Jennifer Garner on Her New Normal With Ben Affleck: "We Are Definitely a Modern Family"

"We're doing really well," the Nine Lives actress says on NBC's Today

By Zach Johnson Aug 04, 2016 12:27 PMTags

"We are definitely a modern family," Jennifer Garner said Thursday.

That's an understatement.

For the first time since her explosive Vanity Fair profile was published earlier this year (followed by a softer interview with Savannah Guthrie), the Nine Lives actress spoke in detail about the state of her marriage to Ben Affleck on NBC's Today. Though the couple split in the summer of 2015, Jennifer and Ben continue to cohabitate in L.A. as they co-parent their kids: Violet Affleck, 10, Seraphina Affleck, 7, and Samuel Affleck, 4.

Earlier this summer, the family traveled to Europe, sparking rumors the pair had reconciled. "Ben was working in London on Justice League and I felt like, 'Well, the kids should have that experience,'" Jennifer, 44, explained. "He and I are great friends and we just all went en masse. The kids and I had an amazing time, and he worked hard and got to join us for some. I want them to see everything's OK."

Other tabloid reports claimed the actors were back together and planning to take a romantic trip. But, as a source told E! News, "There are no plans for a second honeymoon anywhere. They are 100 percent still separated and focused on co-parenting for the kids' sake." Another insider added, "It is a fabricated story. They are not honeymooning, but they are just continuing along."

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Today's Natalie Morales said it's "really admirable" how the exes "put the children first" and are still a "team" post-breakup. "It has to be. You don't have a choice," Jennifer said. "It has to be." Though their new normal might look unusual to some, she promised, "We're doing really well."

Family has always been Jennifer's No. 1 priority, and it's the main reasons she wanted to star in Nine Lives (in theaters Friday). "Parenting is about...you can't buy parenting, no matter what," the actress said. "You have to actually get down on the floor and spend some time together."

"I'm really glad that I'm playing moms because there's no more rich time in a woman's life than when you're having babies and when you're trying to figure out how to parent them and balance everything, and the emotional weight of seeing your children struggle," she added. "Whatever it is, there's so much there to draw from that it feels like I've aged into where I should be as far as acting goes. You know what I mean? As far as my career, I feel like I finally fit."

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