Jennifer Garner Reveals Ben Affleck's Pre-Oscars "Mayhem": He Took His Daughter to the Spelling Bee!

Argo's director talks "World Series-like" excitement and Violet's win

By John Boone Feb 25, 2013 5:45 PMTags
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If you didn't think Oscar nominee Ben Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner could get any cuter after their adorable award season run, well, wait until you hear about their family's pre-Academy Awards "mayhem."

"It was mayhem at our house. Our daughter was in a spelling bee at the local rec center," Jennifer told E! News on the red carpet. "I was in hair and makeup so I couldn't take her, so Ben took her in the middle of everything."

She happily continued, "She won! Our family has already had a great day, so congratulations to our sweetie. And then she had a basketball game. Life goes on. No one really cares! It's just all about trying to keep the dogs and kids from getting stuff on the stuff."

"I was more nervous at the spelling bee than I am now, I don't know what that says," Ben revealed when Ryan Seacrest asked him about the bee. "There was a lot of words. Let me tell you something, you and me might have been in trouble. We belong in the stands."

And for one final awww: "This is the only show that my kids are watching. Violet, Sara and Sam, I love you so much!" Ben shouted them out. "Thank you so much! Your mother loves you. Even Ryan Seacrest loves you!"

As for his big night (Argo is a frontrunner for Best Picture), Ben explained, "It is excitement, it's nerves! I'm old enough now where I can view this as, no one is going to put me in the World Series of baseball or put me on a football team, this is the shot that I have to be part of a World Series-like event."