Jennifer Garner: ‘Ben Affleck can do a good ponytail. I taught him’

'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' screening
The people at Hallmark’s Home and Family show sent us a link to this interview their panelist Debbie Matenopoulos did with Jennifer Garner and Steve Carrell on the press junket for their new film. Garner and Carrell star in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a film based on the bestselling children’s book of the same name. (My kid has already told me he doesn’t want to see this movie despite liking the book. That’s fine with me, I just sat through Box Trolls.)

Matenopoulos asked Garner and Carrell if they can relate to their characters’ parenting foibles, and if they share responsibility with their spouses for getting the kids ready for school. Carrell said he shares duties with his wife, and Garner added “Ben Affleck can do a good ponytail. He might not have any tangles brushed through, but he can do it. I taught him.” That’s not exactly high praise, but at least Affleck helps. He should ask Chris Pratt for hair braiding lessons.

Later on, pregnant Matenopoulos told her co-hosts on the show that she and Garner go way back, since they share the same OB/GYN. Supposedly Garner told Matenopolous to talk to their mutual doctor for her. “Let her know I’m not having any more kids so stop pressuring me.”

Garner also did Jimmy Fallon’s show last night, where she told some parenting war stories. She said that her kids have been sick all month basically. Since Affleck was just on earlier this week, Fallon joked that Affleck was banned from the show since he was going to get everyone sick.

Then Garner told a story about her kids getting lice at school. My kid hasn’t brought that home yet, knock wood, but I remember going through this as a child. It was my brother’s fault! Here’s some of what she said, thanks to E!

That’s not even the worst of it,” Garner continued. “You could come home and get The Call from school. You could get The Call. It is coming your way! The Call is, ‘Hi, Mr. Fallon. Um, this happens a lot, so don’t freak out, but if you could come pick up Winnie. Your daughter has a very treatable case of lice.’” Making fun of Us Weekly’s long-running photo spread, the actress joked, “Stars are just like us!”

After one kid got lice, Garner said, “We all got lice. It’s making me itchy just to talk about it.” After scratching her scalp, she clarified, “This was years ago. It’s not right now. I’m totally fine right now.”

“They have people like the Lice Lady, and they come over and they comb painstakingly through your hair, and then they put something on your hair…It looks like the put Crisco in your hair but you smell a little bit like a mixture of sulfur and rosemary,” Garner explained. “And you do it everyday for a month!”

“Actually, the first time—the only time! The only time our family had this problem, it was a day I had been combed through. I was getting the kids happy while they did them and whatever. Ben had gone early and he’d showered. He came out and he said, ‘Hey, um, there’s a party. I wanna go. Let’s go.’ And I said, ‘I can’t. I need to shower.’ I mean, I’m in, like, cargo pants. I’m nasty in a thousand [ways]. He’s like, ‘Come on! I mean, we have a babysitter. I want you to come with me.’ So, I get in the car and I go with him because he acted like I was going to be high maintenance. I don’t ever want to be called high maintenance. I am not a high maintenance chick! So I’m like, ‘What’s the big deal? No one’s gonna notice,’” the star of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day recalled. “We show up and the first person I see is George Clooney, and I’d never met George Clooney. I was kind of like, ‘Ah, he’s so handsome! Like, oh, my God!’ So, I see him and I walk up to him and I’m chatting with him, just trying to act like it’s cool…and I can see that he smells me, you know? But he’s trying to be polite.”

“So, anyway, people keep asking why we weren’t at George’s wedding and we were both ‘working’ but I think he didn’t want Licey there,” Garner joked. “He’s like, ‘No, we don’t need the Afflecks. We’re OK!’”

[From E! Online]

That was a good story about how she met George Clooney but she still didn’t address whether they were actually invited to the Alamooney wedding. (I think they were, I think just about all the A listers were.) Also, they have a LICE LADY?! Of course they have someone who specializes in that, it’s LA. When we got lice as kids my parents had to do it all. I remember it vividly.

Garner also played a rousing game of Catchphrase with Fallon. That was fun to watch and you can see it on E! Online. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day comes out next week.

Jennifer Garner Spotted Out In New York

'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' New York Screening

Screening of 'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

Garner is shown out in NY yesterday. Credit: and FameFlynet

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  1. aims says:

    Thankfully I have never had or my kids have ever had lice. I hear it’s a real bitch to treat and clean up.

  2. Birdix says:

    I wonder how her kids feel about this story being told on national tv? There’s no shame on lice, but the oldest is 8, right? Hopefully they have a good sense of humor.

  3. HBIC says:

    My future husband will DEFINITELY know how to do my daughter’s hair… if I have a little girl one day. Jennifer gets props for teaching Affleck how to make ponytails.

  4. Nashville Girl says:

    Even for those of us who aren’t stars or in LA there is a version of lice lady. It’s a small company that specializes in lice removal. Expensive but totally with it if you get “the call.”

  5. Huh says:

    I’m not an Alamlooney fan but seeing Amal and Jen G. side by side on the main page — I know which one looks like a movie star and has actual charisma and seems intriguing, and it’s not Jen. I know Mrs. Gee Gosh Golly is supposed to be a Debbie Reynolds type but she’s just blah and a craptacular actress.

    I know she’s selling a family film but her stories are cloying and ingratiating and disingenuously self-deprecating to the extreme. ‘Stars, they’re just like us!’ She’s so funny! To her stans.

    • Kitten says:

      So you’re a fan, is what you’re saying.

    • Sugar says:

      So you kind of totally missed the point with Garner, didn’t you? Her career is NOT based on being a charisma-filled diva, but on being a hotter version of an everyday soccer mom. She can act, too. She’s actually quite competent. Watch her in Juno.

      That thing you’re mistaking for charisma in Amal is fame-whoring. Girl is chic but she loves a camera for sure.

      You misjudged both ladies.

  6. Dorothy#1 says:

    Lice is my worst fear! I always tell my kids not to share combs, hats or even put their head near anyone else’s. I had it as a child, it was my sisters fault!

    • Jennifer Williams says:

      Kids can also get lice in school because it jumps from one coat to the next or backpack while they are hanging on the hook. My daughter had it last year for the first (and hopefully the last) time. It was awful! I had to treat it the first day and then shampoo and comb out her hair for a month to follow! She has thick,long hair too! Not to mention treating all her headbands and bows, boiling all combs and brushes, washing all bedding, spraying everything. Gosh I’m itching now! Lice are terrible!

    • Alli says:

      Meh. It’s a major pain in the neck to get rid of but they are of no threat to your child’s health. I actually heard an annoyed school nurse tell a paranoid parent that if lice was the only health issue her child had to deal with, then thank her lucky stars.

  7. Kiddo says:

    I’m almost as creeped-out by this lice discussion as I am by the ^ photo near the links ^ under this story. But, honestly, I’m still less skeeved by the bugs.

    • Kitten says:

      I watched an ep of TD last night where he was wearing a tank top and I thought of you, Kiddo, and how excited you would be to see The McConaughey Meatiness so prominently displayed.

      …do I get extra points for working “meatiness” into there?

    • Kiddo says:

      @mimif, Just try it, I’ll be rapid-fire texting you with nekkid photos of the Deaner in cornrow braids.

      • mimif says:

        Actually, I would never taunt you for that, because meat is gross (and I just wanted to make you feel uneasy).

  8. Dummy dearest says:

    Oh ok

  9. don't kill me i'm french says:

    The movie must be as interesting as a visit to the dermatologist to talk about lice or kid sickness for promoting him

  10. Barbiegirl says:

    Her hair looks great… Who is her hairdresser? I want the same cut!! Not that I have her features but I love this haircut on her…

    • chick b. says:

      I have always had JG bang envy. When I try to wear my hair like hers my bangs curl up & frizz. Not attractive.

      I’ve always thought Garner was beautiful; she kicked so much ass in Alias. And she was adorbs with Mark Ruffalo in 13 Going on 30.

  11. Juluho says:

    For why with the stinky Crisco? When Hell unleashed lice for *this family* I used NIX and RID and cleaned my house like the camera people from Hoarders were coming and in a day and a half we had no nits and no reinfection. So why a month? Why do that to yourself?

  12. Anotherdirtymartini says:

    I remember a coworker out here (L.A.) was stunned that I never had lice as a child (or as an adult). I was a little insulted until she said that she had them (she started this odd convo with me) – her entire family had them. Re what Garber said – EVERY day for a month? Is that accurate? What a PITA.

    • Alli says:

      If you choose to do it the organic way which it sounds like the Affleck’s did. As soon as it came in my house, I dropped all my natural ways of doing things and put the chemicals on the kid’s hair. Even with that, there’s a good few days of vacuuming, constant sheet washing, comb throughs etc. No thanks… and those lice ladies aren’t cheap. LOL

  13. Anotherdirtymartini says:

    *Garner*, as in Jennifer. Pharking autocorrect wants to make this about her friend, Victor.