Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck may be on the best possible terms considering they’re still in the middle of their divorce process. And while we still don’t know exactly what happened between them to prompt their split, all the rumors that Affleck cheated on Garner probably aren’t making her latest role any easier at all.
In her new film, The Tribes of Palos Verdes, Garner plays a woman who becomes a single mother after learning that her husband cheated on her. You might think her personal experience would make it easier for her to embody that role. But she told Entertainment Tonight that the emotional job was “its own bear to get through.”
“Anytime that you’re playing someone who is going through something, you have to just figure it out, and you actually — believe it or not — don’t use your own life as much as you might think,” she explained. “You just get into that place. That’s your job, and then you shake it off, because you have to go home and raise your kids. It’s just like any other time I do a scene with an emotional place.”
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But the emotional toll of one scene in particular — the moment where Garner’s character finds out about her husband’s cheating — was more difficult than that, as director Emmett Malloy revealed.
“That scene in particular, I know that Jennifer said that she popped a blood vessel. So that kind of sums it up,” he said. “She just joined the crew and was really with it, and didn’t have a trailer and just sat there every day in that house and did scene after scene.”
The best actors are the ones who put their whole selves into their scenes, and it sounds like Garner did.