Jennifer Garner interview: Mrs Ben Affleck on juggling fame and family

Jennifer Garner, the star of The Odd Life of Timothy Green, talks to Helena de Bertodano about Ben Affleck’s gossip-fuelling Oscars speech, why her career has taken a back seat to his (until now) and how she dealt with being stalked for seven years.

Jennifer Garner is on tenterhooks. She is sure she can hear rustling in the bushes around where we are sitting in the back garden of a house overlooking the Malibu coastline.

She stops talking mid-sentence and sits alert, like a startled animal ready to flee.

‘I thought I heard a paparazzi lens,’ she says, eyes scanning the thick shrubbery around the house (it’s rented for the photo-shoot).

Garner, 40, who stars in the new film The Odd Life of Timothy Green – a fantasy drama about a couple who long for a child and suddenly find themselves the parents of a magical boy – shrugs and starts talking again.

‘Usually I’d see the light on the lens so maybe it’s just the leaves.’ But she remains uneasy. ‘I could swear there is someone there.’ Continue reading “Jennifer Garner interview: Mrs Ben Affleck on juggling fame and family”

Celeb Chat with Nancy O’Dell: Jennifer Garner

The popular actress has a lot to celebrate these days, including a starring role in this month’s Disney film, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and a new addition to her family (little Samuel). I recently spoke to the mom of three about adding a baby boy to her house full of girls, balancing work and family, and her best parenting advice.

Nancy O’Dell: The couple in The Odd Life of Timothy Green is dealing with infertility issues. Do you hope that the movie brings attention to infertility and adoption?

Jennifer Garner: I do love that the movie is so positive about adoption and has something to say about how a child can come into your life in so many ways. Once they’re yours, they’re yours, and you never look back. I think that is a really important message to have out there, and it’s important to recognize what struggles women have. I have several friends who are going through, or have gone through, incredible issues trying to have a child. That’s a story that deserves to be told, and these women need to be hugged because that’s heartbreak right there. Continue reading “Celeb Chat with Nancy O’Dell: Jennifer Garner”

Garner embraces her own ‘Odd Life’

America’s most relatable celebrity mom, Jennifer Garner, has just made an unremarkable solo entrance at her favorite watering hole, Tavern, where she recently shared an anniversary dinner with her husband, Ben Affleck.

She waves from the hostess stand, slides into her seat and orders a skim latte. Her brown eyes aren’t glazed, but they should be: Baby Samuel, 5 months, issued a 3 a.m. wake-up call last night.

“I’m seven hours into my day, but it’s looking up,” she says in her characteristically upbeat tone.

In “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” which was released Wednesday, she plays Cindy Green, one half of a childless couple who has run out of ways to conceive. At wit’s end, she and her husband, Jim (Joel Edgerton), split a bottle of wine and dream up attributes (“Picasso with a pencil”) of the perfect child they’ll never have. Overnight, the Greens are magically gifted with 10-year-old Timothy (CJ Adams), who embodies all of their handwritten notes. Continue reading “Garner embraces her own ‘Odd Life’”

8 Things Jennifer Garner Knows for Sure

The star of The Odd Life of Timothy Green on bedrock advice, ingenious pizza and the secret to jumping off a building.

The advice I live by…

This came from my mom: Happiness is your own responsibility. You can’t look to your relationship, to your kids, to your career, to your anything from the outside to fill you up. You have to find it in the small things in everyday life—which I do a million times a day: a hot cup of tea, a humming bird. Stop, take that in, receive it, get joy from it. Continue reading “8 Things Jennifer Garner Knows for Sure”

Jennifer Garner goes ‘Green’

It still amuses actress Jennifer Garner to hear that her visits home to Charleston cause a stir. The Hollywood star snickers slightly at the mention of being the subject of Facebook updates and tweets while she was in Charleston recently.

The actress, who was calling from her seat in the back of a car on her way to do press for her new film, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” hadn’t heard.

“I don’t use them,” she said, referring to Facebook and Twitter. “I do think Facebook is a great way to get in touch with old friends, but I prefer to just come home and see my friends when I see them.”

Garner was home a few weeks ago. She returned to Charleston to speak at the Southern Leadership Conference on behalf of Save The Children, a children’s rights advocacy group. Garner is an artist ambassador for the organization. Continue reading “Jennifer Garner goes ‘Green’”

Jennifer Garner Finds Color in ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’

Jennifer Garner’s original career plan was to find a city with a good regional theater, move there, become a member of its company, and have a family. Instead, Garner has gone on to star as heroine Sydney Bristow for five seasons on TV’s Alias, (earning her a Golden Globe and four Emmy Award nominations), appeared in such films as Catch Me If You Can, 13 Going on 30, and Elektra, and played Roxanne opposite Kevin Kline in Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac.

However, she got the family she wanted — and became half of a true Hollywood power couple — when she married actor/director Ben Affleck and subsequently had three children (Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel) with him.

In her new film, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Garner and Australian stage and screen star Joel Edgerton (who played Stanley to Cate Blanchett’s Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire) play a childless couple who bury all their wishes for a baby in a box in their backyard, and magically a 10-year-old child, Timothy, (C.J. Adams), is created overnight who changes the lives of everyone he meets. Garner talked to TheaterMania about the film, having more kids, and her desire to do a movie musical. Continue reading “Jennifer Garner Finds Color in ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’”

The Fretts on Film Interview: Jennifer Garner on “Timothy Green,” Ben and Rebooting “Alias”

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Garner for the New York Daily News about her quirky Disney dramedy The Odd Life of Timothy Green, opening today. We had such a lovely chat that I didn’t have room in the paper for all the good quotes she gave me, so here are some outtakes.

Did you make Timothy Green so your three kids could see you in a movie soon?
Yes, my kids would love this movie and I’d be really excited to show it to them. I don’t think they’re ready to see me so sad in something, so it might be a little while for mine. But I love the fact the fact that kids can see it—and that kids think it’s made for them and adults think it’s made for them. Continue reading “The Fretts on Film Interview: Jennifer Garner on “Timothy Green,” Ben and Rebooting “Alias””

For Jennifer Garner, being a mom comes naturally in ‘Timothy Green’

Why let a little thing like having a baby dampen your va-va-voom? Jennifer Garner gave birth six months ago to a son, Samuel, her third child with birthday boy Ben Affleck. Most new moms are uncoiffed at best, living in sweats at worst.

But not Garner. The 40-year-old Odd Life of Timothy Green star — who was born in Texas but raised in West Virginia — exuded radiance and vitality in a sexy dress and pumps on her Miami stop at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami Monday.

It helps that she loved the character she plays in the film: an infertile woman who, along with her husband, is able to conjure the child of their dreams in their garden. Continue reading “For Jennifer Garner, being a mom comes naturally in ‘Timothy Green’”

Jennifer Garner, ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green’ Star, On ‘Alias’ And Post-Baby Roles

This weekend, Jennifer Garner is back on the big screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” playing a wife who is unable to conceive with her husband (Joel Edgerton). Although it’s a similar role to the one Garner had in 2007’s Oscar-nominated flick, “Juno,” the plot of these two movies couldn’t be more different. In this film, instead of adopting a baby, she wishes for one, writing up a list of qualities for her imaginary child, putting it in a box and burying it in the backyard. Then, voila! Timothy (CJ Adams) magically appears.

Garner spoke to Moviefone about singing “Low Rider” on screen (in the film, she and Edgerton are forced to jump in to save Timothy’s musical debut in front of judgmental relatives), the Oscar buzz for her upcoming movie “Butter” and how being a mom in real life has affected her movie career. Continue reading “Jennifer Garner, ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green’ Star, On ‘Alias’ And Post-Baby Roles”