Jennifer Garner stars in Men Women and Children, a feature film dealing with a mother attempting to protect her children on the internet.
Garner says that although her character perhaps goes too far in her efforts she should not be judged too harshly: “It’s hard to be a parent. It’s really hard. And she is trying her best. She thinks that just by trying harder, by doing more and being more vigilant, she can keep her daughter safe. And it just isn’t that easy. But she does evolve. She’s not a monster. She just thinks the world is black and white in a way that it isn’t.”
Off screen, Garner has three children with Ben Affleck and is also concerned about protecting them on the internet: “I don’t know what the coping strategies are. I just know that there’s no way for us to stay ahead of what they’re going to know and what they’re going to see and learn. And so it’s just about communication, I guess. I mean, how do you deal with it? For me it’s just about trying to set some boundaries, having communication, and trust.”
Men, Women and Children was directed by Jason Reitman. Earlier this year Garner also worked with his father Ivan Reitman on the film Draft Day and says working with both of them was a rewarding experience: “They’re both real directors. They are not joking around. They’re not all about the camera. That stuff they have so down that it’s almost like they don’t even have to think about it,” she said. “And they are performance obsessed. And they are tough and they give a lot of really tough notes and it’s heaven to be on either one of their sets. And I hope that I have a year again where I work for both Reitmans.”
Men, Women & Children” opened in the US on 17th October and will be on European screens this December.
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