Jennifer Garner is opening up about feeling besieged by paparazzi during her marriage to Ben Affleck in a new interview for the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Magazine.
Garner is one of six luminaries interviewed about how they’ve adapted to changes in their lives, along with artist Teresita Fernandez, chef Enrique Alvera, musician Lonnie Holley, novelist Susan Choi and academic Richard Dawkins.
“How do you adapt your career to your life? That’s a big question,” admits the 46-year-old actress.
“Becoming someone who is well known requires an enormous adaptation,” she says of her own journey adapting to fame. “Who am I now? How do I go through the world? Then there’s having children and, in my case, a career that’s a very selfish one. The combination of those things is the largest adaptation of all.”
Becoming a parent, she adds, required even further adaptation. “When I had kids, I started considering how jobs worked for my family. How much am I going to ask of my partner and kids? What’s worth it and what isn’t?” she adds.
During her marriage to Ben Affleck (they divorced last year after splitting up three years earlier), she recalls the couple experiencing the kind of ultra-fame that results when two celebrities marry.
“Something Ben and I used to say to each other all the time is, ‘We have to adapt.’ We were surrounded by paparazzi,” she remembers. “There were so many things you wouldn’t expect. We’d be left alone more at Disneyland than we would at a park in Santa Monica. But if you love something, you’ll do whatever you need to do.”