It’s about time Jennifer Garner did a romantic comedy after kicking butt in The Kingdom and showing her serious side in the indie hit Juno. In Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Jennifer goes for laughs with co-star Matthew McConaughey.
Off-screen, Jennifer has her hands full with baby number two. But she’s getting lots of help from daddy Ben Affleck.
Guys and the “R” word.
“Guys are definitely romantic when they feel safe — not like they are supposed to be romantic — and they can do it because they want to. Sometimes you have to trick them into it by playing dead. All those special days like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays are just there to give a guy a little kick in the pants and make him do something romantic.”
How to deal with a player.
“I never had a problem resisting somebody that I knew was going to break my heart. Going after the bad guy has not been a real issue for me. I would flirt with them and enjoy that part of it. Then I’d be like, ‘Play somewhere else, not in my playground.’ One thing that I liked about the movie was it sounded like a version of conversations I’ve had with tons of girlfriends, where it’s just, ‘Stay away from him.’ ‘Oh, I can’t.’ ‘Just leave it alone. It’s never going to happen.'”
Baby number two.
“It’s the same, but crazier. It’s only one more, but it feels like three more. Having the second is easier but the overall result is just chaos, but happy chaos.”
Being a working mom.
“I work really intensely on films but in a place where people are very respectful of me and of my kids. If I need to take a break and feed a baby, they let me. And that isn’t always the case for women in the corporate world. I also have the support that I need. I have a great partner in raising kids. Ben is super involved and there with me.”
Ben as babysitter.
“He’s great and it’s me that gets paranoid. Maybe I wrote out a few lists of what he was supposed to do for our first child while I was gone. But Ben can handle it. He’s a great dad. I’m the one who is a wreck when I can’t be with the kids.”
When the babies sleep, the kicking and punching starts.
“Some people play Scrabble or watch TV. But Ben and I have a house that on some nights is sort of like a dojo. I have taught him some karate. He’s a yellow belt.”
“The rule with marriage is the less you talk about it the better, as far as I can tell.”
“I’m usually part of the disaster at a wedding, especially if I’m a bridesmaid, which I’ve been lucky enough to be several times. One time I had my dress altered and had not tried it on again. There was like six inches hanging from the hem and we had to duct tape it up. I never get ready until the last minute because I’m hanging out and chatting, and one time I went to walk down the aisle and I still had curlers in my hair.”
First romantic song.
“Mine was ‘Groovy Kind of Love,’ which I played in the marching band for homecoming while the homecoming queen and her court were coming out. And then at the dance afterward, I was trying to dance with the trumpet player when ‘Groovy Kind of Love’ was playing. My friends were saying, ‘Will you dance with her?’ And he wouldn’t. And I never got a kiss from him either. He has four kids now. His name is Tim Miller and I think he lives in West Virginia.”
Being directed by Ricky Gervais in The Invention of Lying.
“The worst thing about Ricky, as a director, is that if something is funny he breaks up and laughs and ruins your take. And I would say, ‘It’s your movie. Just leave. Just go in another room and let me just do it alone.’ He was like, ‘Just do it again.’ I said, Ricky, it’s not the same. You suck.'”