Jennifer Garner is ready to go from stay-at-home mom to movie-star mom after staying home to care for their three children, 2-year-old Samuel, 6-year-old Seraphina and 9-year-old Violet.
“I’ve been home for a long time,” she recently told reporters. “It’s my turn, and I’m going to go to work this spring. I think I’ll work the spring and summer, maybe the fall too, as long as some of it’s at home. I don’t think my deals are done yet, so I can’t say, but yeah, I’m about to go to work.”
The 42-year-old actress has had a few roles recently, including those in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Dallas Buyers Club — but nothing compared to Affleck’s career, which is going full steam.
“Ben is super busy, and I’m super happy for him,” she said. “I chose to stay home this year and just said, ‘Go for it, babe. Do it all. Do Gone Girl, do Batman, do The Accountant. Do everything.’ I want that for him, and I’m happy for him. And he says the same to me. Except that he’s really busy. But he understands that when I really have to do it, we figure it out.”
Garner joked that even though Affleck’s career is red-hot right now, all of Seraphina’s friends think she is the main movie star and he is a regular dad, thanks to the Alexander movie.
“My kids really got a lot of juice out of the fact that I was in that movie. I heard about a little kid saying to their mom the other day at school. The mom said something about Ben, and the little kid said no, Sera’s mom is a movie star, and her dad just comes along. I was like, that’s awesome, because she saw Alexander,” she said.
Garner admitted that despite having a supportive husband, figuring out her filming schedule can be tough, because she doesn’t want to be away from her kids for very long.
“You’d be amazed how we figure it out. I’ve never been away for more than I think four days,” she said. “I sit down at the beginning of the movie and say to the people making the schedule, ‘Let’s look at this.’ Then I figure out where I’m going to take the kid and when I can get home.”
Garner and Affleck aren’t the only celeb parents that takes turns working, as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., who have kids Charlotte and Rocky together, do the same. “We fight over who gets to stay home,” she said. “You’d think it would be the opposite, that the parents would be like, ‘No, I’ll go to work!’ But he’s like, ‘You stayed home for two years! It’s my turn!'”