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.