While some of the actors in Jason Reitman’s new film “Men, Women and Children” might have thought twice about their reliance on social media after making the tech-filled film, Jennifer Garner says she hasn’t changed her stance because she doesn’t use it at all.
“I’m not on social media,” says Garner, during a press conference for the film Friday.
“I don’t understand what I would have to offer – that I would be willing to give – and I certainly would never pimp out my children and that’s really what people are interested in. And I’m not going to talk about my marriage on social media. Really, other than that it’s just a time suck.”
In the film Garner plays Patricia Beltmeyer, an over-protective mom who is so scared of the impact the Internet might have on her daughter, she censors every e-mail and text message she receives.
She has even started a group called PATI – Parents Against The Internet – and holds meetings to educate other parents about the dangers lurking online, handing out pamphlets on the dangers of “selfies.”
As a parent herself, Garner (who has daughters Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and son Samuel 2, with husband Ben Affleck) says she plans to tackle the subject with open, frank conversations.
“Hopefully this movie will spark that for some people . . . it’s just about conversation and communication and building that trust really slowly and having really firm, clear boundaries set in place.”
“Men, Women & Children” also stars Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Judy Greer and Dean Norris as adults navigating the world of technology and how it has changed them and their love lives, as a group of high school students (Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Kaitlyn Dever, Ansel Elgort, Katherine Hughes, Elena Kampouris and Travis Tope) try to do the same.