Jennifer Garner has slammed the hacking of female celebrities’ photographs as “violent abuse”.
The ‘Men, Women & Children’ actress admitted that seeing stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Anna Kendrick have their intimate pictures stolen from their iCloud accounts and posted online earlier this year made her so angry, she wanted to “hurt somebody”.
She said: “It’s an invasion. It’s violent. It’s a violent abuse of women. They’re not just doing it to any woman. These women know when they’re walking down the streets that so many people have seen them in this way. It just makes me want to hurt somebody.”
The 42-year-old actress undertook parenting classes before having kids Violet, nine, Seraphina, five, and Samuel, two, with husband Ben Affleck but admits she doesn’t always get things right.
She told the new issue of Loaded magazine: “Sometimes as a parent it’s when you’re trying the hardest. It’s when you’re trying to do the most on their behalf that you’re f***ing up the most.”
And Jennifer admitted she related to her ‘Men, Women & Children’ character, overprotective mother Patricia who wants to keep her daughter away from the perils of the internet, very much.
She said: “I totally connected to the role. She made perfect sense to me. I don’t judge her at all.
“Patricia makes a lot of sense. It is scary out there. What I understand about her on a cellular level is that we would all do anything to keep our kids safe.”
Jennifer Garner, who stars in the new movie about the perils of the internet Men, Women & Children, has nothing particular against porn. She just doesn’t want her three kids to see it online before she’s had a chance to talk to them about sex. “I really hope my kids don’t run across stuff online that could appear violent to them,” she said in an interview with TIME.
Garner, who admits she takes a pretty disciplined approach to bringing up Violet, 9, Seraphina, 5 and Sam, 2, says she’s done a lot of thinking about how to teach her kids, especially her daughters about sex: she’s attended talks, she’s read books and she’s talked to experts, but says she’s still no quite sure what’s the right approach. Her own mother and father, whom she calls “the best parents in the world,” have still never talked to her about it. “I’m waiting for The Talk, mom, dad,” she jokes in the interview, which TIME subscribers can read here.
Of her kids, Garner says, “I want them to see sex as something joyful, as a gift, as a celebration of love and of their bodies. And I’ve never thought about that before, but it makes me feel really cool and hippie-ish to even think of it that way.”
Elsewhere in the interview Garner says she’s not nearly as connected online as her husband, Ben Affleck, and although she doesn’t want her kids to enter the digital world just yet, he may have other ideas. “It’s definitely a team sport, parenting,” she says.
While Garner says she quickly closes pages that have any mention of her or her family on them, she does sometimes take online courses. She was an active participant in a course run by New York Times writer Nick Kristof when his and his wife Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky came out. Anonymously, of course.
Because on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a movie star.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck really want to set a good example for their kids.
But just like the rest of the world, the Hollywood power couple has a hard time putting down their cellphones.
They’re at least trying. “Honestly, between us, playing dolls sometimes, it’s very easy to keep up your end of dolls and have your phone open and next to you,” Garner told me last night at the premiere of her new movie Men, Women & Children. “But I’m trying not to do that.”
She added, “You can have a tea party and returning emails—trust me. But I’m trying not to do it.”
The Jason Reitman-directed film centers on a group of teenagers and their families as they navigate technology and social media.
“I don’t know if social media scares me,” Garner said. “I think it’s really hard for kids to understand that what seems like fun can be exploitative and that they can exploited online. That’s just something we’ll all have to figure out as a society.”
For now, Garner says her and Affleck’s kids aren’t old enough for their own mobile devices. “We just have to develop more and more rules, but for now, I think we’re starting to be aware that our kids are watching us and we’re starting to have more conversations about, ‘Oh, my gosh, I have to put this down and focus.'”
While Garner may not have a big social media presence, she did reveal her favorite app. “Zite,” she said. It’s like a magazine and it sends you all your favorite things. So mine are West Virginia, world news, kids, parenting, relationships, healthy living, food and cooking… It just curates exactly what I want to read.”
The movie, opening in limited release today and expanding nationwide on Oct. 17, also includes Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kaitlyn Dever, Dennis Haysbert, JK Simmons and Elena Kampouris.
Jason Reitman isn’t nervous about talking about his latest big screen drama, but Jennifer Garner seems a bit daunted being the only actor on hand to talk about the ensemble drama Men, Women, & Children (opening in Toronto this Friday, and expanding across Canada over the next several weeks) on behalf of her incredibly stacked cast.
“When I was told that I was going to be the only actor here with Jason, I’ll admit that I freaked out a little bit in my head,” Garner joked before getting down to business during a sit down with press for the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. “There was a part of me that was thinking, ‘Man, I really need Adam Sandler for this.’”
Garner, who plays an overprotective mother trying to shield her daughter from the dangers of the internet in Reitman’s film, has little to worry about. She has a natural rapport with Reitman even when they don’t necessarily agree on the questions they’re answering. Plus, they have a history that works in their favour. Having worked previously on the Oscar nominated Juno, Reitman passed along his adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel (co-written with Chloe and Secretary writer Erin Cressida Wilson) on a plane ride while both were on the way to the set of father Ivan Reitman’s previous film, Draft Day, which also co-starred Garner.
The film places the focus on how the connected world of the internet serves to make personal connections in the real world even harder. Garner’s on screen daughter, played by Kaitlyn Dever, has been hiding a crush on a boy she really likes (played by skyrocketing young star Ansel Elgort). The boy she like has quit his star spot on the football team while dealing with his mother’s sudden departure to be with another man. Meanwhile in the same small Texas town, a couple (Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt), a struggling single mother (Judy Greer) unwittingly exploits her daughter’s attractiveness under the guise that it will help the young woman’s modelling career, and a cheerleader with anorexia (Elena Kampouris) fights to get noticed by her peers. Continue reading “Interview: Jason Reitman & Jennifer Garner”
Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt and Judy Greer say Jason Reitman film made them consider what they were modeling for their kids.
Jennifer Garner’s latest film isn’t a horror, but it scared the heck out of her.
“Men, Women & Children,” a dramedy opening Wednesday, is a cautionary tale about kids and the pitfalls of technology.
The movie “made us take a good, hard look at what we’re modeling for our kids, and remind them that a person in front of you is more important than the person [they connect to virtually],” says the 42-year-old actress and mother of three with husband Ben Affleck.
In the film, directed by Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”), L.A. teens Chris (Travis Tope) and Hannah (Olivia Crocicchia) carry on a sexting relationship that’s echoed by the tech-obsessed adults in their lives. Chris’s dad Don (Adam Sandler) is more into online porn than he is his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt), leading to her exploring online partners herself. And Hannah’s mom (Judy Greer) posts provocative pics of her wannabe-model daughter on a website. Then there’s Patricia (Garner), who delves too deep into her daughter Brandy’s (Kaitlyn Dever) social network.
DeWitt and Greer agree with Garner that the Internet adds another level to monitoring and protecting children. Continue reading “Pitfalls of technology became clear to female stars of ‘Men, Women & Children’”
Her husband, Ben Affleck, has a Twitter account, but don’t look for Jennifer Garner to be Tweeting any time soon.
“I have an official Facebook page. I’m not on Twitter, Instagram,” she tells PEOPLE.
“I have a couple of reasons,” says the star of Men, Women & Children, who posed with costar Kaitlyn Dever for PEOPLE’s behind-the-scenes portfolio at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“One, I don’t want any more guilt coming from my phone or computer. I have the hardest time answering emails, anyway, so the last thing I want to feel is indebted to my phone or computer. So it’s time.”
“And the other is, what would I Instagram that people would want to see. There is nothing I would put out that people would want to see. It’s probably best to stay away. They don’t want to see me and my mom friends after kindergarten drop-off.”
In Men, Women & Children – a movie about how the Internet affects people’s love lives – Garner and Dever play mother and daughter. “It was so easy,” says Dever. “I feel like we’re owed one more [film],” adds Garner.
Jennifer Garner is refusing to phone in on family time.
When it comes to her kids — Samuel, 2½, Seraphina, 5½, and Violet, 8½ — and cell phones, the mom-of-three doesn’t plan on giving over the goods any time soon.
“Not for a long time — they don’t need it. Until I really feel the need, but that’s where I’m strict,” the Men, Women and Children star, 42, tells Entertainment Tonight Canada.
“I’m not there yet … I know I’m a long way from feeling like that’s something we need in our lives.”
But the actress and her husband Ben Affleck aren’t just laying down the rules for their children. The couple are making an effort to curb their own phone use to stop technology from taking over their time together.
“We police each other, we police ourselves, we just try to have guidelines,” she explains.
“This movie was actually great. In making it … it made me say, ‘Gosh, we’re modeling for these kids what we’re going to expect from them at a certain point.’ “
She adds, “We’re on the same page about it totally.”