Jennifer Garner: I Live My Life at Two Extremes

December 9, 2009 By:
Jennifer Garner: I Live My Life at Two Extremes

Jennifer Garner doesn’t think of herself just as a mom or just as a famous actress. She treats both roles as equals, and spends her life trying to balance the two. The gorgeous mother of two opens up in the latest issue of W magazine, and dished on how she manages to be good at both.

On being a stay-at-home mom in between films, Jen says her life is all about “getting the kids up and fed, getting one to school, getting the other down for a nap, going to the grocery store, picking one up from school, getting the other one down for another nap, cooking dinner.”

I live my life at these two extremes,” she says. “I’m either a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time actress.”

And speaking of her full-time profession, Jennifer says it was sort of an accident. “I mean, I didn’t ever watch Gilligan’s Island and think, Those people are actors,” she says. “I lived in West Virginia. Hollywood just felt like this total other universe.”

Jen says she actually anticipated becoming a doctor! She even enrolled at Denison University with hopes of going to medical school. “When my daughter has a fever, I want to be able to look in her ears myself and not have to call someone,” she says. “I want to be able to tell, Is that spot on her leg ringworm or a dry patch?”

But it seems Garner’s destiny was inevitable. J.J. Abrams, creator of Alias, says she always had star quality. “She has incredible charisma, a wonderful smile, she’s gorgeous without being phony-looking, and she has a great, smart sense of humor,” he says.

“My wife was always saying, ‘Oh, my God, she’s going to be a star. You better do a show for her.’ And when I came up with Alias, she was pretty much the only person I had in my head. Before we cast her, there were people who questioned: ‘Is she tough enough? Is she sexy enough?’ Two minutes later she was on the cover of every magazine, and no one was saying those things anymore.”

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