Jennifer Garner: Ben Affleck and I Make Our Crazy Lives Work “In a Very Boring Way”

Jennifer Garner attends an event on April 7, 2014
Jennifer Garner says she and husband Ben Affleck coordinate their crazy work schedules in "a very boring way." Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Anheuser Busch

In a “very boring way,” Ben and Jen are just like Us!

Jennifer Garner shared how she and her equally-famous husband, Ben Affleck, juggle their hectic Hollywood and home lives. “I’m pretty selective [over roles],” the working mom, 41, told reporters at the L.A. premiere of Draft Day on Monday, April 7.

“Everything that comes my way — the first thing we do is talk schedule, location,” she explained. “I sit down with a calendar with my husband and in a very boring way, detail every single week…. and what’s possible and if it can work out or not.”

Garner stars in Draft Day as the cap specialist for the Cleveland Browns, opposite Kevin Costner, who plays the pro football team’s fictional general manager, Sonny Weaver Jr. “It just so happens that there is a woman in charge of the salary cap at the Cleveland Browns,” Garner explained, adding that she “haunted Megan Rogers,” the NFL team’s real-life cap specialist. “I’m sure she’s sick of me even talking about her,” the star joked.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California Jeff Vespa/VF14/

So how did Ben and Jen work it out? The parents of three kids — Violet, 8, Seraphina, 4, and Samuel, 2 — found the Draft Day script so compelling that they actually ended up moving their family out to Ohio while mom worked on set. “We loved this movie so much,” Garner said.

“The script is so smart that we just moved the kids to Cleveland. And had a great time!” she added.

Despite their fun in Cleveland, the Affleck-Garner brood will forever remain faithful to Boston teams. “When it’s playoffs and the Patriots or Red Sox are in the playoffs… Stop everything,” Garner joked of her hubby who hails from Boston. “Eat in front of the TV, the world revolves around the game. Pretty intense.”

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