It’s Jennifer Garner like we’ve never seen her before—taking hair risks (the blonde bob!), fashion risks, and candidly opening up in the most recent cover story of Allure. The star—whose most recent turn was in Apple TV+’s The Last Thing He Told Me—opened up about motherhood, telling the outlet “Being a mother was one thing I knew I was going to be. I really could have been a mother in any way. I could have adopted, I could have fostered, but there was no doubt I was going to be a mom.”
Garner shares three children with ex-husband Ben Affleck—Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, who apparently don’t like watching her movies: “They don’t mind watching their dad, but they kind of want me to be their mom,” she says. “They don’t want to see me upset and women cry more in what we do. And they don’t really want to see me in a romantic thing.”
Speaking of, Garner says—“I really love my solo life.” She’s busy working and being a mother, reflecting on giving birth to Violet in 2005 “I was such a first-time mom. [My eldest daughter] didn’t have a shot. She couldn’t have a free thought—I was all over her. I was a nightmare for everyone around me.”
Garner, who admits “I’m not good at being fake,” also says that she takes being a celebrity hard at times, saying “I learned a while ago that I’m way too sensitive to what is written about me, my family. The only things I have on my phone are The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal. I can’t even have CNN. I used to love the Huffington Post, but anything that has a celebrity section”—and she shook her head, as if to say that’s not for her.
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Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.
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