Jennifer Garner has been the subject of rumors ever since news of her separation and divorce from Ben Affleck became public fodder. Now, in an effort to hush those rumors and move forward with her life, Garner is coming forward to talk about the Affleck infidelity that wasn’t and the importance of her Alias role to feminism.
Miracles From Heaven Actresss Jennifer Garner Sets The Record Straight About Ben Affleck And The Nanny
It’s been months since Jennifer and Ben split up and the talk still persists about Affleck’s affair with the couple’s nanny. It’s something that Garner hopes to silence, particularly since it really wasn’t an affair.
“Let me just tell you something,” Ms. Garner told Vanity Fair. “We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation. Bad judgment? Yes. It’s not great for your kids for [a nanny] to disappear from their lives.”
While Affleck may not have done anything wrong in Garner’s opinion and they are all trying to move forward as a family, Jennifer says she has still had to do damage control. The media headlines created a buzz that has had Garner’s children asking too many questions, questions that children their ages shouldn’t be asking. Jennifer adds that they have added the word scandal to their vocabulary and that she has had to explain to them what that word means.
Jennifer Garner’s Alias Character Presented A Positive Female Hero With Sex Appeal
When it comes to positive female role models in the superhero world, film and television is desperately trying to catch up with where we should be as a society. Yet, for those that claim Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl or Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman are firsts, they’re forgetting that Linda Carter and a slew of other actresses had already paved the way.
Among those actresses was Jennifer Garner. When J.J. Abrams created Alias, he cast Garner as Sydney Bristow, part-time spy, and while Garner may not have had a cape or a magic lasso, she was all hero. Saving the day as a strong and sexy heroine, Jennifer thrilled fans for five years.
Ms. Garner says she’s never had as much fun with a character as she did with her Alias role. She adds that the cast were like family to her, especially Victor Garber, who played Sydney’s father on Alias. Over time, Victor became like a father to Jennifer and it was Victor who officiated over the wedding ceremony, when Garner and Affleck eloped. Jennifer still counts the experience as one of the happiest moments of her life, mostly because it was shared with the two most important men in her life.
“And I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would again,” Ms. Garner says. “You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had. He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that?”
Jennifer admits that Ben’s personality and charisma can be overpowering, but she also knows he’s complicated and that’s something with which she just can’t live.
“I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”
Meanwhile, as Miracles from Heaven nears its Easter release, Jennifer says she’s preparing for a resurgence of the gossip and headlines. She’s started by keeping things as private as possible. No internet. No social media. No CNN. Just Jennifer Garner and her family.
Miracles from Heaven is scheduled for a March 16 theatrical release.
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