It’s been more than two years since Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s marriage ended. For a while, Jennifer could still count on Ben’s participation in perfect family paparazzi photo ops. Sadly, Ben now has a new partner to smile for the cameras with. But what about Jen? Well don’t hold your breath for that, it’s not happening at the moment.
Jennifer Garner recently spoke to Australia’s news.com.au to promote her upcoming film, The Tribes of Palos Verdes, in which she plays a woman whose husband cheats on her (hmmm…I wonder where she did her research for that role?). A few months ago, People magazine claimed Jennifer was ready to “move on,” something Jennifer quickly called BS on. Once again, Jennifer Garner would like you to know she’s single and not ready to mingle.
“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, ‘No thank you!'”
I can understand Jennifer not being thrilled about suddenly being single, but I can also fully relate to her not wanting to be set up with anyone. Set-ups can be a capital-N nightmare. Of course she shouldn’t totally write it off. There is a chance she might get set up with someone who is just as excited to drag Ben as she is. Honestly, if you add in some cocktails and an appetizer portion of fried calamari, you’ve got a pretty great night.
Speaking of Ben, Jennifer also spoke about the recent wave of women and men speaking up about sexual assault in Hollywood. Ben Affleck has been accused of groping by two women, but Jennifer didn’t talk about that. Instead she generalized. Now, Jennifer is definitely Team Say Something, but she also wants to remind everyone that it’s Not All Men.
“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.
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.”
Jennifer goes on to say that women need to “stand together” going forward, because women aren’t that scary when they’re alone, but adds: “Except for me. I am pretty scary.” Shoot, Jennifer might not be kidding. Over the summer, it was reported that Jennifer allegedly had an angry showdown in New York City with Ben’s current girlfriend Lindsay Shookus. Maybe she really is more mama bear than we thought? I would advise Lindsay to remember in the event she picks Ben up after Thanksgiving dinner. If Jennifer gets a scary look in her eyes, Lindsay’s best bet is to play dead. Or is it to climb the nearest tree? I can never remember.