Parenthood challenges actress Garner



Actress Jennifer Garner, who stars in the new film Catch And Release, now makes her daughter her priority.


“I thought the pull from (Violet) would not be as huge as it is. I thought it would be easier to work ... and that actually isn’t the case,” Catch And Release star Jennifer Garner says of balancing a career and motherhood.

The lifestyles of rich and famous celebrities often seem surreal (they probably are to some degree) and seem to avoid the pitfalls of daily life that bog “real people” down.

The stars stay ripped, for example, because many can afford personal trainers and chefs to perfect their nutrition and exercise regimens.

Many fly on private jets, thus avoiding the delays and other inconveniences of commercial air travel.

Still others have children and quickly hire an army of nannies to help raise them.

Not so for Alias, Elektra and Catch And Release star Jennifer Garner.

The 34-year-old Texas native and wife of Oscar winner Ben Affleck is proud to say she gets down and dirty taking care of their 14-month-old daughter Violet — that includes diapers if anyone was wondering. But being a full-time mom and a full-time actress has forced Garner to shift her course in Hollywood.

“I don’t think I could do two huge things back-to-back anymore,” Garner says of her relatively new scheduling demands. “I have to really love something a lot to be willing to not be with my little girl every day.”

As baby Affleck’s primary caregiver, Garner says the option of doing another hour-long TV drama such as Alias simply isn’t in the cards.

The release of Catch And Release — in which Garner’s character is forced to deal with the death of her fiancé and realizations about his life with another woman — was to coincide with the finale of the hit show last year, but the actress says emotions surrounding the end of her time with beloved castmates and difficulties taking care of then two-month-old Violet were too much to bear.

The release date was moved to today, highlighting not only Garner’s considerable Hollywood clout, but also her decision to put family first.

“I thought it would be easier,” she says of motherhood. “I thought the pull from (Violet) would not be as huge as it is. I thought it would be easier to work. I thought she’s here, she’s happy and that actually isn’t the case. She is fine, but I’m the one who’s the wreck if I don’t get to be with her.”

Baby also dictates mom and dad’s choice of roles. Don’t expect to see the Afflecks starring together onscreen as they did in 2003’s Daredevil or in Pearl Harbor the year before.

“A big part of it is, somebody’s gotta raise the kid, so if we’re both at work that’s a bummer for her,” Garner explains. “There’s no rush, we’re not looking for anything to do together.”

  • Catch And Release opens in theatres today.