ACTRESS JENNIFER GARNER DISCUSSES PARENTHOOD AND HER NEWEST FILM, ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
GARNER TELLS CO-HOST GAYLE KING, “I WAS PICKY ABOUT THE FIRST TIME I’D BE PLAYING A MOM BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE I’M EXPOSING SOMETHING VERY INTIMATE TO ME”
Actress Jennifer Garner discussed parenthood and her newest film, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” with co-host Gayle King, live today, August 16, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below is the transcript from the interview:
KING: I so related to the movie in terms of a young mother who wants to do everything right with her child.
GARNER: It’s so true. The first-time parenting thing, you can’t get around it. The first time you’re a parent you are a first-time parent and sometimes the harder you try the more you’re getting in your kids way. This movie is a lot about how much your kids teach you. This little boy, in real life, CJ Adams, but also in the film, Timothy Green is just kind of a magical little boy. He’s much wiser than everyone around him.
KING: I’ve seen you in many roles—I’ve been smitten with you for a long time—I was there for “Felicity,” “Alias,” I was there. But, it’s one of the rare times we see you playing a mom on screen.
GARNER: Yes, it’s the first time I’ve played a mom for a whole movie.
KING: And how did you feel about that, because you really know this mom stuff?
GARNER: Yeah. I mean, you can’t help it. I was picky about the first time I’d be playing a mom because it feels like I’m exposing something very intimate to me, but there was no choice. I was absolutely dying to do this role. I think Peter Hedges, who wrote and directed the film, gets so much right about parenting. I think anyone can relate to the relationships in this film whether you’re a parent, you have a sister or a brother or a father. This is just a very relationship-rich movie.
KING: Out of the scripts that come to you, why did you say "I want to be Cindy Green"?
GARNER: I wanted it because I loved the realism of the relationships wrapped up in this little magical music box. And I felt like it would be a movie that parents would love and that kids would love, and that has turned out to be true. Kids think the movie is for them, parents think the movie’s for them. You see what you see in the film.
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KING: The baby stage, Jennifer, honestly, as you know, flies by. How old are you? I don’t even know.
GARNER: I just turned 40.
KING: Oh, so you’re older than Ben?
GARNER: I am, by four months.
KING: You’re with a younger man.
GARNER: I am. I’m a cougar.
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