Jennifer Garner: I Don’t Want to Be Known as “Wife of” Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner poses for the September issue of Allure magazine.
Jennifer Garner tells the September issue of Allure magazine that she avoids attending every Hollywood event with her husband so she doesn't become known as "wife of" Ben Affleck. Alexi Lubomirski for Allure

Jennifer Garner doesn't want to be associated with her Hollywood hunk husband too much. The 41-year-old actress tells the September issue of Allure magazine that she strategically attends some events solo to maintain a separate identity from hubby Ben Affleck.

"It's a very conscious decision," she explains going to some premieres and parties separately. "Sometimes it's a pain because my heels are so high and it would be nice to have his arm. And he's such a great date!"

"But it can be too much," Garner says. "I think especially for women, they can really lose their identity and just become 'wife of'."

The Dallas Buyers Club actress also prefers not to work with Affleck, 40. "Really, you don't want to see a couple onscreen," argues Garner, who met Affleck on the set of 2003's Daredevil. "People see paparazzi shots of us together all the time. There's no mystery . . . People are sick of us."

Jen Garner Allure
Alexi Lubomirski for Allure

The mom to daughters Violet, 7, and Seraphina, 4, and son Samuel, 17 months, also tells the magazine that she's done taking on roles where she has to make drastic changes to her body. "There were times I had to watch every calorie that went into my body," she says. "Doing something like that again . . . it's not exactly on the top of my list."

Getting Botox to fight aging also isn't on Garner's list. The Alias star says she's scared of the procedure "because I have a big forehead, and I don't want it to be like this slab, a big glacier."

For more on Garner's interview with Allure, pick up the September issue on newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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