May 1, 2018 Comments Off on How Jennifer Garner Gets Her Hands Dirty (Literally) to Prioritize Health With Her Kids Articles, Once Upon a Farm

In the early aughts, Jennifer Garner’s portrayal of super-spy Sydney Bristow not only earned her a Golden Globe Award (and four Emmy nominations), but helped set a new standard for strong, smart, totally butt-kicking leading ladies on TV. Now, she’s teamed up with two other badass babes, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner (the creators of Girls), to return to prime time for the first time in over 12 years as the star of HBO’s Camping.

But to make room for her new role, Garner’s needed to shift things around in an existing one: mom of three kids. How does she make time for family meal prep and bedtime stories while also keeping up with a demanding shooting schedule and helping run Once Upon a Farm, the healthy baby food company she co-founded? I asked her.

Keep reading for Jennifer’s top healthy parenting tips.

You’re heading back to TV! What kind of a schedule does this mean for you and your family—are you looking at a total overhaul of your daily routine?
The schedule for TV is pretty intense—I’m gone 14 hours most days and have lines to learn when I get home at night. This job is great, though, because it’s an ensemble cast and not all on my shoulders—which means I do get a random morning or day off almost every week. And because we start most days super early in the morning, even with the longer days, I make it home to read to at least one or two kids after work.

My kids are used to the strange rhythm of production —I’m either very much home and available, or I’m working a bunch and leaving notes everywhere for them to find during the day. I have great help at my house and it all works out.

When life gets *busy,* are there certain moments or rituals you make sure you do with your kids every day?
There are lots of little traditions the kids and I have together. Right now our blueberry bushes are going nuts, so we sneak down and pick blueberries together on the weekends. But my most valuable time with the kids is bedtime—I have different books going with each of my kids and they each get their own time [with me], even if it has to be condensed!

I love that you like to garden and farm with your kids. How did this come about?
My mom grew up on a little farm in Oklahoma with cows, chickens, fresh veggies—you name it. Everything they ate, other than sugar and flour, they grew and raised. When I was a little girl, my mother always told me and my siblings fantastic, vivid tales of growing up on the farm during the summertime, when they would eat like kings, with fresh produce by the bunches and routine delicacies like homemade ice cream.

It’s that same enchanted love for homemade and fresh that defines how my family lives at home today. We have bee hives in our yard, my kids have their bee suits and like to get involved with it all—it’s so fun, it’s like a living science experiment. In our garden, we grow tons of fruits and vegetables and we’re so lucky to live where we live, because we can grow almost anything—we can’t stop planting new things!

Why is healthy eating so important for you and your family?
I was lucky to grow up eating garden-grown, fresh, homemade nutritious food with a mom who prepared our meals on a daily basis. I was well educated on how important of a role clean eating plays in our daily lives. It’s key for us to know exactly what we are putting into our bodies in order to feel good and alive with energy. This was my mom’s lifestyle, which she instilled in me and my sisters, and it’s what I want for my kids—and really, all kids, at the end of the day. That’s why I’m so passionate about Once Upon a Farm.

How did you get involved with Once Upon a Farm?
As a mom with my own three school-aged kids, it’s become something of a tradition to feed my family using that same farm-to-family approach. But the reality remains, I have three lunch boxes to pack each day. So I understand, firsthand, how much of a challenge making every meal “fresh” can be, especially when busy schedules demand parents to meal prep in advance.

When I cofounded Once Upon a Farm, it was if all the stars aligned. My decade of work focused on early literacy and healthy food access as a Save the Children ambassador and my passion for nourishing my family with those same wholesome foods suddenly exploded into this incredible opportunity for me to do good by families everywhere by making organic, farm-fresh foods delicious and convenient.

Is there one healthy food your kids hate?
There are plenty of healthy foods my kids don’t like! I have typical picky eaters, for sure. I would say we’re in the camp of not mixing flavors and textures more than we are picky about specific foods. I was the pickiest kid ever when I was little, so I try to stay calm when they turn down something I know they would love—but I’m not always successful.

How do you fit in workouts between work and family life?
I work out early—really early, and I always work out on both Saturday and Sunday, to give me more guilt-free days when things get too hairy during the week. For the past four years I’ve been loving working out with Simone de la Rue, who started Body by Simone. I love the classes—full of energy and movement and fun women, and would recommend them—or Simone’s awesome app! —to anyone.

What’s your favorite wellness habit with the kids?
I love to hike with my kids on Sunday afternoons. And I have been known to bribe them to meditate.

How do you unwind after a stressful day?
If we can get outside, even for a minute, the whole evening moves more easily.

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April 18, 2018 Comments Off on Stars Tell Us the Most Beautiful Thing Anyone Has Ever Said to Them Articles

People is ready to release their Beautiful Issue this week. They asked some celebrities, including Jennifer, what the most beautiful thing anyone has ever said to them.

JENNIFER GARNER
“If someone tells me there is something special about my kids, that is the nicest thing they can say to me.”

April 13, 2018 Comments Off on Vanity Fair’s Founders Fair Events, Images

Jennifer appeared at the Vanity Fair’s Founders Fair in New York City yesterday. I have added images from the event to our gallery.

Gallery Links:
Jennifer Garner Online > FILMS > 2016 | Mother’s Day > Captures | The Film

April 13, 2018 Comments Off on Jennifer Garner on the Seven Beehives, Six Chickens, and Occasional Oreo in Her House Articles, Events

The actress is committed to good food for kids, from her own children to her new business, Once Upon a Farm.

On occasion, Oreos do enter the home of Jennifer Garner. Her and Ben Affleck’s kids, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, who range in age from 12 to 6, haven’t just heard tell of this “cookie” thing, what with their two chocolate wafers bookending a pad of cream filling. It’s just that having an Oreo in the house “would happen on such a special occasion that it would be such a moment,” Garner told Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith at the second annual Founders Fair on Thursday.

“Or if Ben is around, that might happen. And then he gets credit for it. And I want to be like, ‘I like Oreos, too! I’m fun, too!’”

Garner is talking cookies at Vanity Fair’s forum for women and entrepreneurial leadership because she believes she’s making something better for kids younger even than her own. She joined former Annie’s C.E.O. John Foraker at Once Upon a Farm, a cold-pressed baby and toddler foodery, as the chief brand officer in September. Find pouches of the fruit and vegetable blends in the refrigerator aisle of your local grocery store.

How we feed children is on her mind, and has been for a long time. “Obviously the best thing to do is to be able to make homemade, healthy food, and I did that for my kids,” she told Smith. “I steamed it and I ground it and I would go to the restaurant and sit there and grind it and do the whole thing.

“And that’s great. But it’s not easy and we’re all really busy. And for the times when you want to feed your kids something as rich and textured and tasty as you would make, this is the obvious answer.”

Garner’s commitment to the project isn’t just rooted in her children. She bought her family farm in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, from her uncle and hired him to grow organic products for Once Upon a Farm. She admits, “It’s a little bit about the marketing of it, the authenticity of this is my family. This is what I come from, I am a farmer’s daughter’s daughter. If you go to my house in California, you will see—and this is a very L.A. thing, it’s still part of me—but you’ll see seven beehives, and you’ll see seven chickens. (Except now it’s six chickens because we just lost one.) And you’ll see a little orchard and a bunch of blueberry bushes and a garden we eat out of every single day.”

When Garner is not farming (or making baby food, or working with Save the Children, or raising her own children, or finishing her workout before most people wake up), you can find her on a screen near you. Garner is making her return to TV for the first time since Alias in Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s sophomore HBO show, Camping. It’s slated to premiere in 2019.

“What I love about TV is the relationships,” she told Smith. “You go to work long enough with the same people that you actually go through the I love you. This is the most fun. I think I might hate you. Actually, no. I love you and I love you for good. And that’s family. That’s why people always say, ‘Oh, our TV show was a family.’ When you can’t get rid of the other people, you’re stuck with them no matter what, you see them at their best or at their worst. That is what TV means to me. So far I’m only in love with this cast. I’m sure we’ll stay that way.”

Garner’s return to television doesn’t mean that she’s neglecting her film career. She flexed her fighting muscles once again for Peppermint, a revenge tale that opens this fall. “It was so fun. I didn’t realize how much I missed it. I fought and fought and fought. It was so fun to force myself to get back into that kind of shape and to force myself to train the way that I had to train and to fight a lot of people.”

Turning to the audience, she made one recommendation: “It’s really good for you. It’s really good for the soul. You should definitely find a way to get aggression out.”

Garner was the last speaker of the day at Founders Fair, and in naturally elegant Garner fashion, she tied a bow on the entire event. “My main, favorite goal, and I know this is a goal that’s shared with the amazing team I work with, is to have the first organic W.I.C. option for babies. . . . Otherwise, as they always say ‘cause it sounds cool to all of you people, ‘We want to disrupt a category. We’re gonna disrupt a category! We’re going to be an integral— I can’t even remember all the words, but we’re gonna go disrupt.

“I don’t know what in the world they’re talking about. I grin and smile, but I’m learning. And that is part of the fun and joy of being part of starting a business, that my brain gets turned on in a whole new way, and I was hungry for that.”

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March 22, 2018 Comments Off on Jennifer Sends a Musical Message to Reese Witherspoon Videos

Jennifer uses her musical talent to send a birthday message to her good friend Reese Witherspoon.

March 17, 2018 Comments Off on Mother’s Day Captures Images, Mother's Day

In 2016, Jennifer played a small part in the Garry Marshall film Mother’s Day. I have added captures from the film to the gallery.

Gallery Links:
Jennifer Garner Online > FILMS > 2016 | Mother’s Day > Captures | The Film

March 16, 2018 Comments Off on Love, Simon Stars Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel & Nick Robinson on The Film’s Message to LGBTQ Teens Love, Simon

Jennifer, Josh, & Nick spoke with People.com to talk about their new film and what they hope Love, Simon does for the world.

Although their film has already received rave reviews, the stars of Love, Simon hope that audiences will connect with the story on a personal level. In the film, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel play parents to high school-aged teen Simon (Nick Robinson) struggling to tell his loved ones he’s gay.

PEOPLE recently sat down with Garner, Duhamel and Robinson to discuss the emotional weight of the film and what they hope audiences and LGBTQ youth in particular take away from it.

“I hope that it’s inclusive, first and foremost,” Robinson, 22, said. “That people feel respected, represented as much as they can and that it is a fun way to spend a couple hours.”

Garner, 45, touted the film’s entertainment value as well as its emotional core: “We want to be entertaining. We want anyone who sees it to have a good time, and they should,” she said. “I think it’s a really fun comedy that anyone should connect to.”

The three actors said that one of the many reasons they wanted to be a part of Love, Simon — which is based on Becky Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda — is because it’s a universal coming-of-age story that also has a message of acceptance.

“So many times these movies are heavy-handed in some way or preachy, I never felt that from this,” said Duhamel, 45. “I think that that’s really why it works. I think that if there’s a message, it’s that it’s not that big of a deal if you’re lesbian, gay, straight, trans, whatever, you’re still a human being. We don’t have to make a huge deal of it. What I love about this movie is it’s not heavy-handed, it’s light and at the end of the day we’re just human beings, trying to exist.”

Added Garner: “To me, if I could say something that I hope that a teenage kid who’s struggling with whether to come out, what they’re feeling, I hope that they see this and don’t stay alone in their head,” she said. “I hope they find somebody, whether it’s Blue [Simon’s email confidant and crush in the film], whether it’s their mom, whether it’s a friend where they let themselves talk about what’s going on, because that’s the scariest thing when you’re alone with yourself in your head, especially for teenagers, that can be a big big wide dark place.”

Love, Simon is now playing in theaters.

March 16, 2018 Comments Off on Jennifer Garner Talks Emotional Reaction to ‘Love, Simon,’ Her Drag Queen Hairstylist and the Lesbian Role She Almost Had Love, Simon

Mothers of gay sons, Jennifer Garner is here to be your guide.

As Emily Spier, whose 17-year-old, Simon (Nick Robinson), has recently come out to her and her husband (Josh Duhamel), the actress is a ray of light and love in every frame she shares with her distressed gay son in 20th Century Fox’s gay-led teen love dramedy “Love, Simon.”

But the warmest: When Garner consoles Simon with teary eyes and the kind of eloquent post-coming out speech every gay kid’s mother wishes she had stored in her front pocket – and every queer kid hopes to hear. “These last few years, it’s almost like I could feel you holding your breath,” she tells her son. “You can finally exhale, Simon. You finally get to be more you than you’ve been in a very long time.”

Easing Simon’s worries with a comforting remedy of maternal support, validation and healing, she is Simon’s rock. But for every queer person whose heart Garner will touch, it’s because they also know her delicately chosen words are meant for every Simon.

And who better to give the film’s bolstering mom hug than the universally adored and real-life mother-of-three?

The ever-affable Garner has portrayed wigged shero Sydney Bristow on TV’s female-led espionage series “Alias,” which ran from 2001-2006 on ABC; an HIV doctor at the height of the AIDS epidemic in “Dallas Buyers Club,” director Jean-Marc Vallée’s 2013 three-time Oscar winner; and Marvel’s eponymous girl-kissing anti-heroine in 2005’s “Elektra.” Point being: Garner was already well on her way to achieving PFLAG-ish Dream Movie Mom status in a queer-centered film, one she’s undoubtedly proud of. “Thanks for hunting me down and insisting on an interview, because I’m so happy I’ve spoken to you,” Garner tells me.

During our exclusive one-on-one, Garner, 45, spoke about why she cried when she first read the “Love, Simon” script, the lesbian role her hair was too long for, being beautified by a drag queen as a kid and supporting a gay ex.

You’re so wonderful as a gay son’s loving mother it’s hard to believe you hadn’t played this role before. I have a feeling you’re gonna know a lot more gay people after this movie. The floodgates are open.

I know plenty now! That’s why I wanted to make the movie!

March 16, 2018 Comments Off on Jennifer Garner Has a Terrible Time During Ellen DeGeneres’ Blind Taste Test: ‘This Is The Worst Game’ Guest Appearances, Videos

Jennifer appeared on today’s Ellen DeGeneres show and People.com gives us an overview of her appearance.

Jennifer Garner‘s visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday ended with the Love Simon actress participating in a blind taste test — an exercise that she called “the worst game I’ve ever played.”

The 45-year-old actress is the co-founder of the organic baby food line Once Upon a Farm, which transports cold-pressed, freshly-made baby food from the farm to the grocery store refrigerator section.

“It’s all organic, all farm-fresh…it’s like we made it ourselves,” she told host Ellen DeGeneres during their sit-down chat, gushing about the product.

She may be regretting that plug now, though. Since Garner has become an expert at identifying flavors, DeGeneres thought it would be fun test her skills, blindfolding her and feeding her items like sweet potatoes, applesauce, lemonade, guacamole, and oranges—all in a row.

For each item Garner correctly identified, DeGeneres said she would donate $1,000 to one of Garner’s favorite charities, Save the Children.

“I’m a little bit nervous,” Garner said as the game began.

All was going well until DeGeneres fed her a bite of a pickle.

“I don’t like pickles,” Garner said. “This is the worst game I’ve ever played. You’re the worst!”

In the end, Garner correctly identified six items, but DeGeneres rounded up the number to ten — donating $10,000 to Save the Children from her friends at Shutterfly.

“Oh my gosh, thank you!,” Garner said upon seeing the oversized check.

Garner announced she was joining forces with Once Upon a Farm back in September, explaining in a press release that she is “passionate about childhood nutrition and making sure we are leaving a healthier and happier planet for the next generation.”

“I have three lunch boxes to pack each day and understand the problems that must be solved with serving fresh food to young children,” she said. “My mother made every single meal for me, and I have always been a big believer in staying connected to the earth, which grows our food.”

Recently, she took fans on a tour of the company’s headquarters in southern California, showing off her “first-ever desk.”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays in syndication (check local listings).

March 14, 2018 Comments Off on Josh Duhamel Calls Co-Star Jennifer Garner an “Incredible Woman” Co-Stars, Love, Simon

Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner appeared to have bonded over their real-life roles as parents as they filmed their roles as a mom and dad in Love, Simon.

The actor talked about their time working together in an interview with E! News’ Zuri Hall at the premiere of the movie in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

“Her kids weren’t on set, neither were mine. We were only there for I think, a week and a half, two weeks, working, but I went to Jen a couple times asking advice on certain things and she’s an incredible woman, she really is,” Duhamel said. “She’s very, very smart. She’s a lot funnier than I think people realize.”

Duhamel and ex Fergie are parents to a 4-year-old son, Axl, who is two years younger than Garner and ex-husband Ben Affleck’s youngest of their three children, son Samuel.

During the interview, Duhamel also talked about how he reacts to romance rumors that inevitably pop up about him and his co-stars, including Garner.

“It does truly amaze me what some of the things that are printed,” he said. “It’s like, how is that even legal? I try not to comment on it. It is what it is and it’s part of the business. We’re in the circus and that’s part of being in the circus.”

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