These days actress Jennifer Garner shares a happy home life with her husband Ben Affleck and their gorgeous girls Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3. A decade ago, though, she would have envisioned a different future for herself – one spent with her first husband Scott Foley. In a revealing new interview with UK newspaper The Sun, the Butter star opens up about the price of fame, the heartbreak of divorce and how she’s always kept her faith in love.
“Everyone reaches maturity at different times. I wish I’d known to wait for marriage until I was 30 or over. I did marry in my twenties (to actor Scott Foley, whom she divorced eight years ago) and I found divorce a crushing experience. I thought the divorce statistics would never apply to me. I was beyond heartbroken when they did,” Jennifer admits. “But I got up and got on with it. I also kept my belief in marriage.”
While she “still believed I would find someone to commit to and raise kids with,” Jennifer says divorce did leave her somewhat jaded: “I did not have a fairytale vision of the future.”
Of course, she did find love again, with actor and director Ben Affleck. The couple, who tied the knot in 2005, are now very hand-on parents to their two daughters and have baby #3 on the way soon.
As always, the former Alias star is quick to gush about her spouse: “Ben is not only my husband, he has helped me in every way. He is the base of my life. He is an incredibly loving and generous man. I expected he would be a great dad and he is. But what really surprised me was how, when something goes wrong, he is so much calmer than I am.”
Ben and Jennifer both enjoy successful Hollywood careers, and know well the benefits and the baggage that fame can bring. She’s quick to note, though, that “the good outweighs the bad.”
“My view on fame? In the film business, you have perks beyond your dreams. You can make a sick child smile and raise money for charity, just by being well known. The flipside is that you can lose the illusion of having a private and personal life and your family is intruded upon. But don’t complain — the good outweighs the bad.”