The two actresses have organized a movement in which stars will read books on social media to raise money for children that don’t have access to meals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jennifer Garner explained how she and Amy Adams came up with their #SaveWithStories charitable initiative on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show: At Home Edition.
After Jimmy Fallon told some coronavirus-inspired jokes on his front porch, Garner called in to talk about the effort. Working with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, Garner, Adams and other stars are reading stories on social media to raise money for children that don’t have access to meals during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Amy called me Friday night and she said, ‘I want to do something to help feed kids who are stranded with school closures.’ Cause you, you know, between 25 and 30 million in the United States rely on school for food and free and reduced breakfast, lunches, backpack programs,” she said.
Garner shared that she recently visited a school in Kentucky with Save the Children. “They opened their lunch at the end of the school day and kids take home cartons of food,” she explained. “What’s happening with those families, as well as kids in urban settings? And I said, ‘Okay, if you really want to do this, let’s do it.’ It’s been non-stop since then and really great.”
“It’s great to have a purpose right now,” she added.
A number of stars have volunteered to read books as part of the initiative, including Fallon and Reese Witherspoon.
“People I have never met before — our community — is just so generous and so just, ‘How can I help? What can I do?'” said Garner.
The actress later shared how she is spending her time social distancing. After saying that she has been video calling her parents and sister each night, Garner said that she has also spent her free time cooking.
“It’s actually been totally fine for me. We have a job to do. We’re doing it, which is to stay home. We’re flattening that curve,” she said.
Fallon concluded the interview by asking Garner to perform a song on the saxophone, which she played in high school.
At Fallon’s request for her to perform a “hand-washing song,” Garner broke out into a performance of “Happy Birthday” as Fallon sang coronavirus-inspired lyrics.
“Happy birthday, wash your hands/ Happy birthday, wash your hands,” he sang. “Wash your hands and don’t touch your face.”
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But it’s nothing compared to the beauty she finds in being a mom to her three kids, Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7, with ex-husband Ben Affleck.
“I’m starting to get to the point where I realize this job is not going to be forever,” the gorgeous star, 47, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Not in the all-encompassing every meal, every moment, every day way that I have loved for the last thirteen years. It’s going to shift. But there’s beauty in how it works in episodes.”
Growing up in West Virginia, Garner insists her own style could initially be described as “band geek-chic,” she says, laughing. “I was so not one of the pretty girls that I just bypassed insecurity and didn’t see myself as attractive at all. It was not part of my life.”
Yet the actress was grateful to her family for keeping her so grounded. “I felt good about myself back then! That is the lucky trick,” she adds. “Looks weren’t a big deal in my family. I don’t think my parents ever said ‘You’re pretty’ and so we just didn’t think about it.”
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When she doesn’t need to be red-carpet ready, Garner admits her “uniform” more often than not is workout clothes. “I try so hard to get out of [them],” she says. “But sometimes the day just doesn’t give you a break to shower and put on my other uniform, which is jeans, a sweater and sneakers.”
And don’t get her started about makeup. “Do I seem like someone who’s good at applying makeup?” she says, laughing. “I own the nicest brushes and I own contouring things. If I used it, I would just look bruised.”
Which is just fine with her three kiddos. Arriving home after a glam photo shoot, “I’ll feel like the best possible version of myself,” Garner adds. “They’ll look at me and say, ‘Can you wash your face? Can you put your hair in a ponytail and put your glasses and sweats on?’” she says, smiling. “And I see the compliment in that. They just want me to look like Mom.”
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