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InStyle.com gives a sneak peek at Jen’s cover story!
In the October issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download September 19, writer Laurie Sandell got an unprecedented peek into cover girl Jennifer Garner’s life with husband Ben Affleck and their three kids. The following is an excerpt of that insider access.
At 5:45 a.m., while most of Los Angeles still sleeps, Jennifer Garner is bustling around her open kitchen, brewing a much-needed cup of coffee. She and her husband, actor-director and soon-to-be Dark Knight Ben Affleck, share the sprawling ranch house with their kids (Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2). A single glance around the space and you immediately understand what’s No. 1 on their list. Family photos adorn almost every surface, a pint-size backpack lies on a sofa, and the sliding glass doors that lead to the outdoor deck are covered with drawings. “Sorry things are such a mess,” Garner says, gesturing to the many art projects in progress. This is a family home.
Her trainer of more than a dozen years, Valerie Waters, leans against a kitchen counter, waiting to take her famous client (and me) through her daily workout. Clad in a faded blue sweatshirt over a gray tank top and blue leggings, Garner follows Waters out to the long, winding driveway flanked by tall trees—and more than a few tricycles. There, under the dark predawn sky, the actress warms up with a brisk walk, touching the gate that protects her hive, then returns to take a sip of coffee.
The workout proper takes place in her gym, housed in a building across the courtyard. While Garner and I are stretching inside, a figure appears in the doorway: It’s Affleck, tall and ruggedly handsome with morning stubble, wearing a gray hoodie and black nylon gym shorts, a towel slung over his shoulder. “Hey guys, can I crash your workout?” he asks before climbing onto the elliptical machine.
Garner turns to me and jokes, “How bummed are you that you thought you were just working out with me, and now you have to exercise in front of Ben Affleck?”
Allure did a blog about Jennifer and her trying to raise awareness for people (and her kids) to wear sunscreen!
There was a time (not too long ago) when baby oil was more of a beach staple than sunscreen. Jennifer Garner knows what I’m talking about: “My whole generation—I think we were all just tossed out into the sun to burn to a crisp,” she told me on the phone. “I was deep brown all summer, every summer. Now I realize I’m really fair, and I never had any business being that tan.” While the low-key actress may not insist on wearing makeup every day, SPF is non-negotiable—for her or her family. Read on to find out how she gets her kids to slather the stuff on, and why she thinks she’s a beauty disaster. (We’re going to go ahead and disagree with her on that one.)
How do you get your kids to wear sunscreen?
“It’s such a battle. But everyone has to do it every day. You have to make it part of the routine so that they stop fighting. I let them decide: Do they want a face and body stick on their face and arms before school, or do they want a lotion? I let them choose a song, and by the end of singing it, I have to be done putting it on them. You make a game out of how fast you can do it—but it has to happen. It can be a game or it can be a battle, but it’s going on one way or the other.”
What about your husband [Ben Affleck]? I read about a study recently that said men are more at risk for melanoma because they’re less likely to wear sunscreen.
“50 percent of men say they have not worn sunscreen in the past year. I cannot tell you how many battles with him I’ve had about sunscreen when we’re at the beach and I see him crisping up. He knows how I feel about it; he knows what I do for a living [Garner is a spokeswoman for Neutrogena]. If I can sneak it in, I spray it on him.”
What’s your go-to sunscreen?
“Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, because it doesn’t mess with your makeup if you have to wear any and it doesn’t aggravate your skin. SPF 30 in the winter, but now it’s almost always 45. If I’m going to be out in the sun, it’s probably up to 70.”
When you’re at the beach, do you wear makeup?
“No. I almost never wear makeup unless someone is putting it on me for work. I do usually use a little concealer around my nose or under my eyes, but that’s as far as I go. I used to wear mascara every day, and I don’t know why, but it feels fake or something. I’ve just grown out of it.”
So I guess it’s fair to say you aren’t exactly a beauty junkie?
“I’m not someone who should be in a beauty spotlight. I was one of those people who wore pajamas to class every day in college, and I would still be that way if I could! I’m in New Balance sneakers every day. I try not to be because I get made fun of by my husband and friends, but it’s not natural for me to think about how I look on a daily basis. So I’m kind of my own walking beauty disaster.
That’s pretty hard to believe when we see pictures of you on the red carpet.
“I have grown to love nice clothes and looking nice. I’ve been exposed to such a level of fashion and design that I have no right to wear, and I have to say, I’ve grown to reeeeaalllly like them. When it comes to red carpet, I’m all in.”
Last night Jen stopped by the Tonight show and chatted it up with Jimmy Fallon! Such a fun interview! Check it out!
This morning Jennifer stopped by Good Morning America to talk about her role in Draft Day. She explains what a capologist is.
Watch the interview here:
Plus we have some stills of her from the interview thanks to Claudia!
Yesterday Jennifer called in for an interview on the Dan Patrick Show. Here is a video of the interview.
Thanks to Claudia for the heads up!
A new interview with CelebInterviews was released of Jen talking about her newest film Dallas Buyers Club.
Jennifer spoke to the Toronto Sun about deciding to go back to work after taking a break from acting to be a full time job and about working on Dallas Buyer’s Club.
There’s some symmetry to the fact that Jennifer Garner took a two-year break from movies after the homespun comedy Butter.
“Yes, Butter was a movie with a very serious message,” Garner says with a laugh about the butter-sculpture tale, while promoting her work in the awards-season head-turner Dallas Buyer’s Club – a movie that marks her return from being a full-time stay-at-home mom.
“I was not in any hurry to get back to work,” she says of her state of mind before accepting a role alongside Matthew McConaughey in the story of abrasive ’80s AIDS activist Ron Woodroof.
“When this came along, I didn’t even want to read it, because I had a feeling that it was one I couldn’t say no to.”
But she was won over by Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee’s project – about a homophobic, carousing rodeo-rat who turns his worst nightmare, an AIDS diagnosis, into a global scheme to smuggle experimental drugs.
The decision was partly personal. ” I just lost a friend to AIDS not long ago, a really dear friend. I just think it’s so important that it’s brought back into the conversation. There’s a lack of education and a sense that it’s okay because there’s a cocktail (treatment).
“But the cocktail is not fun, and you will die before you’re ready to. It’s not the death sentence it used to be, but it’s not the flu.
“This movie woke something up in me. And my husband (director/actor Ben Affleck) has always said to me, ‘You’ve got to work, go to work, go to work.’ And I’ve said, ‘I should be home, this is confusing, how do I do this?'”
Affleck freed her up, staying home with their three children in a hiatus between finishing Argo and taking it on an Oscar-bound promotional tour.
“We figured it out with the schedules and schools. He was home while I was doing this movie, and after I was done he had to travel and was busy getting his movie up and out and travelling for award stuff.”
The schedule juggling was a wakeup call for the idle actress. “Doing this movie kind of reminded me that, ooh, I love my job!” she says. “I was really glad to go to work. I can see in my performance, I had a few days where I was creaky. It was hard for me to fully engage, my head was at home. But it all came back.”
Garner plays a composite character named Eve Saks, an AIDS researcher who becomes frustrated over the medical establishment’s embrace of the toxic AZT and heel-dragging over alternative treatments. She joins Woodroof’s cause after her trans-gendered best friend Rayon (Jared Leto) effectively becomes his business partner.
“When I first started, they told me it was a true story. And I researched and Googled and I thought, ‘Where was Eve Saks?’ But of course, she was fictional.
“There wasn’t a message. I just wanted to convey the arc of my character. She was part of the establishment and came from a black and white world. And her outlook changed.”
Dallas Buyers Club marks Garner’s return to the role of part-time mom. Since then, she’s filmed the upcoming Draft Day with Kevin Costner, Imagine with Al Pacino, and the family film Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell.
Not surprisingly, they are lighter than Dallas Buyers Club.
“I don’t judge pop culture. It all has value,” she says. “The job in general is to reflect society back to itself.”