This year and last year Jen attended Day of Indulgence. Held at producer Jennifer Klein’s Los Angeles home, the star-studded list of attendees included Kerry Washington (in Parker), Zoe Saldana, Kristen Bell (in Wayf), Jennifer Lopez, Amy Adams, Selena Gomez, Leslie Mann, and more, who took part in an all-girls afternoon filled with shopping, sweet treats, and luxurious spa treatments.
“I just look around and I see women I know from like all different parts of my life,” says Jennifer Garner, who helped stuff gift bags in years past. “Leaving the house on a Sunday and having time with other women. That is the indulgence.”
Jennifer Garner, who stars in the new movie about the perils of the internet Men, Women & Children, has nothing particular against porn. She just doesn’t want her three kids to see it online before she’s had a chance to talk to them about sex. “I really hope my kids don’t run across stuff online that could appear violent to them,” she said in an interview with TIME.
Garner, who admits she takes a pretty disciplined approach to bringing up Violet, 9, Seraphina, 5 and Sam, 2, says she’s done a lot of thinking about how to teach her kids, especially her daughters about sex: she’s attended talks, she’s read books and she’s talked to experts, but says she’s still no quite sure what’s the right approach. Her own mother and father, whom she calls “the best parents in the world,” have still never talked to her about it. “I’m waiting for The Talk, mom, dad,” she jokes in the interview, which TIME subscribers can read here.
Of her kids, Garner says, “I want them to see sex as something joyful, as a gift, as a celebration of love and of their bodies. And I’ve never thought about that before, but it makes me feel really cool and hippie-ish to even think of it that way.”
Elsewhere in the interview Garner says she’s not nearly as connected online as her husband, Ben Affleck, and although she doesn’t want her kids to enter the digital world just yet, he may have other ideas. “It’s definitely a team sport, parenting,” she says.
While Garner says she quickly closes pages that have any mention of her or her family on them, she does sometimes take online courses. She was an active participant in a course run by New York Times writer Nick Kristof when his and his wife Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky came out. Anonymously, of course.
Because on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a movie star.
Jen is on the cover on Elle november issue.
On motherhood and marriage: “My ambition shifted when I had kids in a way that I didn’t anticipate. I became more ambitious for my life as a whole, and for that kind of health and happiness of the overall family unit. And that very much includes my husband and very much includes me. My husband is always the one saying to me, ‘You have to work, you have to work. This is part of who you are. We’ll figure it out.’ That’s powerful, when your partner has that serious mantra.”
On the best piece of advice she’s ever received: “It’s recycled from Ma Ingalls from ‘Little House on the Prairie’—something my mom quoted: Happiness is your own responsibility. Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.”
– Magazine Scans Elle – November 2014
Is Jennifer Garner pregnant?!
Tabloids have often reported that the actress is expecting her fourth child with husband Ben Affleck. In an attempt to silence rumors for good, the star of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day made fun of her seemingly permanent “baby bump” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.
“Supposedly…you have a baby bump,” Ellen DeGeneres said. “So, I guess you’re pregnant again?”
“I get congratulated all the time by people that I know, saying, ‘I hear you’re pregnant!’ You know, this one woman who had babysat for us said, ‘OMG! I can’t wait for baby No. 4!’ and I thought, ‘What is going on?’ So I asked around and apparently I have a baby bump. And I’m here to tell you that I do—I do!” the actress said as the audience erupted with applause. Garner left them hanging before admitting that she was only kidding. “Hold up. Hold right up! I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump,” she said. “From now on ladies, I will have a bump. And it will be my baby bump. And let’s just all settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere. I have a bump. Its name is Violet, Sam, Sera. Well, but I see you guys are really eager for us to pop out another one. Gosh, you’re exhausting!”