Like any busy Hollywood couple, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck spend days, sometimes even weeks, apart from their three kids – Violet, Seraphina and Samuel – on movie sets and traveling the globe promoting their films.
While relying on technology like FaceTime to keep in touch, Garner has come up with an even more creative way to make sure her kids stay connected to their dad.
“I made pajamas for the kids with Ben’s face on it that they sleep in,” Garner, 41, said today on “Good Morning America.”
Perhaps even more surprisingly, Garner, who has been married to Affleck for eight years, found a way to turn her husband, who will next star on the big screen as iconic superhero “Batman,” into a literal teddy bear.
“There’s a teddy bear that you can get and you can put your voice in the paw so I’ll do stuff like that,” Garner said. “I put his voice in things.”
Garner, whose new movie, “Draft Day,” premieres this week, has always been a vocal advocate for shielding her kids – ages 8, 5 and 2 – from the prying lenses of paparazzi.
The “Dallas Buyers Club” star testified before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee alongside fellow actress and mom Halle Berry in August in support of a bill meant to deter paparazzi from getting too close to children.
The bill was signed into law by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and Garner’s public advocacy seems to have rubbed off on her eldest daughter, Violet.
“We had the lawmakers who had been part of making this happen and the police chiefs who were going to enforce it over at our house before Jan. 1,” Garner said. “Our oldest daughter, Violet, really wanted to speak.
“Violet wrote a speech and she articulated what it meant for her that this law was going to be passed and how different she thought it would make her life,” she added. “I think everyone just forgot, ‘Oh, this really is about these kids’ experiences of the world.’
“It’s been a beautiful, beautiful thing.”