Jennifer Garner: “I always look like I’m wearing the first thing I could find”

Jennifer Garner has a new interview with USA Today promoting her Disney film, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which is out tomorrow actually. It’s a cute schmaltzy looking movie, co-starring Joel Edgerton, about a childless couple whose wishes are granted when a magical 10-year old boy appears in their garden. As part of her profile in USA Today, Garner talks about her image as a mom that other woman can relate to. She also discusses how difficult life can be with the paparazzi following her family’s every move, which is something she’s reluctant to complain about, but you can tell it eats at her. Overall it’s a very positive piece that makes her come across like the genuine article, which her fans have believed for some time. Here’s more, with more at the source:

On why she’s called relatable:
She smiles wryly at the mention of her much-touted relatability quotient.
“It’s because I always look like I’m wearing the first thing I could find, which is the truth,” she says. “I don’t understand how you can make breakfast, feed a baby, get hair braided, get a lunch put together and get an outfit on. And I don’t have that gift anyway, to just put something on and have it look good. I just wasn’t born that way.”

On losing the baby weight:
“My kids have a lot to say about the appearance of how I look naked,” Garner says with a laugh, describing the three to four workouts she has been squeezing in with a trainer a week to lose her last 5 pregnancy pounds. In past pregnancies, “I’ve always kind of eaten what I wanted and gained 40 pounds,” she says. “And it’s a bummer to gain that much weight and then (have to lose it). But this time, I didn’t want to gain that much weight, so I was really super-careful. And I gained 60.” She shrugs and smiles, the universal what can you do?

On how her marriage and life have changed after kids.
Garner recognized the universality in Cindy Green and fought to play her. “I also floundered so much in the beginning,” she says, recalling watching her and Affleck’s lives change with the birth of their first daughter, Violet, now 6, and “falling in love again” with Seraphina, now 3.
“Now,” she says, sharing a photo of her chubby-cheeked, blue-eyed baby boy, “I just have crazy, crazy baby love.” Adding a boy to the family, so far, hasn’t changed much, Garner says. “My husband says that I’m different with him, but I think I’ve always been crazy about babies. But he thinks that. What does he know?” she jokes.

Married seven years, both have “gotten better at it,” she says. “It’s really fun. I probably am up in his grill less about stuff. I don’t think I’m a particularly controlling person, but I probably work less to make things fit a mold in my head. And he exceeds my expectations anyway.”

On dealing with the paparazzi
Garner’s everyday activities are, like many Hollywood moms’, excessively photographed. In her case, it’s “every day,” from 7 a.m. until bedtime, she says cautiously. Celebrities complaining about paparazzi is a tricky business, and not something she likes to “give energy to.” In her world, nannies at the park act as tipsters. Garner shares a photo showing 14 photographers pressed sardine-like against a pottery shop’s glass storefront, a row of lenses aimed straight at her.

Outwardly, she keeps calm, smiling, she says, for her children. “So inside, I rage, and outside, I go through it. I mean, life is good. I cannot complain. I would give anything for my kids not to be exposed, not to have to deal with this.” At this, her eyes water, but she steadies herself. “It’s just constantly a choice. Is it better for them to get (photographed) in the parking lot of this place but for me to be with them? It’s just something that I try my best to navigate.”

Leaving L.A. could help, “but it’s complicated,” Garner says. “Then we would be separated so much more.”

[From USA Today]

USA Today also has a video interview with Garner in which she goes into more detail about the film and her character. Those quotes aren’t in the article that I could find. She kind of made me want to see that movie, even though I know it’s going to be cheesy.

I admire how Garner deals with the paparazzi. I’ve seen videos of them hounding her family and it looks insane. She doesn’t harp on it, she doesn’t get outwardly upset, but she makes it clear that it’s not ok. She’s dealing with it the best she can. She’s not even dressing up to go out, it’s like she’s saying “F it.”

It also looks like her marriage is doing well and she’s happily balancing motherhood and work. It must not hurt to have a lot of help at home, but I can’t begrudge her that. I like her, I can’t help it. She doesn’t seem like she’s full of sh*t to me, and that’s rare.

Jennifer is shown out with baby Samuel in NY yesterday, 8-13-12. Credit: Hall/Pena, She’s also shown at The Odd Life of Timothy Green premiere on 8-6-12. Credit:

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  1. brin says:

    I like her too…she’s genuine and so relatable. Baby Samuel is so cute!

    • Tiffany says:

      I really like how genuine she is as well.

      I read a really good review of the movie in Variety yesterday. I was expecting them to give it an eye roll kind of review, but they made me think the story was done with a healthy balance that made it work really well. I am curious to see it now.

    • shaniqua nunyadambidness says:

      Dear Deity…that baby looks like Matt Damon.

  2. RHONYC says:

    he is the yummiest! Jen is a real pro at keeping her fam grounded while doin’ the Hollyweird thing. kudos! ;-)

  3. the original bellaluna says:

    Again, this is why we like her – she’s not BS’ing us with how “enlightened” she is or being pompous about “how she does it.” She just DOES it!

    This one is timely for me – just yesterday I was telling hubs how I couldn’t wait until Toddles got a little older and I could actually put on an outfit without having to inspect it for Doritos fingers and other various other toddler-like substances before leaving the house. (True story: week before last, I ran errands and went to the store in a dark green maxi dress with Toddles’ perfect hand-print in Nacho Doritos Orange on my arse. I’ve no idea how it got there, unless he was playing with it as it hung to dry.)

    • Zoelw says:

      That made me laugh so much! I went to the supermarket once with Peppa Pig stickers all over my arse that my 3 year old had secretly plastered all over me!

      Totally agree with you on her relatability too.

    • Zoelw says:

      That made me laugh so much! I went to the supermarket once with Peppa Pig stickers all over my backside that my 3 year old had secretly plastered all over me!

      Totally agree with you on her relatability too.

  4. cw says:

    that little baby boy is the cutest i’ve seen yet

    cute cute cute cute

  5. TheOriginalKitten says:

    She just strikes me as very self-aware. I like her a lot even if I don’t think she’s the best actress.

    • Genevieve says:

      ITA, O Kitten…

      I am completely unapologetic in my admiration for Jennifer Garner. As I am for all of my girlfriends who have navigated the multiple-toddler phase so beautifully.

      The average woman who has to figure out how to juggle showering, handling the needs of multiple little people, herding them into vehicles and wrangling the little tots through grocery stores, keeping her clothes “Dorito free (haha, @ O Bella) etc…does NOT have a pack of slavering paparazzi documenting her every move, outfit and weight fluctuation. Even more kudos to JG for that.

      Well done, Jennifer….WELL done :)

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      Ditto! I like her priorities and I appreciate she comes off as real.

  6. lucy2 says:

    I agree about the no BS. Either that or she’s a REALLY good actor!
    I think their kids are really cute and I like Jen and Ben, but I don’t understand the fascination with the family and why the paps are on them 24/7. It’s crazy! Give them a little space.

  7. Sarah says:

    Jennifer genuinely seems like a great wife and mom. She is so in love with her husband, and by all accounts, he’s not quite as “perfect” as she is. Good for her at loving him so well despite his imperfections. That’s a quality I admire in a way.
    Not to love someone so much you don’t see their flaws, but to know them and accept and move on is very touching.

  8. maggiegrace says:

    Baby looks like Ben!

  9. original kate says:

    she seems like a nice person, and she looks great in red. however, her new movie looks terrible.

  10. midnightmoon says:

    I barely recognize her in that red dress. Worst make-up/styling. She looks so RHOBH. Not her usual style at all! She’s moving into tryhard status to me. I liked her interview tho. And the kid looks like her at a younger age w/those luscious lips. Cute!

  11. What I like about you Jennifer is that you consistently do you. Never mind the media, just live your life as best as you can it their intense spotlight. You seem to have a lovely family. You never act like a whore, you and Ben are the best that we have to offer in these weird times. I’m proud of Ben and Matt the greatest compliment I can give them is that they have grown up NORMALLY.

  12. F5 says:

    Yes you do, Garner -_-

  13. dh says:

    holy crap- that baby does look like Damon

  14. Jill says:

    Aww look at little Ben Affleck!! That dress is not flattering her top, but she is still beautiful. She seems to have wonderful personality. Ben made the right choice and Jennifer Lopez…well you see where she is now. Dating Casper the ugly ghost.

  15. Amy says:

    I think she’s gone a great job of managing life in the fishbowl. Love that the kids look normal and not turned out in a “you have to be dressed to the nines because your whole life is a photo-op” manner, that one of them wears glasses and that JG lives her life as if she’s got nothing to prove.

    In my book, Ben Affleck dodged a major bullet when he didn’t marry the other chick with the same first name.