Jennifer Garner on the paparazzi: ‘If we move to Timbuktu’ we’ll still get papped

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Jennifer Garner was on Dr. Oz yesterday. I saw a clip on Dr. Oz’s website and she was in a very fug beige and white loose sleeveless jumpsuit. She talked about the themes in her film Miracles from Heaven, faith, spirituality and ilness and she also discussed fame and the paparazzi. She said that her son, Samuel, four, hates the paparazzi and talks about it often. That just made me feel for the little guy. She also claimed that fame doesn’t necessarily change people but that it tends to bring out different aspects to their personality, which was interesting to me.

On faith and upbringing
I think they’re just lucky for me; they were instilled in me when I was so young. My parents did such a great job of raising my sisters and me in a world where faith was part of our lives. We went to church every single week. We were not ever guilted; we were not, nobody talked about hell in our house. It wasn’t a dark thing ever, it was only something positive. And our church was and is, you know for my parents and my little sister’s family who are still going to the same church in Charleston, West Virginia. It’s the center of our social lives, as well as, a spiritual center… [However] we should be able to push and pull [at religion] and question it. That’s part of who we are.

On if fame changes people
I don’t know. I don’t know that it does. I’ve lived in LA a long time and I know a lot of really incredible, down-to-earth people. I think a few people are kind of more into the idea of fame or whatever, but they were like that when they were kids, I’m sure. You kind of go into it and you–I don’t know. I don’t see people changing in some huge way. You are who you are. Maybe it exacerbates different–whatever quality of you is going to stand out the most, like a burr. It might exacerbate it, but I don’t think that it’s going to change it. So maybe in me it’s just bringing out my down-to-earthness so I feel like some earth mother.

On her son and the paparazzi
It’s a shame because I have a 4-year-old son and of all my kids, he hates them the most. He hates them. And every time he sees the cameras, which is still every day, and he says, ‘I don’t like that. There are two things I don’t like, mom. I don’t like cameras, I don’t like men with cameras and I don’t like being laughed at. I don’t like if I feel like you’re laughing at me.’ And I say, ‘I can control not laughing at you’, although he is so funny, but we have to talk about the fact they can’t hurt you. They can’t touch you. They’re far away. We can’t make them go away. ‘We just have to live our lives, son, and do the best we can’. And you know what? That is just something he’s gonna have to grow up with, because if we move to Timbuktu, some person in Timbuktu’s gonna buy a camera and follow us around.

[From Dr. Oz via Broadway World]

Garner really uses the paparazzi to her advantage, as does Ben, when they have films to promote. There’s a chicken and egg question to be posed about that, like when did it get out of control and by continuing to play nice for the paparazzi are they perpetuating it? Is that blaming the victim, though and aren’t they just making due with what’s already happening or are they complicit? It’s interesting that Garner, who campaigned for stricter paparazzi laws in LA, says that it wouldn’t matter if her family moved. It would absolutely matter. You barely see paparazzi photos of Scarlett Johansson and her kid because she moved to Paris. You don’t see photos of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban and their daughters at home in Nashville. The Garner-Afflecks shouldn’t have to move to avoid the paparazzi, but that’s kind of a weak argument.

Also her whole theory about fame bringing out certain personality traits is reminiscent of the Buzzfeed editorial yesterday on how she reinvented herself in the public eye as an everymom. Maybe she is one or maybe it’s an exaggeration for whatever reason.

As for Garner’s plans for the near future, she’s currently filming Tribes of Palos Verdes and said in a recent press conference that when that wraps “I’m all kids all the time through the end of school and summer.” I’m sure we’ll see photos of that.

Jennifer Garner Leaves The Gym In NYC

Jennifer Garner Out In Santa Monica With Her Son

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Photos credit: Dr. Oz and Fame Flynet

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  1. martha says:

    No, if you move to Timbuktu ..you’ll still get …dead because of Daesh

    • milietan says:

      Yeah, I cam here to say something like that. If you move to Timbuktu you might get robbed frequently because of the extreme poverty, and your kids might be kidnapped, but you won’t be papped. Not unless you bring along your own paps, and I think you’d have to pay them a whole lot to stay in Timbuktu.

  2. Anon says:

    I am a Garner fan and the “we could move and still get papped” argument is nonsense to me. Keep telling yourself, that, hunnie. I get that there are some celebrities (like Brad and Angelina) who get papped more than others, but there ARE ways to minimize it. Moving is one, not calling them to tip off your every move is another.

    • Nancy says:

      Not really. Every time the Pitts are promoting something, there are pics of the kids everywhere. They are no different than any other couple with kids who can keep them hidden when needed and go to toys r us when they want some pr. Not snark, just the facts.

      • Astrid says:

        I think the difference is that the Jolie Pitts don’t complain about it.

      • Gina says:

        @nancy

        Just a theory Nancy, re Jolie Pitts (it IS, the ‘Jolie Pitts,’ by the way, not ‘the Pitts,’ so do try to keep your venom contained. Lol)…

        …but maybe there are pics of the Jolie Pitt kids during some promotions, because their parents LIKE taking them with, when they have promotional duties, domestically and internationally – and they like it as well?

        Their kids seem to like NYC art stores, toy stores and hotels or sight seeing and excursions abroad etc. – so I’m sure it’s more fun when everyone in the family is together and *not forced to be apart for work* even more fun when the studio is footing the bill.

        The very fact that you don’t see them that often, proves it isn’t PR. What do one of the most famous men and women in Hollywood, and the world, need that for anyway?

        How’s that work? Jolie meets with Queen Elizabeth who makes her a ‘Dame,’ then grabs Pax when she’s back in L.A., calls the papz, and hits taco bell? Come. On. Lady. Lol.

        Really? Girl stop.

        Feel free to explain how a picture of Knox or Zahara or Vivienne – sells movie tickets?

        Straight up facts are, they don’t – they do drive the 2005 ‘Team So and So’ brigade crazy though – as their fondest wish is that Brad and Angelina and their kids disappear or break up, and if that can’t happen, at least keep the kids locked up flowers in the attic style, forever – so added bitterness doesn’t consume the haters. Lol

        Also, Google is your friend. You can find pics of the Jolie Pitt family that don’t coincide with a film everywhere you look – not PR either, maybe shopping for one of the kids birthdays, or Halloween, or hitting soccer practice. You know, just living their life.

        Sorry, they’re not going to hide their kids away so you can feel better about Rachel Green not having any.

      • Nancy says:

        Gina: I do not care about the Pitts or their children one way or the other. I was simply agreeing with the post ahead of mine. Sorry I couldn’t make it through your comment, but it started out too hostile for me. Have a good day :/

      • KB says:

        @gina what on earth are you on about?!

      • Jessica says:

        I see more pics of the Afflecks in L.A. then I do the Jolie-Pitts in L.A. Farmers’ Market, coffee run, karate class pics at least twice a week on other celebrity gossip sites.

      • K says:

        @gina seek help you’re way to invested in a celebrity couple

    • perplexed says:

      I usually side with her, but the moment I saw that headline I knew she had given bait to to be proven wrong. Even I’m like “really”?

    • Liv says:

      I wonder why Matt Damon can keep his kids under wrap pretty good. They rarely get papped. Garner obviously calls the paps,she’s such a hypocrite.

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        No interest in his kids? Being serious. Matt’s whole persona has been, “Hey, it’s me Matt, normal mature actor with my non-celebrity wife.” I haven’t really seen him use his kids as props.

        I think public interest is way low so he doesn’t have to do much extra.

      • Algernon says:

        And they live in the same neighborhood! They live down the street from the Afflecks and go to the same school, and yet you don’t see his kids nearly as much. You don’t even need to move to be papped less, Jen, you just need to stop calling the paparazzi.

      • Boston Green Eyes says:

        Wasn’t there a blind item about an actress who constantly complains about her family getting papped, but that she would secretly call the paps to tell them where she’d be on any given day? Everyone thought it was Jennifer G. which makes a lot of sense, since for someone as plain as she is, she seems to be papped non-stop. How can that happen if she’s not calling them??

      • Colette says:

        Because nobody cares about his kids.When his kids are on celebrity baby sites ,they get 0 comments.People don’t care about Matt Damon’s wife or kids.I wish people would use another example. I see pictures of Liev and Naomi’s boys all the time in LA area and in NYC.Yet nobody accuses them of calling the paparazzi.

    • Sam says:

      I agree. I can name a lot of celebrity couples who have managed to keep their personal lives personal and their kids out of the spot light. You can say there is “no interest.” But besides the minivan moms who exactly is interested in Jen and her kids?

    • BGirl81 says:

      Mind you, Matt Damon and his family live next door to the Afflecks, but how often do you see their children? Next to never? Girl, bye.

    • Hannah says:

      Totally agreed.
      Also…Imm pretty sure people in Timbuktu have bigger thinngs to worry about than to take pictures of some lady. Seriosuly…

  3. Lindy79 says:

    Are there pumpkin patches and coffee shops in Timbuktu?

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Don’t forget the farmers market too.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      Are there any nannies for Ben? Can Tom Brady come along?

      • stu says:

        Silly comment. Can your father come along?
        Do you think Ben would live with her? You know… He’s her ex-husband.
        I think they should hire you. You have too much time on your hands.

  4. Jenni says:

    Gurl have several seats. You are not that famous and desired anymore. She is so early ’00.

  5. Josefina says:

    Of course they will if you call them, Jen.

  6. sofie says:

    She likes the paps. Not a day goes by when she’s not pictured at the farmers market.

    • KB says:

      She really does. There were some photos after they announced their separation of her and the kids (or maybe it was just one kid) in Georgia and you could see paparazzi in the photos. She had this enormous smile on her face, but the kid(s) looked miserable. She just looked like she loved the attention.

  7. Sassback says:

    I just want to point out that she is in amazing shape and NO THIGH GAP. Not that it matters really, but it matters to me because I am thigh gap hell right now thanks to current BF.

    • Crumpet says:

      She has an amazing figure, and I’m sure you do too.

    • Shambles says:

      Thanks to current BF? I hope he’s not making you feel like you need to have a thigh gap to be attractive! Some people’s bodies are shaped in such a way that it’s physically impossible for them to have a thigh gap, no matter how many squats they do or how much weight they lose. The thigh gap is a stupid invention of the Internet that means absolutely nothing, and I’m sure you and your thighs are stunning. And if thigh gaps are what this guy is truly worried about, it sounds like he has a gap between his ears where his brain should be and maybe he’s not the one for you, girl.

      Edit: If I assumed too much here, I’m sorry. I just get real fired up about dudes making ladies feel bad about their appearances.

      • Sassback says:

        OMG I did not mean to fish for encouragement!
        he is probably going to be shown the door soon. I thought it would be great to work out and lose weight together because he leads a sedentary lifestyle filled with lots of takeout and I worry about his health (he’s gained about 20 pounds in the last few months) and hey, I could always lose ten pounds–
        —it just backfired because he was like ‘Well, yeah, actually you could lose weight, around your hips and face and thighs,’ and suddenly now he’s Jillian Michaels and measuring *my* progress. For an educated man, he’s very ignorant about bone density and body types and lives by the BMI chart. All the women I’ve seen in his life were all over 5′ 9″ and thin and I’m the deviation, 5’2″ and 170 pounds. He claims his 5′ 11″ ex-wife (who is very thin but not unhealthily looking so) was less than 115 pounds but I’ve seen pictures of her and it’s just like, “Oh, sweetie, she just *told* you that.” I can ignore it because the other 90% of the time, he is an angel, but I really wish I hadn’t started a health kick for us.

      • KB says:

        You should show him pictures of a shirtless Chris Hemsworth and say “I’ll have a thigh gap when you look like this.”

    • Snowflake says:

      What?! I have never heard of a guy talking about a thigh gap. Girl, if he’s that superficial, you need to let his butt go. IMO.

    • Mia4s says:

      “I am thigh gap hell right now thanks to current BF.”

      Dump him. Period. From that phrase alone I can tell you he doesn’t really love you. Sorry but you will be the better for it.

    • nina says:

      When did that become an attractive thing anyway? We used to call those bow legged so and so’s….weird.

    • Naya says:

      I dont quite understand the line “I am thigh gap hell right now” but if somebody is making you feel negatively about your body, show them the door. You deserve far better.

    • Wren says:

      I too am not sure how you meant that statement. If he’s saying you should have one and you don’t (implicitly or explicitly), you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

    • Boston Green Eyes says:

      Oh man, you need to leave this dude asap, if he’s critiquing your body. No person deserves that and it’s never gonna get better.

    • Kitten says:

      The pro-ana community had a BIG part in popularizing the thigh gap.
      Many in the pro-anorexia community talk about thigh gaps and protruding bones as badges of honor, along with lanugo hair, halting menstrual cycles and all the other ED “achievements”.

  8. Oli says:

    No you’d still get pap’d because you like the attention, but thanks for trying to convince (lie) us otherwise.

    P.s when you’re also telling them were you might move that won’t help either.

  9. Mia V. says:

    Without the paps, no one would care about her, she loves the pictures with kids that give her the “mom” fanbase.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      That’s so true, it has been awhile since Jen had made a movie. Also the Buzzfeed article about her was really on point with her popularity. She reinvented herself which is fine do you as you will but her fanbase is the one who picks up People & those other magazines. So she needs to be papped around, she needs the paparazzi, & she needs to photos to be online or in a magazine.

    • Eleonor says:

      this.

  10. Maya says:

    Oh please – she used the paps to campaign for the Oscars and many many other things.

    The most photographed family in the world, The Jolie Pitts, don’t get papped while they are in LA. Most pictures you see are them leaving or arriving at airports. Or very rare pictures of them eating at restaurants.

    If you don’t want your children to be affected then take them shopping other places other than Farmers Market – that’s a pap haven.

  11. Renee says:

    She must think people are stupid. There are plenty of celebs who go about their lives without getting pap’d on a regular basis.

    • OhDear says:

      I think a lot of people (primarily the ones who don’t follow celebrity gossip) don’t know about the symbiotic relationship between (certain) celebrities and paps.

      Also, IMO, a lot of her image is based on her being the wronged victim (e.g. Affleck, paps).

  12. JLo says:

    Oh, really? Would she (and Ben) be willing to test this theory? Please?!

  13. Susie M. says:

    She’s like one notch below LeAnn Rimes on the “calling paparazzi to tip them off” scale. She calls and sets up the day and time, pap shows up and takes pic, magazine buys pics, she and pap split the money.

  14. Sarah01 says:

    She created this pap circus around her with so much effort and skill that indeed if she did go to Timbuktu she would devise a plan where they would follow her. I totally get it! As long as she’s got her kids, some drama with Ben, a couple of ugly shoes and a Farmers market she can make it work.

  15. Marianne says:

    No doubt the paparazzi can be a nuisance. But there are so many celebrities out there who do manage to avoid getting papped all the time and can keep their life private. I mean I didn’t even realize Philip Seymour Hoffman had kids until he died for example.

    I haven’t even seen one picture of Joseph Gordon Levitt son yet (or know his name). The same with Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell’s son.

    Avoid going to places where paps regularly hang out like The Ivy for instance. Don’t call them (obviously some people do) and you can probably avoid getting papped for the most part. I mean, ocassionally you may just run into one. But, your face would probably come up a lot less in thee media.

    • lisa2 says:

      I think it is possible to go places in LA and not be papped. Many celebs do that.

      But to the argument that all celebs are not papped. That is not true. There are quite a few pics Evan Rachel Wood’s son. I think if there was a hunger by the public to know more about her family then that info would be available. The public drives the interest. Celebrity gossip sites only purchase pictures of kids that will get hits and comments. That is the fact. I agree with Garner that she is going to be photographed; but she could do more to reduce that. It is easy to know where she is on a given day; because she goes to the same places all the time. Some celebs go to a lot of great length to avoid that. But even with the money she has she doesn’t seem to use that to keep the kids out of the spotlight. She has help I’m sure. She could utilize that help to get some of her daily shopping done.

      and for me I never understand why she has to shop so much. I mean every single day it seems.

      • Marianne says:

        Maybe there has been. But I have seen zero, whereas Ive seen lots of Jennifer and Ben’s. And its not like Im searching for them or anything. But they seem to pop up more here and on other sites like JustJared, people etc.

    • Jayna says:

      @Lisa2, spot on. .

    • Josefina says:

      I just wish more celebs would simply be open about selling out to the media. Nowadays it’s more or less a part of your job and we can all see past your BS.

      Of course celebs themselves have the bigger say on this. Christian Bale is 5 times the celeb Hilary Duff is, yet Hilary gets papped 10 times more than him. Sure makes you wonder how the pap industry actually works.

  16. JoJo says:

    “Brings out my down-to-earthness?” Ugh. Too much. I know I’m being too literal, but that’s just so pretentious although she intends to come across the opposite. It’s like, “For others, it brings out the a-hole because that’s just who they are, but me? It just brings out my natural down to earthness! What can I do – I’m just dimples and sugar!”

    :/ Sorry, couldn’t help it.

    But beyond that if you read this full interview on a few other sites, she name drops Ben again. “Ben and I … Ben and I …” She needs to just stop.

    • perplexed says:

      Yeah, that quote sounded kind of dumb, and I’m usually fine with her.

    • K says:

      I really can’t stand her. I don’t think there is anyone more fake or opportunistic then her and the fact she uses her kids disgusts me.

    • Nica says:

      I agree. I rarely have strong feelings about celebrities but I so dislike the persona she so blatantly puts out there. She comes across as fake to me, and just insufferable.

    • Wren says:

      Yeah that was pretty stupid. Other people turn out bad, but not me because I’m amazing.

      I’m not sure how I feel about her. I really dislike women whose whole identity revolves around their children, like the person they were before is completely cast aside in favor of being Supermom. It bugs. It’s yet another reason I don’t want children. You’re raised with “you can do anything!” and other such “the world is out there!” rhetoric. Then, when you’re actually an adult and following your dreams, it’s “why don’t you want kids?” and “you’re really selfish for not being willing to lay aside everything we encouraged you to pursue to have children”. It makes me sad to see women change so drastically. Men are never asked to do that. (Wow that got long.)

      On the other hand, she’s obviously a PR master and I have to admire the skill that’s gone into the whole image revamp and divorce storylines. I used to really like her, now I don’t know. It’s getting a bit heavy handed with the “I’m so perfect”.

  17. als says:

    Christian Bale was saying in an interview recently how much he loves LA now and I never see pictures of him. And he is an A – lister.

    I am sure if Scarlett Johansson lived in LA we still wouldn’t see pics of her and her kid.

    • lisa2 says:

      google Bale and his family. There are many many pictures. The thing is pictures of his family are not being bought and posted places. But the pictures are there.

    • Jayna says:

      He is an A-lister not married to anyone in the business. The people that get more attention are couples that are both in the business for the most part. It’s the wives that are out and about with the kids the most in families like that because the husbands are off on location. So if the wife isn’t famous, the paps don’t hang out waiting to see where they go.

      Jen is famous but not famous like Ben. It’s the fact she married Ben that elevated her status more. And for some reason the dimple parade holds a lot of interest to people when papped and they generate a lot of clicks.

      • lisa2 says:

        Good point.. I don’t get why this is a concept that people don’t get. Famous couples are going to be sought after. There children are going to be sought after. But it is possible to minimize how often you are photographed.

    • Colette says:

      Go to celebrity baby sites.There are plenty of pictures.

  18. Nancy says:

    Sit down and shut up for five minutes. She is inviting conversation and controversy. The “stars” that want to be seen are and vice versa. She’s becoming terribly annoying…..don’t you dare talk about my kids, but let me tell you what my four year likes and dislikes. Idiot girl.

  19. HeyThere! says:

    I don’t ever see lots of NYC celebrity pics of kids?! No, she shouldn’t have to move to be left alone. I, for one, couldn’t put my children in that situation. We would be moving. Anywhere is better than LA. Lol. Plus I’m a dork… But not to even mention the San Andreases Fault. I want to be nowhere near when that thing goes off. Droughts, fires, mud slides, over populated, I don’t get the appeal? Yes, I have vacationed there in LA a few times. Couldn’t wait to come home.

    I guess I’m weird. I would make one or two hit movies. Pocket my tens of millions and move the hell out of there. Invest my money and live a private, relaxed life in the country side. LA people would die at what 1 million can get you in the Midwest, in a small town.

    • Jayna says:

      Sure. In NYC, there are really lots of pics of Sarah Jessica Parker waiting for her to leave her home in the morning to take the girls to school, I think she gets hounded a lot actually. I don’t know if that’s why she is moving or not from their current home.

      Mark Ruffalo out with his kids, etc. It’s just not daily or weekly for most, like with Jennifer, and not that many clicks on their photos or as many sites showing an interest in posting. You mostly find all the stars and their kids on sites like Celebrity Baby Scoop, etc.

      Google Sarah Jessica Parker and kids and click on Images. There’s tons of photos of her out and about with her children. They may be papped on a weekly basis. I don’t know. But they don’t appear on a ton of sites. Her little twins are so adorable so I do seek out every so often to see what they look like as they are growing up.

      http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/1280×1920/s_v/Sarah-Jessica-Parker-daughters-Vogue-10Apr13-wenn_b.jpg

  20. Redgrl says:

    If her son hates the paps so much she should stop dragging her kids around as props looking for photo ops… Tiresome… “I use my kids for PR and now I’m whining about my kids hating paparazzi…” Go away please!

  21. Pepper says:

    Well yeah, because she’d still be calling the paps.

    They chose to live in an area already loaded with paps, then they chose to fuel the fire. Most celebrity parents make changes when their kids become a target. They might still drive the kids to school, but the nanny walks them to the entrance. Simple things like that. Yeah it’s annoying, but letting your kid become a pap target in their own right is considered way worse by most parents. Instead Garner started making the kids more available when her family became a major pap target. There was one point years ago, when the ‘relatable mom’ image was in it’s infancy, where she was at the market with her young daughters every single day for weeks, smiling for the cameras, giving the paps something new each time.

    Their kids, the Jolie-Pitts, and Suri Cruise are the only ones I could pick out of a line-up. There are some huge stars I forget even have kids, and others whose kids I’ve never seen, or not seen in many years. Even if we pretend they don’t have an understanding with the paps, surely they must take some responsibility for the fact that 99% of other celebrity parents manage not to have this issue?

    • K says:

      And honestly since tom cruise probably labeled suri a SP, Katie Holmes has kept her out of the tabloids, you only ever see the Pitt kids leaving an airport and they live in LA. I am sure it’s difficult and a pain but it feels possible since so many people do it.

  22. lila fowler says:

    “bringing out my down-to-earthness” omfg

  23. The Original G says:

    Sorry, in the middle of the nanny thing, she had those kids on parade everyday. Often with Ben following like the recalcitrant fourth kid. Farmer’s market, Pumpkin Patch, Disneyland. No movie, just her separation. Even her little grey victimhood is dull as dishwater.

    Poor Jen…

  24. Crumpet says:

    She went on Dr. OZ’s show? Oh noes. She has officially jumped the shark.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, that was my main takeaway from this post, too. He’s the worst.

    • Kitten says:

      Yup. That’s all I can focus on here. She went on Dr. f*cking Oz. Ugh.

    • Rhiley says:

      Agree! And the more she talks, I am like How did you end up birthing 3 of Ben Affleck’s children. You should hate this guy because he seems to embody everything you look down on: gambling, tats, wild drunken nights, nannies. Girl, please!

      • lila fowler says:

        And the smoking! There are pics of him smoking around her when she was pregnant. She’s like the man who tries to make a wife out of a ho. Just doesn’t work.

  25. Jayna says:

    Matt Damon has talked about you drive down the street and see paps parked in front of the Affleck household waiting for one of them to leave. He said he had never seen anything like it. Jen would say she comes out in the morning to take her kids to school and they are parked in the street waiting for her. I believe her, because she usually looks bad. So they follow her from the get-go, wherever she is going. And they pap her in her neighborhood walking with her kids. Matt said they couldn’t care less about them in the same neighborhood. She said she doesn’t want to be bullied and not take her kids to school and picking up, etc. I get that, but they know she’s coming to pick them up and then follow where she heads for errands after picking them up. But I would do a lot more to minimize their exposure, which she doesn’t seem to do at all, like altering a lot of her favorite places she hits.

    Everyone always said Ben looks miserable with his kids. Beyond briefly using his family for some pap outings during the Argo period, he looked miserable for all of these years because he has a visceral reaction when he sees paps hounding his family, and he shows it. I also believe he has had arguments with his wife over their exposure, wanting her to change her routine. Once they were looking at new houses to move to but it never happened.

    For some reason, Jen and Ben and their kids draw a lot of attention and clicks. As long as that is the case, paps will stay on her. Let’s face it, there are plenty of families that are papped (not as often) but when posted on other sites draw very little clicks, so the demand is not there, so it doesn’t really gravitate over to sites like this and other sites, like Sarah Jessica Parker with her kids, etc. The paps hound the Afflecks because for whatever reason they sell.

    But here’s the deal. Then I would move to a different community, a gated community, with less access to her, and I would alter some of my routines to protect the children from the heavy exposure these poor kids get. As a mother, it would horrify me how much my kids are papped weekly. But Jen is just out and about smiling away with her little ones. So Jen has definite culpability in it by not doing more about it. Thus, that translates into encouraging it really because of inaction regarding the situation.

    • The Original G says:

      Sorry, whenever Ben gets papped he looks guilty. And why doesn’t Matt get papped going in and out if this is true? Or is Samuel now a better pap target than Matt?

      There are plenty of ways to keep your kids out away from the paps, she just eats it up. Also, who on this thread, knowing, they would be photographed when they stepped out their door this morning would not bother to comb their hair? It’s such showbiz. Down to earthiness showbiz.

    • KB says:

      I do not understand how a $17 million dollar home is not in a gated neighborhood. I mean are they literally in her neighborhood or on the street outside of it?

      • The Original G says:

        Right?

      • Jayna says:

        It’s not a gated community. And they are in her neighborhood outside their home.

        Matt’s photos with his kids don’t drive traffic to sites, and with Luciana and her kids drive no traffic. Thus, he’s not as bothered.

        You can look on CB back when Matt was posted with one or two of his kids. It was only like 20 something clicks.

        He has stated if they were hounded they wouldn’t live in LA. He’s not about to have his kids hounded on a weekly basis. They were papped out and about when they lived in NYC, but not the degree Jen is.

      • nina says:

        So why doesn’t she move to a gated community?

      • The Original G says:

        Yeah, other people’s kids don’t drive any clicks because their parents haven’t built a gossip profile for them as a family. She’s actively marketing herself as a modern mom on the go etc. She’s commodified this image. It’s fine, she can do what she likes, but she can’t do that and be a sad sack about it as well.

        But I guess that just animates her fan base as well. Poor Jen. She’s so nice and we’re all so mean to her…..

  26. Charlotte15 says:

    “Down-to-earthiness?” “Earth mother?” And did she really just say that the center of her social life (when she’s visiting home) is a church in West Virginia? 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

    • Esmom says:

      What’s so weird about church being the center of her family’s social life? I think that’s pretty common.

    • lila fowler says:

      Does she even have any girl friends? Seems like Ben was the one with the friends and she was just there. I think her social circle now will be her kids and making her sisters come out to visit for pap strolls.

      • Jayna says:

        She has quite a circle of close girlfriends in LA. She has said she can handle Ben being away on location because she has great girlfriends. And when she and whatever kids she had once lived with him on location in Boston, she said she really missed her close girlfriends in LA.

      • Boston Green Eyes says:

        When she was with Ben, her whole life revolved around him. She’s one of those types.

      • lila fowler says:

        @Jayna And the only reason she ran to Boston and planted herself in his path was to keep an eye on Ben and Blake Lively…

      • Ana says:

        Her sister lives in Boston. She really should change her conversations. The same old subjects all the time!

  27. K says:

    I want to say that first my heart breaks for her little boy and then I want to say she and Ben should feel horrible for what they did to those kids! Because let’s be real they call and search out the paps. They love it, and she searches it out to keep her relevant. I mean her complaining about it is one of her biggest stichtsk.

    I also want to point out that much much bigger stars live in LA and we never see their kids, we never see them! It’s probably because they aren’t searching it out. So yeah she could move and still have a problem because she’d call! She could stay in LA and not by not calling or searching for the paps.

  28. QQ says:

    I wonder if that jumpsuit is on her because of her Toe Condition…..

    Also she really really needs to stop being disingenuous there are tons of places both in Cali/LA/West Coast/US/Ways to Operate that People wouldn’t have to see your kids all the time or hound you about it, you’re playing, Thirsty Mommy, you tried it

  29. Snowflake says:

    That jumpsuit is hideous!!!!! Burn it ….

  30. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    *Brady Bunch theme plays*

    Sure Jen. You’re super famous.

  31. Gs says:

    She may don’t mean to offend saying it bring out different side of your personality.
    But her mom brand/image made of the pics she takes for coffee runs and walking the kids looking drab etc. She should be the least to complain about paps and needs to live realistically with that. Imo .She shouldn’t make herself dislike with these sound bites,she would risk losing that too.

  32. lila fowler says:

    Her whole overgrown girlscout/saint routine is so tedious and annoying. I cannot even imagine living with this person and her many expectations each and every day. No wonder Ben always looked so miserable.

  33. Veronica Lodge says:

    She is so full of it. They own a house in the Yellowstone Club in Montana and you never see pics of them, even when they are out and about it Bozeman (I’ve seen them a bunch of times). You don’t even see cell phone photos regular people might take – people just absolutely leave celebrities alone up here. And there are a lot up here, surprisingly. Many even live here full time. So yeah, if she wanted to raise her kids away from cameras, she already has a house where that would happen.

  34. perplexed says:

    Ben and Jennifer’s are kids are super-cute, but I do also think they cultivate interest in them.

    If Kate and Wills know how to hide from the paparazzi, I’m sure these two could find a way.

  35. Ana says:

    She should stop going to the same tv shows to promote her movies. She should go to Howard Stern. Do the Lip Sync Battle. She can dance and sing. Be a little bit more daring. Stop talking about Ben and her kids. They are getting old. At least she had great outfits and great shoes when she was promoting her MFH.

  36. Magnoliarose says:

    Earth Mama pap stroller actually declared she’s just a simple down to earth golly gee country gal. It would be swell if she could avoid those pesky paps but by gosh darn it those fellas just won’t go away. She’s super duper important you see.

    Give. it. a. rest Garner girl.

  37. Yup says:

    As a Charleston resident I can call complete BS on her claim. She brings her kids here all time, used to bring Ben (back when he still, um, cared about her, several years ago) and she cats around town, goes to public pools, the movie theater, etc., un followed and un bothered. Nice try Jen.

    • Jayna says:

      Yeah. They had been in Atlanta several times over the years filming movies with both spouses bringing kids and visiting the other on weekends there and doing family things. There were sightings mentioned by people on twitter but no photos.. No paps ever those times until the walk of shame papping for Ben after nannygate when she was filming there. So then we had the family in turmoil but united pap shots being played out which were very obviously planned. And the only times they are papped in his home outside of Savannah is when the parade comes to town and they were there.

      She would have had more credibility if she said, even if we live farther out or in a gated community, we would be papped, but we stay here because this is our home base for our careers and where we have built a lot of friendships and strong ties to the community as far as kids in school, the kids’ friends, etc. That sounds reasonable, not that she she could move to timbuktu and will still get papped. That makes no sense..

  38. Carol says:

    I don’t know about the paparazzi thing, but she’s got the most amazing arms.

  39. Lurker says:

    I am starting to think that J. Garn is what T.Swift will be like at 40. This whole “Golly Gee, Who Me?” crap is similar with the two.

  40. Guesto says:

    I’ve never understood her attraction or who her sickly hokeyness appeals to.

  41. Debutante says:

    No Jennifer, nobody gives a damn about you and your lip implant. Please, go to
    Timbuktu. Buh bye !

  42. elizabeth says:

    Maybe if she moved to the midwest she would only be followed by the paps of those magazines that are unknown to people like Matt Damon. That way only the midwestern minivan moms would know what she’s doing.

  43. Zaytabogota says:

    She’s created the interest by building her mommy brand. While others may admit to having a few kids and give a little comment on parenthood, she has her anecdotes about the kids in every interview along with how motherhood is everything to her. Her image is mom and kids, she’s created and sells that and the media takes advantage of it by creating a soap opera around her life. Particularly as she and her husband are so different, that has fuelled a lot of articles.

    You don’t have to be part of a couple to be of interest to the paps but they are interested in female celebrities with their kids. I have no idea what Kate Winslets kids looks like and the reality is most of those followed daily are former actresses/models who wouldn’t be of interest at all if it weren’t for the mommy brand that coincidentally helps them sell what they’re paid a lot to advertise to that market.

    There are few paps outside of LA and New York and none in most of the US, even with camera phones (which most people would be too polite to use) you wouldn’t get stalked as you would by paps. And no pap is going to risk their life in Timbuktu for a pic of Jennifer Garner and the dimple parade.