Time heals all wounds, but not enough time has passed for Jennifer Garner to start dating again.
The actress revealed she has not been on a date since separating from Ben Affleck in June 2015, and has no interest in jumping back in the dating pool anytime soon!
In an interview with News.com.au, the Alias star spoke on co-parenting her three kids with her estranged husband. Although raising kids while being single isn’t ideal, Garner isn’t exactly jonesing for a new romance either. She explained:
“I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids. I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It’s something that we are working through. I haven’t been on a date and I am not interested in dating. People want to set me up and I am just like, ├óΓé¼╦£No thank you!'”
Yeah, we don’t blame her.
While her partner of over 10 years has been publicly chastised for his treatment of women, Garner explained how we must be careful not to assume every man is guilty of Afflecking. She continued:
“We can’t lump all men into [the same category]. We can’t just assume that every man has done something awful or that every man is guilty; due process is important and has to take place.”
Just because she wants to exercise caution, however, doesn’t mean Garner isn’t loving the conversations being sparked by the recent wave of sexual abuse and harassment allegations in Hollywood.
On whether or not we are at a tipping-point in society, she explained:
“Things have to come out in the open in order to be dealt with, and this is definitely one of those times. It’s messy, it’s not pretty, but a wound when it’s healing is a horrible thing to look at and to be around. That is where we are. There are a lot of really smart people asking tough questions, and I feel excited to see what the outcome will be.”
What most excites Garner about these Hollywood oustings is how conversations of abuse are trickling into other industries. She added:
“Did you read about the agricultural women workers? They said, ├óΓé¼╦£We stand in solidarity with our sisters in Hollywood.’ That really touched me because it felt, ├óΓé¼╦£Okay, it’s not just a bunch of solipsistic navel-gazing actresses.’ It’s really important conversation to be had.”
Film-wise, Garner’s next conversation will hit very close to home. In her next role in The Tribes of Palos Verdes, the 45-year-old plays a woman whose husband is unfaithful, a character Garner says was easy to slip into given her own history. She explained:
“Was it cathartic [to play this role]? Yes it was, actually. I didn’t know that it would be, but it was. I know I need to work through some things. Of course, it was a really emotional performance and that made me nervous because I felt like people would say, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, she’s just playing out [her feelings]. But you can believe what you want to believe.”
Despite what happened with her marriage, Garner said her family comes first — which means Benny Claus has an open invite for the holidays:
“We will all be together for Thanksgiving. I love Ben, I wouldn’t want him to├óΓé¼┬ª [she trails off] We will be together with our kids and give them a special Christmas. We get along really well and it’s not an issue. We are friends; we can manage it.”
But can Jennifer manage if Ben brings new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus to Thanksgiving with him? We wouldn’t bet on it.
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