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Photos And Quotes From Jennifer Garner in Parade 2010-01-22 04:00:00

Jennifer Talks Romance and Therapy With Parade

Jennifer Garner is on the cover of this week's Parade ahead of the Valentine's Day release in just a few weeks. We're giving away a special screening of her movie for one lucky reader, so make sure to enter our contest! Jen talked about her work in the ensemble film, but she also shared about her family life, keeping the spark alive with Ben, and getting professional help during her divorce from Scott Foley. Here's more:

  • On working while Violet and Seraphina are young: "I adore going to movie sets and being part of a team trying to create something. And yet, I hate to miss even one bedtime with my girls. . . My sisters both are working mothers. I understand that my being an actress as well as being at home isn't some heroic thing. That doesn't mean it isn't confusing or difficult--especially that question of how you find a balance."
  • On keeping the spark alive with Ben: "You steal the time. You steal a date, you steal a kiss, you steal a whisper. You sit next to each other on the couch with computers on your laps. After the kids are asleep you...well, you know. Whatever it is. You slip away for a night, which we've only just now done for the first time. Of course, I call home while we're away. Ben would be surprised if I didn't."
  • On seeking therapy during her divorce: "I had a lot of growing up to do. I'm still conflict-averse. I don't like to argue. But back then I couldn't have a fight. I couldn't work things out because I wasn't able to say what I needed to say. I didn't have a voice. I didn't dare to express myself. It was a huge heartbreak for me to have something fail like that. I knew that this was either an opportunity for growth or I would sink. It's easy when you're hurt and angry to just say, 'Oh, it's them.' But I had to come into my own. I thought, 'Why did this relationship not work? What part of the failure is my responsibility?' So I went to work on it. I started therapy."

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To see more Jen, as well as to read her thoughts on Ben's charm and how they met, just

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  • On getting together with Ben: "Well, it helped that we were both single at the time. He's a very good writer."
  • On Ben charming her sisters and mother: "He doesn't have trouble wiggling his way in anywhere. Ben is charm personified when he wants to be. He's not easily threatened or made uncomfortable--he's very secure in that way. Maybe he just knows I'm nuts about him, and he doesn't have anything to worry about. Don't forget we were friends first for a long time."
  • On her 'nice' reputation: "I can't complain. This mix is perfect for me. I am the model middle child. I am patient and I like to take care of everyone. Being called nice is a compliment. It's not a boring way to describe me."

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JanetCoop JanetCoop 6 years
To paraphrase something Elaine Stritch once said after working on "Monster-In-Law" with Jennifer Lopez, "People don't want to believe that she's that pretty or that sweet. In this business, the have to get something on you. So: she's a bitch..." This is what you JG-bashers are doing, and it only lessens you. Maybe Jen has to beguarded because she's been open in the past and gotten burned!! Plus, how dare you go stick your butt-inski ass into Jen's day, maybe something happened, maybe her mom got sick or something like that...Maybe she felt like hell & had a headache, or morning sickness...Why do you think you're so special that she's supposed to just start smiling & yakking away with you... And stop throwing up those old rumors about why her marriage to Foley broke up, that's ancient history...and Michael Vartan is a world-class good guy who states in an interview that he & Jen MUTUALLY decided to end the relationship, and that they will always be "great friends"... Asche, go find somebody else to drive nuts...you sound bitter & jealous to me...and JG is an amazing actress -- watch the DVDs of "ALIAS" sometime and just WATCH her...
JanetCoop JanetCoop 6 years
To paraphrase something Elaine Stritch once said after working on "Monster-In-Law" with Jennifer Lopez, "People don't want to believe that she's that pretty or that sweet. In this business, the have to get something on you. So: she's a bitch..."This is what you JG-bashers are doing, and it only lessens you. Maybe Jen has to beguarded because she's been open in the past and gotten burned!! Plus, how dare you go stick your butt-inski ass into Jen's day, maybe something happened, maybe her mom got sick or something like that...Maybe she felt like hell & had a headache, or morning sickness...Why do you think you're so special that she's supposed to just start smiling & yakking away with you...And stop throwing up those old rumors about why her marriage to Foley broke up, that's ancient history...and Michael Vartan is a world-class good guy who states in an interview that he & Jen MUTUALLY decided to end the relationship, and that they will always be "great friends"...Asche, go find somebody else to drive nuts...you sound bitter & jealous to me...and JG is an amazing actress -- watch the DVDs of "ALIAS" sometime and just WATCH her...
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
it doesn't need to be*, oops...
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
Wow, never knew Jennifer Garner could stir such a heated discussion... She's always seemed too vanilla to me to cause that kind of controversy...Anyway, what annoys me about her is that she now seems to define herself by Ben and her kids. She's all about family, we get get, but it doesn't need to me all she talks about... Isn't she an actress? What about her movies?
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
Wow, never knew Jennifer Garner could stir such a heated discussion... She's always seemed too vanilla to me to cause that kind of controversy... Anyway, what annoys me about her is that she now seems to define herself by Ben and her kids. She's all about family, we get get, but it doesn't need to me all she talks about... Isn't she an actress? What about her movies?
laurenlanzaosias laurenlanzaosias 6 years
wow, that's a lot of hate. i couldn't help but throw in my two cents. i think jennifer garner is what's good and true about hollywood. a girl, who is kind and generous, but doesn't think twice about protecting her children and family from interviews, paparazzi. yeah, shame on her she wants her kid to grow up "normal" without being yelled at by the paps. it really is amazing what people can turn things into...being a mother is hard! it's not any easier cause she has a billion dollars. and you folks, come on, she raved about her first husband cause she loved him...i think she is very open and respectful of her first marriage. and as far as michael vartan, i was sad that didn't work out, but just in case you've never heard the rumors he's supposedly not so sweet of a guy. too much time on your hands to worry about this...they are all doing just fine... people are ridiculous, i would hate to see what someone thought of you in a five-minute interchange after you had a rough morning, who knows? people have off moments! because people who get known in hollywood as "nice girls" are that way for a reason...people like them. chill out. if you don't like her don't post comments on a board about her. soooo annoying. for the record, i love her. alias rocked. she looks fantastic and seems really happy...why do people have to ruin that, why can't a celeb be nice...i'm assuming that the same people who don't like nice celebrities, think heidi montag is classy and kim kardashian is talented... whatever!?
laurenlanzaosias laurenlanzaosias 6 years
wow, that's a lot of hate. i couldn't help but throw in my two cents. i think jennifer garner is what's good and true about hollywood. a girl, who is kind and generous, but doesn't think twice about protecting her children and family from interviews, paparazzi. yeah, shame on her she wants her kid to grow up "normal" without being yelled at by the paps. it really is amazing what people can turn things into...being a mother is hard! it's not any easier cause she has a billion dollars. and you folks, come on, she raved about her first husband cause she loved him...i think she is very open and respectful of her first marriage. and as far as michael vartan, i was sad that didn't work out, but just in case you've never heard the rumors he's supposedly not so sweet of a guy. too much time on your hands to worry about this...they are all doing just fine... people are ridiculous, i would hate to see what someone thought of you in a five-minute interchange after you had a rough morning, who knows? people have off moments! because people who get known in hollywood as "nice girls" are that way for a reason...people like them. chill out. if you don't like her don't post comments on a board about her. soooo annoying. for the record, i love her. alias rocked. she looks fantastic and seems really happy...why do people have to ruin that, why can't a celeb be nice...i'm assuming that the same people who don't like nice celebrities, think heidi montag is classy and kim kardashian is talented... whatever!?
Asche Asche 6 years
I did not "categorize" Jennifer Garner by using such a disgusting and degrading insult. I said she was not <i>nice</i>. I merely presented an opinion formed from real world observations--not based on what I read on a gossip blog. And again, please refrain from paraphrasing anything I write by using such filthy and common language. I'm above that.
Asche Asche 6 years
I did not "categorize" Jennifer Garner by using such a disgusting and degrading insult. I said she was not nice. I merely presented an opinion formed from real world observations--not based on what I read on a gossip blog. And again, please refrain from paraphrasing anything I write by using such filthy and common language. I'm above that.
Amesabelle Amesabelle 6 years
I'm not really sure you could call this thread an argument. And I'm not really sure you could pidgeon-hole someone's entire character for a likely less than five minute observation. I've met plenty of people with whom I was not interested in having a conversation with. Sometimes you just get a vibe. I love that her not being all sunshine and light in one instance gets her categorized as a raging bitch. LOL
Asche Asche 6 years
LOL! Who knew that my minor, five-minute observation of this woman from years ago would spark such an argument about Jennifer Garner?!
naked_american naked_american 6 years
I don't have a problem with Jennifer Garner. Not a huge fan, but I also don't think she's a homewrecker. I think it's funny how people seem to call her out for cheating on her husband ("well documented," apparently) and have some idea that she tricked Ben Affleck into marrying her. Even if she were that conniving, how do you make someone marry you? It's a two-way street. Ben obviously loves her enough to have started a family with her - ultimately, who else matters?
naked_american naked_american 6 years
I don't have a problem with Jennifer Garner. Not a huge fan, but I also don't think she's a homewrecker.I think it's funny how people seem to call her out for cheating on her husband ("well documented," apparently) and have some idea that she tricked Ben Affleck into marrying her. Even if she were that conniving, how do you make someone marry you? It's a two-way street. Ben obviously loves her enough to have started a family with her - ultimately, who else matters?
Asche Asche 6 years
As stated above, I witnessed her be quite snippy with someone simply trying to make conversation with her. No autograph request, no photo request, etc. No one really cared who she was, honestly. Actually, maybe that was the problem ;)
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