This morning Jennifer did an interview on the Today show and opened up about how she and Ben share the responsibility of their children.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have three beautiful children together, and while the past year has seen big changes for mom and dad, one thing hasn’t changed at all — they put the needs of their kids first.
As the busy actress told TODAY’s Natalie Morales, ‘You don’t have a choice. I mean, it has to be.”
That simple fact of parenting just makes sense to Garner, who, since her breakup with Affleck, has embraced her family’s new normal.
“We are definitely a modern family,” she said with a smile. “We’re doing really well.”
In fact, earlier this year, Garner and Affleck teamed up for a vacation with the kids in Europe.
“Ben was working in London, on ‘Justice League,’ and I felt like, ‘Well, the kids should have that experience,'” she said. “And he and I are great friends, and we just all went en masse.”
Prioritizing what’s best for their children is nothing new for Garner — neither is fighting for it.
In 2013, she fought alongside fellow stars, including Halle Berry, for California legislation that would protect her children and other celebrity kids from intrusive and possibly dangerous paparazzi encounters. She won that battle, and she’s already seeing the benefits.
In the past, Garner’s youngest son, 4-year-old Samuel, urged her to shoo the paparazzi away. “Mom, go out and tell them your son does not like it,'” she recalled him saying.
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But now? “It is so much better,” she said. “I really do thank all of the legislators who saw the wisdom in not allowing paparazzi to lie in wait outside of your school, outside of doctors’ offices, pediatricians’ offices, outside of your, you know, your home.”
Felines were definitely the dominant species at Monday’s world premiere of EuropaCorp’s cat comedy “Nine Lives” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
“The cat is king when you’re shooting a cat movie,” Jennifer Garner declared on the blue carpet. “They really are the ones in charge.”
Malina Weissman, who plays Garner’s daughter in the film, agreed.
“I love cats, but they are sometimes divas,” she explained. “Sometimes they’ve very cooperative.”
Director Barry Sonnenfeld was in a reflective mood about working with animals, noting that he had done so extensively on the “Men in Black” movies.
“Dogs are easy and cats are hard; they don’t care about praise,” he asserted. “We had great second unit directors who took care of it during the nights.”
The story is fairly simple — an uptight businessman, played by Kevin Spacey, finds himself trapped inside the body of a cat. Garner plays his wife and Robbie Amell portrays his son.
“I really wanted to be in this movie, even though I am super allergic to cats, dogs, and horses,” Amell admitted. “As an actor, you just want the part and once you do, you just figure out how to make it work.”
Mark Consuelos, who plays the villain, admitted that the cats seemed to sense that he was not a fan. “I think the cats would have tried to eat me if they were bigger,” he added.
Several of the film’s cats — Lil Bub, Nala, Pudge, and Waffles — attracted plenty of attention, even though Waffles appeared on the verge of falling asleep. Trainer Derek Liu said that’s what Waffles wants to do all the time.
“He’s a very chill cat and nothing bothers him,” he said.
I have added images to the gallery from last night’s premiere of Nine Lives which Jen attended. She looked lovely in a red gown by Azzedine Alaïa.
A giant thank you to Mary for sharing some of these pics with us!
How fun is this interview Jen did last night with E!Online? Check it out!
Who knew Jennifer Garner was such a fan of Meow Mix?
Yes, the 44-year-old actress chatted with E! News at the premiere of Nine Lives—yes, a movie about cats—and dished her favorite name for a kitty.
“A good cat name for me would be, what was the cat who did the Meow Mix commercials? Morris!” she laughed. “Because I grew up loving Morris. I had a t-shirt with Morris on it! and I would want be, ‘Meow meow meow meow…'”
Yes! She even began singing that famous Meow Mix jingle, and it was simply everything. (Also, where can we find that shirt?!)
As for the film itself, she told us her kids haven’t seen it just yet, but she can’t wait to take them.
“We’ll be buying tickets this weekend! They’re super excited,” she said. “It’s such a great family film. You can take anyone—anyone should have a good time at this film.”
Meanwhile, Garner has been quite the busy woman! On Sunday, she attended the 2016 Teen Choice Awards and accepted a big award on Sunday for another one of her family films: Miracles From Heaven.
The actress and her young co-star in the film, Kiley Rogers, got together on stage at after winning the award for Choice Drama Movie. Upon accepting the surfboard, Garner left a special message for all the children fighting their own battles: “Thanks to everyone, we were definitely the underdog in this category. That’s so exciting. It’s amazing to us the impact this movie was able to have, and have all your guys appreciate it means the world to us.”
She concluded, “All the kids who are in a hospital waiting for a miracle, don’t give up hope!”
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Jennifer talked to Access Hollywood at the Nine Lives premiere last night about why she loved doing the film!
At the “Nine Lives” Hollywood premiere, Jennifer Garner tells Access Hollywood how being a mom has affected her decision in making these types of family-friendly movies as of late.
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Congratulations to Jennifer and the rest of the cast and crew of Miracles from Heaven for their win tonight at the Teen Choice Awards!
Jennifer Garner popped up at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday to accept a big award for her movie.
The 44-year-old actress was among a slew of some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities to attend the event, which was hosted by Victoria Justice and John Cena.
Garner and her young Miracles from Heaven costar Kiley Rogers were on-hand to accept the film’s award for choice drama movie. In the film, Garner took on the role of real-life Texas mom Christy Beam in the story of a young girl who is miraculously cured from a rare disorder.
While accepting the award, Garner turned to , saying, “Thank you, this is for this little lady. That’s for you baby.
“Thank you so much,” she continued. “Thanks to everyone, we were definitely the underdog in this category. That’s so exciting. It’s amazing to us the impact this movie was able to have, and have all your guys appreciate it means the world to us.”
Before leaving the stage, Garner said, “All the kids who are in a hospital waiting for a miracle, don’t give up hope!”
E!Online has shared that this Sunday Jennifer will be attending the Teen Choice Awards!
If you weren’t already excited to see John Cena and Victoria Justice co-host the 2016 Teen Choice Awards, just wait…
Not only will Justin Timberlake be presented with a Decade Award, but E! News has learned exclusively that Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Lea Michele, Sarah Hyland, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Ne-Yoand Daisy Ridley will all be attending the show. We can also confirm exclusively that Flo Rida will be performing a medley of his greatest hits at the TCAs, including “My House” and his new single “Zillionaire.” Charlie Puth will perform his hit single “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and Empire star Serayah will also perform.
Both Evans and Ridley, especially, have good reason to attend the show: Captain: America: Civil War dominated the big-screen categories with six nods, while Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens came close behind with five. Ridley is also up for Choice Movie Breakout Star, a category in which she faces off against her Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens co-star John Boyega.
The competition will be fierce for who takes home those coveted surfboards, but you can help get your favorite stars closer to winning by voting at TeenChoice.com, the FOX NOW app and Twitter.
The 2016 Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, July 31, at 8 p.m. on Fox.