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Jennifer Garner: It's easy for women to 'lose their identity and become "wife of"'

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Aug. 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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In the September issue of Allure, Jennifer Garner talked about the hard balance between taking care of her husband, Ben Affleck, and maintaining her own public image.

“When [Ben's] directing, especially, I need to be taking care of him,” Garner said. ”I need to be taking care of our family.”

But when the pair is walking the red carpet, Garner said that she toes the line on wife and actress, as many other women do.

"Sometimes it's a pain because my heels are so high and it would be really nice to have his arm," Garener said. "And he's such a great date! But it can be too much. I think especially for women, they can really lose their identity and just become 'wife of.'"

Even more important than her own career is taking care of the family, Garner said. She and Affleck are parents to 7-year-old Violet, 4-year-old Seraphina and 17-month-old Samuel.

“My baby was with me,” she said of bringing Samuel to the set. “I was trying to pump and trying to nurse. I was trying to be there and be home.” Garner said she has always wanted to be a mother, and that it is her dream career.

Affleck may be changing his career, too, as Garner said he is pursuing politics -- eventually.

Right now [Ben] feels like he can do more good for people politically from outside the system," she said. "Would I be surprised if one day he did go into politics? No. But not now," she says, adding that she supports the idea. "I'm along for the ride."

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