By Emma Dooney
Jennifer Garner has opened up about the impact of the pandemic on her children, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The 13-Going-on-30 star, who shares her three children with ex-husband Ben Affleck, spoke of her emotional heartache as she witnesses the ongoing negative effects of lockdown on her family.
“We’ve had to watch our kids be heartbroken and miss out on things,” she said.
“Which is one thing to miss out on something as an adult, but to watch your kids have to miss something they’ve looked forward to.” Jennifer also revealed that virtual communication isn’t a substitute for face-to-face contact for her kids, noting her pain as she observes ‘how isolated they are” as they pursue their education on “Zoom everyday.”
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The Golden Globe-winning actress did, however, share the silver lining that her two daughters, aged 12 and 15, are easygoing about the whole ordeal. "My teenager and my adolescent are lovely. So I have to say I have it pretty easy as far as that goes."
Jennifer also has a 9-year-old son, who was recently spotted enjoying a bike ride with his dad Ben.
The A-list couple divorced in 2015 after ten years of marriage, and now share joint custody of their kids. Despite dividing the work with her ex-husband, Jennifer can't deny parenting over the past 12 months hasn't been smooth-sailing. "This has been such a hard year for moms," she added.
Jennifer expressed her hopes that her latest film, Yes Day, which she co-produced, will provide a much-needed respite for fellow stressed-out mothers. “This is a wish-fulfillment day of yes, and it is just so fun to watch moms watch the movie."
The movie, which will hit Netflix on March 12, tells the tale of a family in which kids make the house rules for 24 hours. As well as working behind the scenes, Jennifer plays mom Allison alongside Édgar Ramírez in the chaotic Torres clan. The film has been praised for showcasing a bilingual family, a reality that reflects modern American culture.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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