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Jennifer Garner: “It’s My Turn” to Work After Supporting Ben Affleck’s Career

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner spoke about her career and husband Ben Affleck. 

Back at it. After slowing down to focus on raising her three children, Jennifer Garner is prioritizing her career once more. 

The Golden Globe-winning actress, 42, dished to reporters at a Beverly Hills event promoting her new movie Danny Collins about balancing her job with her family, and said her attention is back on her acting projects. Garner and husband Ben Affleck welcomed their third child, son Samuel, in 2012, following daughters Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6. 

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"I've been home for a long time," Garner spilled. "It's my turn and I'm going to go to work this spring. I think I’ll work the spring and summer, maybe the fall too, as long as some of it's at home. I don't think my deals are done yet so I can't say, but yeah, I'm about to go to work."

Garner, who earned critical acclaim for her starring role in the early 2000s series Alias, has staggered her filming schedule in recent years to allow more time for parenting. She appeared in just one movie in 2013, acting in the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club alongside Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. This past year, she made appearances in Draft Day, Men, Women & Children, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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"I really choose by what I like," Garner said at the Danny Collins event on Sunday, March 1. "I thought Alexander was a super smart script. Just [costar] Steve [Carell] alone would have been enough, gosh I love working with that guy, he's just the best." 

"I have had the best luck with costars, I’m just saying. And I've only married a couple of them," Garner continued, joking about Affleck, whom she met on the set of the movie Pearl Harbor, and first husband Scott Foley, whom she started dating after working together on the classic series Felicity. "But yeah that was fun for me. My kids really got a lot of juice out of the fact that I was in that movie. I heard about a little kid saying to their mom the other day at school. The mom said something about Ben and the little kid said no Sera's mom is a movie star, and her dad just comes along. I was like that's awesome, because she saw Alexander."

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While Seraphina's classmate may not have had his attention on Affleck, 42, Garner admitted that she is well aware of just how many people do have their eyes on her husband's career, which has been particularly busy and successful over the past several years.  

"Ben is super busy and I'm super happy for him," the Valentine's Day star said. "I chose to stay home this year and just said, 'Go for it babe. Do it all. Do Gone Girl, do Batman, do The Accountant. Do everything.' I want that for him and I'm happy for him. And he says the same to me. Except that he's really busy. But he understands that when I really have to do it, we figure it out."

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"You'd be amazed how we figure it out," she added. "I've never been away for more than I think four days. Maybe once I was gone for my kids for five days… I sit down at the beginning of the movie and say to the people making the schedule, 'Let's look at this.' Then I figure out where I'm going to take the kid and when I can get home." 

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