"Becoming someone who is well known requires an enormous adaptation," the actress writes in WSJ. Magazine's March Women’s Style Issue

By Dana Rose Falcone
February 06, 2019 02:43 PM

Leading roles in movies like 13 Going on 30 and Daredevil, and the action series Alias made Jennifer Garner a Hollywood star. But she wasn’t always comfortable in the spotlight.

“How do you adapt your career to your life? That’s a big question,” the actress, 46, writes in WSJ. Magazine‘s March Women’s Style Issue. “Becoming someone who is well known requires an enormous adaptation.”

Marrying actor Ben Affleck in June 2005 only put more attention on Garner.

“Something Ben and I used to say to each other all the time is, ‘We have to adapt,’ “ she continues. “We were surrounded by paparazzi. There were so many things you wouldn’t expect. We’d be left alone more at Disneyland than we would at a parkin Santa Monica.”

Affleck and Garner in L.A. in 2015.
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Adding kids into the mix complicated things even more.

“Then there’s having children and, in my case, a career that’s a very selfish one,” the Love, Simon star adds. “The combination of those things is the largest adaptation of all. 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?”

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Ultimately, “If you love something, you’ll do whatever you need to do,” she concludes in WSJ. Magazine.

Though she and Affleck, 46, announced their separation in June 2015 and finalized their divorce in October, they continue to co-parent daughters Violet, 13, and Seraphina, 10, and son Samuel, 6.