Ben Affleck: My Wife Jennifer Garner Is "Very Patient"

Celebrity News Sep. 13, 2012 AT 9:00PM
Ben Affleck in Details magazine. Ben Affleck in Details magazine. Credit: Mark Seliger for Details

Ben Affleck may be the one pushing to have more children with wife Jennifer Garner, but he does admit that she's the one raising them!

In the October issue of Details magazine, the 40-year-old father-of-three opens up about how he balances work and family. 

"Anytime you think, 'I'm wasting my time here,' the first thought you have is 'I could go home and be with my kids,' " he says. Now, you may go home and be with your kids and very quickly start thinking, 'I wonder what's on the work front?' Because running around after three kids is very trying."

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Affleck and Garner, 40, who have been married for seven years, have three children: daughters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3, and son Samuel, six months.

"Now everything has to compete with being with my family. I don't want to be a stay-at-home dad. Work is very important to me," the Argo actor/director adds. "I like to work. So does my wife. But I need my work to mean something to me in order for me to not be home with them."

Ben Affleck in Details magazine.
Ben Affleck in Details magazine.
Credit: Mark Seliger for Details

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And Affleck admits that Garner does most of the work caring for their kids.

"I am not very present in the rest of my life. My wife's very patient. She does everything," he says. "If I have time, I try to spend time with the kids, even if just to be a physical presence, the bath, whatever. But my mind's always going, 'How are we going to light that shot tomorrow? What's the master shot for that scene? Is there even going to be a master?' Just ruminating endlessly. Because for me -- I wish it was discipline or being a great artist. But it's just anxiety."

Ben Affleck in Details magazine.
Ben Affleck in Details magazine.
Credit: Mark Seliger for Details

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Garner recently revealed to Extra that Affleck does want to expand their family, but she is good with three! "The fact that Ben wants another is true . . . " she said. "I can tell you that would be a pretty uphill battle with me," the busy mom said. "I am not anticipating having any more kids!"

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