Jennifer Garner would have wanted to be a minister if she hadn’t created a successful acting career.
In fact, the 51-year-old actress’ mother still believes it will happen one day.
“I really wish I had been a minister,” the ’13 Going on 30′ actress told Allure magazine. “My mom thinks I always will be. I grew up in such a beautiful church in The United Methodist Church, and the minister was like the den parent.”
She continued: “What I love about studying religion, it reminds me of studying drama – it’s really a liberal arts education. You have to understand history, geography, literature. It’s art, that’s all. I don’t know anything about Hinduism, Islam, so many other religions, and I would love to. It looks like a sign of respect.
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Garner attends church with her three children, Violet Anne, 17, Seraphina Rose, 13, and Samuel, 10, whom she shares with ex Ben Affleck. The former couple’s eldest daughter even teaches Sunday school.
“I think the more you engage, the more you learn about the different ways people believe and worship, the more you can sit next to anyone and be a neighbor,” she told the magazine. . “It has such value to me. I don’t know if I’ll ever be someone who writes a Sunday morning sermon, but I love the idea. I love the idea of going back to theology school. “
Garner rose to fame in 2001 after appearing in the first season of “Alias.” His fame continued with roles in films such as “Juno” and “Daredevil”.
Despite his success, Garner hasn’t always enjoyed being in the spotlight. She spoke candidly about the paparazzi following her after the birth of her first child, Violet.
“There were two decades where it was really hard to hold a conversation. Not in a bad way, poor celebrity. I was under surveillance every day,” Garner explained. “The day after I had a baby, the paparazzi were watching again. They’re rushing you into your life because they’re just trying to take the next step into something they can sell.”
Garner also revealed that she doesn’t often read about herself in the media.
“I learned a while ago that I’m far too sensitive to what’s written about me, my family,” she told the outlet. “The only things I have on my phone are The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal. I can’t even get CNN.”
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Despite the constant “baby watch” from the paparazzi, Garner welcomed two more children with Affleck before the couple separated in 2018. The couple largely kept their children out of the spotlight.
Garner admits she was a “nightmare” as a first-time mother.
“Your children will really understand who they are and what they are when they grow up, and most likely they will become adorable. I have a lot of confidence in my children,” she explained. “I don’t like every behavior all the time, always. It’s gnarly growing up. We didn’t have the eyes on us that our kids have. I was a first-time mom. My eldest daughter n She couldn’t have a free thought – I was all over her I was a nightmare to everyone around me.
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The actress struggled to keep her children away from social media during their teenage years.
“I just said to my kids, ‘Tell me, show me the articles that prove social media is good for teens, and then we’ll have the conversation,'” Garner previously said during an interview on ” Today”.
“But find scientific evidence that matches what I have that says it’s not good for teenagers, and then we’ll talk.”
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