The actress says she's along for the ride with her husband
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Jennifer Garner would love to be husband Ben Affleck‘s date on the red carpet always, but finds it can have its disadvantages.

“Sometimes it’s a pain because my heels are so high and it would be really nice to have his arm,” she says in September’s Allure, available Aug. 20. “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,’ ” she says.

But aside from Affleck being an Oscar-winning-actor-turned-director, Garner, 41, says becoming involved in politics may eventually be next for her husband.

“Right now [Ben] feels like he can do more good for people politically from outside the system,” she says. Affleck, 40, founded the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010. The organization works to raise funds and public awareness about the region.

“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.”

Even if Affleck opts for a major career change, Garner says she’s focused on her role as mother to Violet, 7½, Seraphina, 4½, and Samuel, 17 months.

Growing up, Garner says she “had a baby doll tucked under my arm everywhere I went.” Later, when she became a teenager, “my friend and I ran a babysitting service, C&J Babysitting. I think we made $2 an hour. If you’d said to me, ‘You could be a mom or you could be anything else in the world,’ I would have been a mom.”