going to be delightful.
This past weekend along with Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Courtney Cox and others she walked in the ALS Association Golden West Chapter Los Angeles County Walk To Defeat ALS in support of publicist Nanci Ryder. I have added images from this awesome event to the gallery.
To learn more about this illness and what you can do to help go to alsa.org.
Veteran publicist Nanci Ryder saw a strong showing of support for her third outing at Sunday’s L.A. County Walk to Defeat ALS hosted by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. Of the outpouring, she told THR: “Lot of love. Lot of support. Cause for a cure.”
In a sea of approximately 2000 participants and volunteers at Sunday’s Walk to Defeat ALS, Team Nanci members were easy to locate.
Gathered in clusters near the VIP tent at the walk’s starting location — Exposition Park in downtown L.A. near the USC campus — one could spot the famous faces, high-profile agents and managers, and more than a handful of power publicists who all turned out for veteran publicist and BWR Public Relations co-founder Nanci Ryder. Every last supporter of Ryder, making her third appearance at the Walk since being diagnosed with ALS in 2014, sported a red rose-colored T-shirt topped with capital letters spelling out “Team Nanci.” Or rather, like this: “TEAM NANCI.”
Their boldness proved to be more than a fashion statement, something evidenced by that VIP tent, which happened to be a bonus treat awarded to the team that raised the most amount of money for the organization. (Inside, coffee, pastries and cookies got walkers energized for the start.) This year, the 15th annual L.A. County Walk hosted by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, Team Nanci came out on top again with a whopping $128,883 raised as of press time on Monday afternoon. (By comparison, the closest team came in with $26,000.)
But this isn’t a competition, it’s a race for a cure to help the thousands living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Many of Team Nanci attendees were quick to point out that their presence at the Sunday morning walk was simply to show Ryder how much they love and support her, and to show the world how their hope aligns with hers in finding a treatment for the progressive, and always fatal, neurodegenerative disease.
According the ALS Association, approximately 6,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. Life expectancy ranges from 2-5 years, though some people are known to live longer, even if the quality of life is questionable. People with ALS lose the ability to move, speak, swallow, and eventually, to breathe, while their senses and awareness remain in tact. There is no known cure, which makes fundraising and research that much more important, a fact Ryder’s friends know well.
“Like so many people out here today, I’m looking to follow the puzzle pieces that are coming together until there’s a cure ultimately,” said Renee Zellweger, Ryder’s longtime friend and former client. “Each little bit of new information brings a little more hope. There’s a lot of research that is going on, even internationally, and with all the funds that are raised, it still so elusive.”
But Zellweger said what isn’t slippery is her determination to stand up for Ryder and be a voice, along with all of her friends, to garner attention and funds as they look forward to new research and clinical trials. Zellweger joined Reese Witherspoon, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Garner in rallying Team Nanci members, of which there were close to 100 strong. Ryder herself looked pleased with the turnout, greeting friends from a wheelchair, her newest accessory, and posing for photographs on the park lawn. (One of her favorite pals also roamed around — a Golden Retriever named Jack Maffei, the dog belonging to close friends and Team Nanci stalwarts Tom and Kathy Maffei, who were also there.)
Other supporters included agents (CAA’s Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane), managers (Management 360’s Evelyn O’Neill and Nicole King, and The Creed Co.’s Brandon Creed), plenty of power publicists (Wolf Kasteler’s Lisa Kasteler; Viewpoint’s Melissa Kates and Jennifer Allen; 42 West’s Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson; PMK*BNC’s Danica Smith; BWR’s Paul Baker, Larry Winokur, and Brett Ruttenberg, and more), and friends like veteran photographer Jeff Vespa and publicist wife Emily Yomtobian (with daughter Genevieve), Peter Horton, Lawrence and Gregory Zarian, Shannon Rotenberg and Blaine Lourd.Continue Reading
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