Jennifer Garner on Mother Growing Up in Poverty, Fame & Marriage

Jennifer Garner is opening up like never before. The actress sat down for an intimate sit down on the Tell Me More With Kelly Corrigan show, where she talked about paparazzi, being a single mom and how her mother grew up in poverty.

“My mom grew up really poor in Locust Grover, Oklahoma, on a farm. I think my mom was so poor, it’s just unbelievable that she managed to leave,” Garner told Kelly Corrigan. “As a matter of fact, when I moved to New York after college, my mom said, ‘Jennifer, no matter what you do, it will never be as big of a deal as it was for me to leave that farm.'”

Garner, who grew up in West Virginia, shared that she asked her mother if it bothered her to have her daughter talk about growing up poor.

“She said, ‘I’m never ashamed of growing up poor. Rather, I am amazed by the grace and dignity that my parents had throughout my childhood,'” Garner shared, later adding that her mother always aspired to travel after babysitting kids and reading Life magazine.

“Now she has been to 50 states and to seven continents,” she shared.

Garner, meanwhile, has since become one of the biggest movie stars and touched on acting and some of the hardest moments in her career. While she called her Alias role one that “fundamentally changed” her, she shared that she’s now looking for roles that “feel good to put out in the world.”

She explained that she has been offered a lot of dark roles and Dallas Buyers Club was a project that was a turning point, as her agents told her she should take the role or retire from acting since she had taken a lot of time off.

That role was a difficult one, as she had just given birth to her third child and still breastfeeding. She almost quit mid-shoot because she was struggling with her feelings of being away from her kids so much, and because they shot the film so fast she didn’t get breaks to pump and was in pain. However, she credits co-star Matthew McConaughey for helping her during that time. “How much do I love that guy,” she added.

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