Ben Affleck is one of those celebrities who is just like us, in some ways, as he admits that being a dad is a huge priority for him — but it doesn’t mean he can just leave work behind when he is home for the day.
Affleck is married to fellow actor Jennifer Garner, and the pair have two daughters, Violet and Seraphina, as well as a son named Samuel. But the Good Will Hunting star says that worries over work are ever-present, and just because Hollywood sounds exciting doesn’t mean actors like him don’t sit at home at night fretting over career concerns, too.
Ben says that he tries to be in the moment with the kids, but it doesn’t always pan out that way. If you’ve experienced that little moment of guilt when you’re pretending to watch Spongebob with your kid and still getting stressed about how the next day on the job will pan out, Ben Affleck feels you, bro.
“I’m not very present in the rest of my life. My wife’s very patient. She does everything … If I have time, I try to spend time with the kids, even if just to be a physical presence, the bath, whatever. But my mind’s always going, ‘How are we going to light that shot tomorrow? What’s the master shot for that scene? Is there even going to be a master?’ Just ruminating endlessly.”
Okay, who totally likes Ben Affleck more now? The Smokin’ Aces actor continues:
” … for me—I wish it was discipline or being a great artist. But it’s just anxiety.”
Can you relate to Ben Affleck’s distracted parenting moments? Do you know what it’s like to not be able to stay on-task when on-task is a game of Apples to Apples?