Jennifer Garner recites the parody children's book Go the F--- to Sleep for Vanity Fair

By Michael Miller
Updated March 01, 2016 04:15 PM

It’s not everyday you get to hear Jennifer Garner, one of the quintessential Hollywood moms, string together a bunch of NSFW words.

But her maternal role on- and offscreen is part of what makes her reading of Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés’ parody children’s book Go the F— to Sleep for Vanity Fair all the more hilarious.

Since its publication in 2011, Go the F— to Sleep has been read and recorded by the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Werner Herzog. But both men have lacked the authentic delivery of a tired mom desperate to get her kids to bed.

“The cats nestle close to their kittens, the lambs have lain down with their sheep,” Garner reads in a chipper, singsong voice, while lying by the pool. “You’re cozy and warm in your bed my dear, now go the f—- to sleep,” she pleads with a smile.

In her recent bombshell interview with the magazine, Garner admitted she’s had some issues falling asleep herself in the months following her much publicized split with Ben Affleck.

“When I can’t sleep – and I am not someone who typically has that problem, but I really have in the last year – and I need something to switch my brain off, it has been Tina Fey and Amy Poehler,” she told Vanity Fair.

“God bless those girls. I used to think I would never watch television on my phone, but there I am, because I am sleeping next to my daughter … I’m happy to have her; she’s happy to have me.”

Garner said that throughout the split, it’s her children, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Sam, 4 who have helped her persevere.