My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother’s voice and smile.— Jennifer Garner
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Beauty comes from a life well lived. If you've lived well, your smile lines are in the right places.
I would roll up pennies to take the subway to work in Times Square. I was broke, but I was happy.
I am the model middle child. I am patient and I like to take care of everyone. Being called nice is a compliment. It's not a boring way to describe me.
To become a classical ballerina, you have to move to New York when you're 12 or 11 and that becomes your life. I just wanted to be good in my company in Charleston and I wanted it to always be part of my life.
And now, I still really don't care that much but now I have music playing all the time at home, which is a first for me. Whatever. Everything from Ani DiFranco to Dave Matthews to Jack Johnson and Norah Jones.
My mom gave me a good piece of advice.
She said never marry a man thinking you can change him, and I think that starts from your first date when you're in the seventh grade onwards. Women are fixers so we have to just not fix. Don't fix.
I don't have this fantasy about marriage anymore.
Everyone says it takes hard work. Well, it kind of does - and I'm much more pragmatic about romance than I used to be.
The outside world can be very tough.
Well, you can't be trying to achieve success of any kind in this business without accepting that there's going to be a flip side to it.
My mom is a hard worker. She puts her head down and she gets it done. And she finds a way to have fun. She always says, 'Happiness is your own responsibility.' That's probably what I quote from her and live by the most.
You know how as a kid you picture yourself with a tall, handsome husband, and you imagine him cuddling your baby? Ben is like that, like, on crack.
My big sister Melissa, is such a stud and my little sister Suzanna, has always had a perfect body and big blue eyes. We were a force.
I do like having my ears pierced, because there's a lot more choice in pierced earrings than there is with clip-ons, and they're a lot more comfortable to wear - Sometimes I completely forget I've got them in and end up going to sleep wearing them.
My mom has always said that the one thing she wishes she had done differently is have a job. She felt like the single-mindedness made her a little nuts sometimes, and she could have used an outlet for herself when we were little.
I've always been attracted to humor and funny people in general.
It's a joy to make people laugh, but it's not as fun as laughing yourself.
I really choose by what I like, i thought 'Alexander' was a super smart script.
Just [costar] Steve [Carell] alone would have been enough. Gosh, I love working with that guy. He's just the best.
I want my girls to love math. I want them to think that being a scientist is the coolest possible job on the planet. I want them to not be afraid to lean toward their femininity.
The news of my pregnancy got out when I was in the middle of my first trimester.
I hadn't even had a chance to tell my friends. That alone was so ugly. It made me hyper-protective ... I feel uncomfortable with people reading too much about my pregnancy or my relationship. It grosses me out. It's too sweet to read about or dissect.
I'd rather be the bloke laughing at other people.
I don't need to make people laugh. I surround myself with funny people. I laugh all the time.
I don't know anyone who was never a geek, really, when they look at their own lives. I think that from the outside looking in, you think that you weren't necessarily a tragic geek, but yes, you did lean in that direction.
My parents came from a poor background and worked their way up because of education. They saw it as a way to succeed. So they cared about me getting straight A grades when I was growing up.
I feel lucky, though, because even when 'Alias' was popular, I was still sent scripts against type. I've never felt like the world only sees me one way. But yes, it's been really fun to be bad.
I think that it's not as crazily different, my job, from anyone else's, as people let themselves believe. I think people get wrapped up in their own idea of what it is, but it's really not that.
In my teens, I was never part of the cool crowd.
I know I live a charmed, beautiful life and nobody wants to hear a celebrity whine. The last thing I want to do is complain; I love what I do and I know every job comes with a downside.
Women should take care of each other, not tear each other down.
My mother and father always supported my passion for acting.
I think they just kind of expected me to move to New York and become an actress and have all these adventures.
I mean, I didn't ever watch 'Gilligan's Island' and think, 'Those people are actors.' I lived in West Virginia. Hollywood just felt like this total other universe.
I don't think that because you are a perfectionist that that makes you necessarily automatically unlikable.
I don't understand how women can manage to get back in shape with a new baby and a job.
You can choose to be civil or not be civil.
What is the point of going through the day and think it's cool to wear your honesty on your sleeve at the expense of everyone around you?
I don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers to camp out everywhere we are, all day every day, to continue traumatizing my kids.
I've made my mind up that I will only do a film that I really, really love.
I'm determined to lie low until a role comes along that really makes me want to work.
You're supposed to look a certain way when you're a celebrity, but I want to take care of my baby, and those two things don't mesh very well.
I have this internal battle between, I need to work, I need to work, I need to work and I need to be home with my kids. And the kids win.
I'm here to tell you I do [have a baby bump].
I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump.
My mom grew up in poverty in Oklahoma - like Dust Bowl, nine people in one room kind of place - and the way she got out of poverty was through education. My dad grew up without a dad, with very little and he also made his way out through education.
I'm still really close with everyone at home and their parents - and their brothers and sisters. I was so, so, so lucky to grow up as part of a community and I don't take that for granted. I try very hard to stay part of it.
Your happiness is your own responsibility.
I've found out that I cannot pass up pizza without having some.
I just can't! my kids have a lot of pizza. I can't go to a kid's birthday party without having a slice.
I rebelled by not getting straight A's and not following the path that my elder sister did. She was valedictorian and is very exemplary in her way. I look a lot like her, so I just had to do the opposite. Not that I got bad grades, but I was all about performance and just finding any way that I could to be involved in any kind of production.
I think all of us have our inner 13-year-old a lot closer to the surface than we're willing to admit even to ourselves.
I know enough to know that when you're in a pickle... call Mom.
I am a bit of a goody-goody. Not that there aren't times when I think, I was kind of an (ass) today. I work in a world in which people are really catered to; someone will come up to me and say, "Is it OK if this person's makeup is done before yours for the premiere?"
I'm privileged, because I have a lot of freedom.
I want to use it to make as warm and normal a life as I can for our daughters.
You stick to the script, the script is Bible.
It's not a bad thing, is it, to be strong in some ways and fragile and vulnerable in others?
Approaching the treadmill I tell myself, 'Okay, it's just 10 minutes, after that you can get off the thing'. That's no time at all.
I try to eat in a way that makes me feel good.
If that means a little bite of chocolate I do that, but I try not to use food as a reward for myself.