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February 17, 2015 09:40 AM

Jennifer Garner opened up about her mother and Southern upbringing in the March issue of Southern Living.

While she is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, Garner, 42, revealed that her mother, Patricia, never put much importance on her beauty.

“What my mom did that I valued so much was to not place beauty high on the list of priorities,” she said. “It was a shock when I got to college to hear people say I was pretty.”

Garner, who is known for her gorgeous pout, also shared a photo of her equally full-lipped mom so that “people can finally stop asking if my lips are real.” (FOr a behind-the-scenes video interview with Garner, click here.

When it comes to being a mom of three children of her own with husband Ben Affleck – daughters Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6, and son Samuel, 2 – the Men, Women and Children star revealed that she hopes to impart the values that she learned growing up in the South.

“It’s really important for my kids to see that everyone doesn’t have the lives they see in Los Angeles,” the actress said. “That doesn’t reflect the rest of the world. I want them to grow up with the Southern values I had to look at people when they say hello and to stop and smell the roses.”

“If I could do half as good a job as my mom did, I’d be pretty happy,” she continued.

Jennifer Garner
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One Southern value that Garner appreciates is the sense of community she found growing up in West Virginia.

“I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a place where people look out for each other,” she revealed. “Community is the one thing people crave most, and it’s hard to come by. I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group.”

Learn more about how Garner’s Southern roots influenced her life in the March issue of Southern Living, which hits newsstands on Feb. 20.

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