Jennifer Garner's been on the go promoting Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green, but before she hit the red carpet at the film's LA premiere on Monday, we chatted with her about the project. She and Joel Edgerton play a couple who are unable to conceive, and just when they are about to give up hope, Timothy Green, played by CJ Adams, comes into their life in a magical way. Jennifer shared her own stories of first-time motherhood with us and talked about the possibility of playing a "raunchy" role. She also gushed about her love for the Olympics. Watch now, and make sure to check out The Odd Life of Timothy Green in theaters Aug. 15.
Obviously being a parent of such a big part of my life now. I have a trillion kids. Yeah, I look forward to going back and doing a little action, a little raunchy comedy, something else. You said that this movie got parenting right on. Was there a specific scene that you could especially relate to? Yeah, there's several. I mean I think that these people imagine that they can control their child's happiness and make everything work for him and just force him to be normal and happy and that's just not the way that it works at all, so different scenes might, one might be when you have a baby for the first time, women kind of go bonkers on thediaper bag and pack it 'til you can't even carry it it's so full. And Cindy Green, the character that I played, because her child magically appeared as a 10 year old, she does that with the backpack. She just...his backpack for school is so overstuffed and so...and that is absolutely...both of those things are ridiculous but you have to go through it to get to the other side. So how much of yourself as a mom do you think you brought to this character of Cindy? I don't think you can help but bring whatever you have and I think you know obviously being a parent is such a big part of my life now. I have a Trillion kids. But I think I could have played it without having children as well. I do know that it made me really respect CJ, who played my son, and what he was going through and how hard it is for a kid to sit still on a set all day and, you know, and Joel really played with him and made sure that he, you know, got to run around and play soccer a little bit and laughed. And I made sure that he had snacks and water and potty breaks. And so you play a little motherly role as well on-set as well. Yeah. Yeah, you can't help it. So you seem to gravitate towards these type of roles. Is there ever any urge to do something totally different? This is the first time I really played a mom, so I was very careful in choosing that project but, yeah, I look forward to going back and doing a little action, a little raunchy comedy, something else. So Joel said you guys had such a great time on set. It was really happy place to be. Tell me about working with him. Joel is just, you know, he is about to be in so many huge movies. He's such a talented actor and he's so much fun to be with, and I could not imagine anyone else... going through through this experience with anyone else. So I read that you're really into the Olympics? Yeah. So what's been your favorite moment so far? You know, Gabby Douglas's smile as she was finishing up her floor routine. Missy Franklin, her first gold and watching her parents watch, all the parents watching forget about it, when the relays win and I'm so now into beach volleyball I just want those girls to win, all of it, I love it all.