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!”
Jennifer arrives for the Premiere Of Disney’s ‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ held at the El Capitan Theatre on October 6 in Hollywood. The actress opted for a simple all-black look featuring a Valentino Pre-Fall 2014 mini dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and Oscar de la Renta clutch.
– Public Appearances 2014 “Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Premiere
“I’m going to roll my eyes,” says Steve Carell, doing just that. He had jokingly warned me not to ask any of the questions “they hate.”
“They,“ in this case, is Carell and Jennifer Garner, who star in the new Disney film “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.” They play Ben and Kelly Cooper, the relentlessly upbeat parents of 11-year-old Alexander (young Australian actor Ed Oxenbould).
The family comedy, opening Oct. 10, is based on Judith Viorst’s enduring 1972 children’s book of the same name and is directed by Miguel Arteta, who worked with Carell on “The Office.” It’s written by Rob Lieber, who expanded the original concept — the book was only 32 pages — by giving everyone in the family a bad day and many more opportunities to be funny.
Both Carell and Garner have been switching between comedy and drama of late. Last year, she was in the acclaimed “Dallas Buyers Club” and she can currently be seen in Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children,” a dark look at how social media has impacted personal relationships. In the drama “Foxcatcher,” coming out in November, Carell plays wealthy heir John du Pont in a tragic true story that is already generating Oscar buzz for the actor.
The pair are parents as well. Carell and his wife of 19 years have a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. Garner and her husband, Ben Affleck, have three children under the age of 10. So not surprisingly, the actors bring something of their own experiences to their roles.
But before we get there, and to what Carell has to say about his longtime friend Stephen Colbert taking over “The Late Show” next year on CBS, we talked about something else Australian. In the film, Alexander has an obsession with the continent and his dad accidently books Thunder From Down Under as a treat for his son’s birthday party, thinking they were Australian cowboys.
In case you, like the character in “Alexander,” don’t know, TFDU is a hunky male revue performed for mostly female audiences. (Very hot in Vegas, the boys will be in Ventura and Simi Valley later this month.)
With the CW’s Jane The Virgin, based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, emerging as one of the best reviewed new shows this fall, the network is betting on another adaptation of a Latin American telenovela. The CW has put in development drama First Lady, executive produced by Jennifer Garner and Tariq Jalil.
The project touches on the hot-button immigration issue as it asks the question, What if the next First Lady of the United States is a former illegal alien? Written by Jenni Ross based on the Chilean series Primera Dama, First Lady chronicles one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House, where she battles injustice and her own sordid past which has come back to haunt her. Garner’s Vandalia Films is producing with Warner Bros. TV where the company has a deal. Garner, Jalil and Ross executive produce, with Juliana Janes producing.
In addition to First Lady, Vandalia recently sold parenthood comedy Half Full to Fox. Garner, repped by WME, Management 360 and Jason, Sloane has Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children opening following its premiere in Toronto.