Jennifer Garner: ‘I blame my pudginess’ on Ben Affleck’s strict diet for Batman

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Somehow the very svelte Jennifer Garner thinks she’s “pudgy.” She’s like the friend you avoid hanging out with who is much skinnier than you (me) who keeps lifting up her shirt to complain about a tiny roll on an otherwise flat stomach. Sometimes those type of friends are genuinely clueless and sometimes they’re humble bragging. I do have a friend who truly thinks she’s gaining weight when she remains a size two, and that’s kind of how I see Garner. Anyway Garner made these comments in an interview on Ryan Seacrest’s show, where she referenced her “pudginess” as a kind of reaction to her husband Ben’s strict Battfleck diet. Here’s some of what she said:

“There’s something about it… whenever one of us has to be really good, the other one pudges up. I don’t know why it is, but I blame my pudginess on his strict and disciplined place in life. There’s something about it that just makes me like, ‘Well, I’m gonna have a bonbon. I’m gonna have some ice cream.'”

“He worked out twice a day and ate only what was put in front of him by some very mean, mean person… Everything was cut out… If I made dinner and it was a healthy dinner, he wouldn’t even look at it, in case something hadn’t been steamed.”

[From Ryan Seacrest’s show via US Magazine]

As further evidence for her nonexistent “pudginess,” Garner’s skirt accidentally flew open on the red carpet for her new film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She was wearing Spanx shorts. Girl, you are in no way pudgy and you don’t need Spanx!

In another new interview, on Ellen, Garner explained that she has two films to promote to Ben’s “little movie.” She’s of course joking, since Gone Girl is top at the box office. (Alexander is out this week and Garner has Men, Women and Children, an exploration of technology’s effect on relationships, out next week. It’s only in four theaters though.)

To Ellen, Garner talked about Ben showing the full monty on Gone Girl. Honestly, this made me intrigued enough to consider running out and seeing the film. Kaiser just informed me that you barely get a glimpse of it, though, and that Neil Patrick Harris’ junk gets more airtime. So now I want to see it for NPH. Garner told the audience “You’re welcome” for the flash of her man’s bits and added “I consider myself a charitable person and I wanted to give back.” Then she explained how Ben broke the news to her that he was going full frontal. She put on a deep voice and said “Hey, you know, at work today Fincher talked me into coming out of the shower.”

Oh cool, I hope he had on a wide lens.” Badumbum. Here’s that segment of Garner’s Ellen interview.

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  1. Loopy says:

    Reminds me of my friend, she is always on some diet or fitness craze, and when i say I am also going to join something ,she is like’oh no your fine you don’t need it’ and i am twice her size.

    • frivolity says:

      Sounds like your friend has an eating disorder. Oftentimes, one of the symptoms is trying to keep your friends well-fed and plumper than yourself. Sad for her, though it is also sad for you because that is hard to put up with. =(

      • emma33 says:

        Sounds like it to me too. I used to have a friend with diagnosed Anorexia. She found it hard to eat alone (she just wouldn’t do it), so in college we used to eat dinner together. She would always give me these massive servings of food and it took me a few days to work out why; she felt more in control when I was eating more food than her.

        So, it sounds like your friend might have some kind of disordered eating.

      • Summer says:

        I am a recovered anorexic. During those dark days I liked to prepare food for other people and watch them eat it for the vicarious pleasure of it, not because I wanted them to be fatter than I was. I also enjoyed reading foodie magazines and cookbooks for the same reason. I suspect that that is true for some others with eating disorders.

    • susiecue says:

      or she’s just being polite??

  2. Franny Days says:

    I never noticed the frontal nudity in gone girl. I saw NO peen. Am I blind?

    • OriginalTessa says:

      In the shower at the end? Maybe? I didn’t notice it either.

      • AlexandriaTheGreat says:

        Make that 3–I’m like, HOW DID I MISS THE PEEN??? Were the sour patch kids that distracting?

        (yes, always.)

      • Liv says:

        I forgot to pay attention. I heard of it before but after I watched the film, I couldn’t remember him being shown fully naked. Crap.

      • kimbers says:

        Well if none of noticed …it’s probably not worth seeing

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Believe me, I was looking, hard, and I didn’t have one peen sighting!

      • kri says:

        I swear I did not see the Bat Peen, and I looked-it must have stayed in the cave, Also, I feel like Jennifer G may be the real Amy Dunne. No wonder I felt like Ben wasn’t really “acting” in the movie.

    • lenje says:

      Yeah, I didn’t see Ben’s. On the other, I DID see NPH’s!!

      • starrywonder says:

        Yeah I don’t remember his peen. I saw NPH’s peen though. For a while there lol

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I knew it was in the “shower scene” so I was looking slightly lower than waist high that entire scene, lol!

      I saw it! It was from the side. The shot is mainly focused on her through the glass shower walls, and he is walking from the left side of the screen to the right and you see the top as it hangs there. I have to admit…it made me smile.

    • Exaggerate says:

      *SPOILERS* It was when Nick had to get into the shower with Amy, who insisted so she could be sure he wasn’t wired. I was watching out for it but it turns out Affleck and the rest of the cast who’d mentioned it in interviews (I don’t know if they did, but he def pointed it out) were exaggerating. You couldn’t see anything. At all.

  3. BendyWindy says:

    While she’s not “pudgy” it does look like she’s put on a few pounds. Meh. And as for her not needing spanx, pssh. Ninety-percent of the population can benefit from Spanx. It’s not necessarily a need, but it does not hurt.

    • Jamie says:

      Truth. Spanx are never a necessity… but they have an uncanny ability to make just about everyone, no matter how slim, look a little better, especially in flimsy materials like silk or satin.

      Jen Garner is in no way pudgy. I’d trade bodies with her in an instant and I’m a decade plus younger.

  4. OriginalTessa says:

    Well, the tabs have her pregnant every other day because sometimes she has a food baby or appears a little bloated. To her she probably thinks that little bump is pudge, when really it’s just the result of three children.

    • Kristen says:

      This. Everyone is constantly saying she’s pregnant because of her occasional belly pooch, so I don’t blame her for having a bit of a complex about it

    • Luca26 says:

      Yeah that was my thought too. Pregnancy rumors every few months would make anyone self conscious about their weight.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I completely agree. Based on what the media says, can you blame her for not presenting herself as if she had the body of a Victoria’s Secret model?

      I can’t imagine the effects on a person’s self esteem when they are accused of being pregnant repeatedly. That would mess with my head.

    • Belle says:

      Actually, in this interview with Ellen, Jennifer addressed the constant pregnancy rumors. She said that she DOES have a bump…. which is a result of having three children, and that its not going anywhere. So, she seems fully aware that her bit of tummy is from having children, and she also seemed fine with it…. or at least okay enough to joke about it.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    They have an odd relationship. The whole I’m eating ice cream because my spouse can’t thing seems almost hostile to me.

    I have friends who are skinny and complain about being fat. I agree that some are serious and some are just full of it. Either way, it’s sort of annoying. Lol

    • jinni says:

      I too think it’s odd to gorge on junk food in the presence of someone that needs to be on a strict diet. Wouldn’t that make more difficult for the person that can’t eat what they want? It would seem to me that refraining from eating, talking about eating or even having junk food in the house would be the most supportive thing to do.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Right, when I’m on a diet, eat ice cream in front of me at your own risk. But maybe she was just joking, as Jayna says.

      • Betty says:

        My husband eats ice cream and other goodies in front of me, when I’m trying to detox from sugar. It’s not that bad because it gives me more willpower in the workplace where there’s always donuts, cupcakes, scones, etc.

    • Jayna says:

      It sounds like she’s just being funny on a talk show and embellishing the story. I always appreciate her self-deprecating sense of humor on talk shows and trying to tell a good story and entertain the audience.

      The girl can’t win.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I didn’t mean to sound negative about her. I actually like her and think she’s a nice person. But I do think they have an odd relationship. Sort of like they’re grimly sticking it out for the kids or something.

    • Bridget says:

      It seems a little less hostile considering that she’s had to do those miserable diets and training periods too. I think its more of a knee jerk reaction to all the deprivation, like just looking at someone’s egg whites and steam veggies makes you want some ice cream, especially if you’ve done that to yourself before.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        I think of it in terms of her wanting something she knows she shouldn’t have. I still smoke. When people even talk about not smoking, what’s the first thing I want? A smoke. It’s just the way many of us are wired. If my husband were on a strict diet and I knew I shouldn’t eat stuff around him, it would make me want to eat stuff. I don’t know that I actually would do it, but it would be on my mind. Rebel w/out a cause thing.

      • Bridget says:

        There’s a reason why really restrictive diets aren’t great for long term weight loss – it just makes you want to indulge more.

    • Mean Hannah says:

      It doesn’t have to be hostile, I think. My husband and I have been the same combined weight for a decade. As in, when I gain weight, he loses, and vice versa. Though maybe you are right, since we don’t have a great relationship and it’s been slowly dying for the past three years.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Holy crap! Way to just throw that out there. Hope you’re joking, but if not, at least you’ve got us – the weird, judgy, fault-finders of Celebitchy threads.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I’m sorry. I have been there, and it’s very painful and lonely. I hope it gets better for you.

  6. jinni says:

    Well considering that just recently people were speculating about her being pregnant with their fourth kid because of how much her stomach stuck out, I could understand why she thinks she looks pudgy.

  7. Charlotte says:

    Maybe she is just being self deprecating for the sake of a ‘cute story’, but that can be dangerous for little ones watching and hearing her refer to her lithe form as ‘pudgy’, and hearing it as a negative. I really like her, but maybe not the best move. And again, this is why I’m so glad I’m not a celebrity; I only have to deal with being blamed for messing up my own kids.

  8. Lori says:

    Wasn’t it just this summer when all the tabloids were announcing that Jenn was Pregnant because she had a little belly in a few photos. No wonder the woman has it all strapped down in spanx. That was brutal and you can’t tell me that it doesn’t make her feel bad when she has to get her Publist announce that she’s not 4 months pregnant, she’s eaten a hamburger.

  9. serena says:

    Well, she talked about ‘pudginess’ because of the tabloids ‘she’s pregnant’ stories.

  10. Rusty machine says:

    Funny. I don’t remember any man bits either.

    The biggest thing I got from this article was “wow I always forget that Steve Carrell is such an attractive man”.

  11. Ginger says:

    I saw the movie last weekend. (Really good depiction of the book BTW) You don’t see his man bits. Maybe at home when its out on DVD IF you paused it! LOL! But you do see his butt. Very nice too. And yes, Neil Patrick Harris gets more play than Ben does. I have to add that I’m very pleased to see a man’s nude scene being talked about rather than a woman’s. This makes things interesting!

  12. Jaderu says:

    I really like you Jennifer. No seriously. I do. But, I have heard more than enough now about your husbands yahoo. It’s the size of Australia and full of “wonder sperm”. Yay. Now stop it.

  13. Bridget says:

    Compared to her Alias self, carrying an extra 10 lbs could seem ‘pudgy’, I guess.

    Ben Affleck is a fool if he ever drives her away or leaves her.

  14. Rhiley says:

    Please don’t think I am body shaming when I write this, but I do think Jennifer Garner dresses in ways that make her look heavier than she probably really is. She wears frumpy sweaters with turtle necks and clunky oxfords. Or really baggy flannel shirts with drab wet hair and flip flops. Her jeans often don’t fit her right or she will wear really baggy pants, baggy sweater, and throw her hair up in a loose ponytail. Her red carpet style is usually spot on, but her street style is usually terrible. But I think sometimes she dresses like that to propel the bump rumors. Whenever Daddy Ben has something to promote she usually walks around looking frumpy, I think, to get people to speculate if she is pregnant.

  15. InvaderTak says:

    It might be stfu time Jen. Is she doing his promotion for him now? She seems to be talking about his projects more than he does.

  16. KelT says:

    I think after three kids she’s likely to have a leftover ‘pooch’ that sticks out maybe after she’s had a big meal, otherwise she’s tiny. Spanx is likely holding it in most days, but the paps are always chasing her around when she looks her worst.

    On another note, I’ve noticed on the Capital One commercials how pretty she really is.

    • Belle says:

      I posted this above, but in this same Ellen interview, she talks about the pregnancy rumors… jokes about them even. She basically says that she does in fact have a bump… a result of having three children, and that it isn’t going anywhere (kind of telling everyone to get used to it…lol).

      Agree that when she is out and about doing errands, and with the kids, she doesn’t wear spanx and some clothing and/or angles show a bit of bumpy stomach. I can’t believe someone posted above that she purposely dresses to fuel the rumors when she is trying to promote something… um, I don’t think so. I think it is more likely that she just isn’t all that focused on her clothes when out running errands.

  17. Ana says:

    I usually like her but this is definitely *eyeroll* material. WHEN was the last time you heard someone eat a BON BON? She’s lying.

  18. Ms. Turtle says:

    I like Jen Garner – I was a huge Alias fan back in the day – and she seems like an upstanding girl. But I can’t help thinking I would not be surprised if someday down the road this marriage ended. You can tell she loves the guy, but I’m guessing it’s a marriage where she becomes the naggy shrew when Ben falls into his vices now and then (and we all know what they are, ahem). She wants him to be his best self, he likes that she’s there for him and she seems to be a good mom. But I always feel like this marriage is precariously perched. Am I the only one? I see pics of them at the farmers market and I think to myself, “Don’t nag him, Jen! Don’t eff this up, Ben.” I guess bc I’m a celeb gossip addict, in all the crappy unions in Hollywood, I’d like to see them go the distance. Except I don’t have faith that they will.

    • Jaded says:

      She’s given Ben more than enough chances to grow up – with his alcoholism, addictive gambling, possible adultery, she’s been a constant support and clearly loves him despite his shortcomings. So it’s not about her being shrewish or a nag, it’s about her being compassionate and caring enough to help him deal with his demons in a way that guarantees the marriage and family will stay together and stay strong.

      • Ms. Turtle says:

        I should have put “naggy shrew” in quotes because I’m not saying I think she is one. But that that is going to be her role if they ever split. Do you know what I mean?

  19. cat says:

    I am curious as someone who only recently has watched two interviews with Jennifer Garner – and had only read some print interviews. Was she always this over the top-animated? (I hope she isnt reading comments about herself anywhere because she seems like a nice person – but this is not how I pictured her from reading her in print.) She just seems a little off but maybe that is how she is? I cannot recall the other one I watched right now – maybe Jimmy Kimmel? When she talks about Ben in particular…

    I did not like Gone Girl the book at all and could not figure out why it was so highly talked about. I am not sure about seeing the film…

    • BadAssCompass says:

      she seems a bit overexcited but in a nervous, insecure way here, even Ellen is a bit like ‘what?’
      I also like her based on her Alias days, and her dimples make her seem like a cute, positive person (contrasted to Ben’s forever miserable face), but maybe there’s more to it..

      • MoxyLady007 says:

        I think it’s the whole having to be “on” for interviews thing. You need a good clip, a good sound bite- something to promote both your husbands work and yours. And you have 2-4 minutes. Plus she doesn’t do much press like this anymore. I think it’s probably hard striking the right note and balance.

  20. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Blame it on Ben for not birthing the babies and if he can make her lips full like that then why is she complaining?

  21. JenniferJustice says:

    She’s not pudgy. She’s just doesn’t have a hard body. I get the spanx thing. Is it possible that spanx is ever a bad idea?

    • BadAssCompass says:

      I’m really curious about spanx, we’ve only had it recently introduced in stores, first it was HE and now some cheaper versions are available, but I don’t see it as popular as in say, States. Many pieces are left at the sales. Honestly it took me a decade to get comfortable with push up bra as I feel with these ‘enchancers’ like a fraud, not to mention the Bridget Jones scenes when you come to the undressing part haha. It’s like modern day corsets, except, corsets in long term modelled your phisique and spanx is just a patch, right, I mean it has no real ‘benefits’ of tucking things in, at the end of the day you’re left with your body.

  22. Stoner says:

    She looks super cute in these pictures.

  23. sweetpea says:

    She is making these comments because the tabloids keep focusing on a baby bump which is probably a bit of a stomach left over from her third child. Which is ridiculous. And its ridiculous that she is being criticized for that and now criticized here for defending it.

  24. Alexis says:

    She’s thin, but not a twig, and the tabs never let her forget it. They tear her apart for having a teeny belly after a meal or something. It’s crazy, when she looks great for anybody, much less a fortysomething mom of three. At some point you just have to try to laugh about it. I don’t judge her for these comments at all.

  25. Sarah says:

    I know they’re probably extensions, but her hair is glorious. So thick and shiny!

  26. Jaded says:

    She just gets more and more beautiful as she gets older.

  27. Lucinda says:

    I like her. I like this interview.

  28. Lisa says:

    Why do I feel that Jennifer works like a PR person for Ben. It seems like it. Poor girl! She is working hard to promote 4 movies, Alexander, MWC, Gone Girl and Batman. Ben doesn’t actively say anything to help her out. I am almost close to believing that their marriage is now just for business. On twitter today, someone tweeted that she saw Ben at a party and making out with another woman. Twitter gives you information you don’t read on webs or magazines. Also, watching Ben on Real Time on Friday made me wonder if he treats Jennifer like that. What a bully!

  29. Amy says:

    I tried to pay attention in the shower scene but it was so fast and shot from mostly the waist up. The attention is mostly focused on Amy covered in blood washing herself off in the shower. If anything, we see more of Rosamund Pike in that scene than Ben Affleck. Youblink and you miss it. However I’m not sure I remember NPH doing full frontal?

    The only scene that had me OMG-ing and had my sister closing her eyes because of the violence (and we both read the book) was the scene with NPH in his lake house. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t see the movie/read the book but you all know what scene I’m referring to. The disconcerting music, the way it was shot, the way the camera kept fading to black/fading to the scene and the end result. More shocking than any so called nudity of manly bits!

    The scene that had me LOL-ing was the scene with Ben Affleck in an airport wearing a Mets hat. I remembered reading an interview in which he refused to wear a Yankees hat because he’s a die-hard Red Sox fan and as soon as I saw him wearing the Mets hat I started laughing.

  30. diva says:

    I can’t get into her. She seems nice but very needy and a try hard.

  31. Lily says:

    She’s too bubbly… Something isn’t right when people act like that. She’s overcompensating. It doesn’t even look natural.

    And yes she is way more “Ben this, Ben that” than he talks about her. He might just be more private generally but i suspect he couldn’t care less anymore. He looks like crap. And if he ever got free he would just be the “cheating gambling alcoholic drug addict who walked out on sweet spanx wearing Jenny garner” and it would all be downhill from there.