“She is becoming the person that I could see in her that she almost couldn’t see in herself,” he says. I think she went from someone that wanted to take care of everybody to be someone who said, ‘In order to do that I have to really take care of myself.’ ”Garner has just completed filming written and directed by Robin Swicord, based on E. Doctorow’s retelling of a Nathaniel Hawthorne tale.
She plays the wife in this drama, due out later this year, about a husband (Bryan Cranston) who fakes his own death in order to watch his spouse from their attic.
After all, Garner and Affleck were a glamorous version of normal that almost defied believability. Garner plays a real-life Texas mother, Christy Beam, whose young daughter Annabel (played by Kylie Rogers) is ill with a life-threatening disease that miraculously heals after a near-fatal fall from a tree. Her pain, the daughter’s pain, what it did to the family.
(The film is based on Beam’s best-selling memoir of the same name.) Think with a fair share of spiritual overtones. Christy was so steadfast; she didn’t try to whitewash what was wrong with her daughter.
“When you haven’t been kissed for over eight months,” she says, “it’s strange. It’s nine in the morning and you think, I could really use a shot of alcohol.
Then, after a take or two, after everyone has seen your boobs and love handles, you just want to take every crew member and be like, ‘Please have mercy on me!
She’s one of the most important people in my life.” The feeling’s mutual, as Garber was the one chosen to officiate at Garner and Affleck’s wedding, when they eloped to Turks and Caicos, in 2005, and, other than his partner, Rainer, was the only person present at the nuptials.
“That experience was one of the greatest we’ve ever had,” Garber says.’ ”Meanwhile, Garner is managing to maintain a lucrative career with endorsements, currently for Capital One and Neutrogena.According to the Nielsen ratings, she is, in fact, the No.She lives up to expectations—flawless skin, no makeup, big smile.This is one of her favorite places; the busboy even asks how the children are.This native West Virginian’s relaxed, unpretentious style has made her arguably one of the most respected public mothers in America and still a draw at the box office.