Even If Ben Affleck Doesn’t Want To Be Married To Jennifer Garner, I Definitely Do

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Oscars February 2013

Do you guys remember all that controversy back at the beginning of this year about Ben Affleck‘s Oscar speech when Argo won Best Picture? He only had a few minutes to talk, and instead of doing what everyone else does and being like, “Welp, this is the best thing ever — my family’s great, my wife’s beautiful, here’s a list of the people I couldn’t have done this without, oh the music is playing? Goodbye!” like everybody else does, he chose to make the following fairly odd, vaguely foreboding statements about his marriage to Jennifer Garner:

“I wanna thank our friends in Iran, living under terrible circumstances right now. I wanna thank my wife, who I don’t normally associate with Iran…but I wanna thank you for working on our marriage for ten Christmases. It’s good. It is work, but it’s the best kind of work. And there’s no one I’d rather work with!”

Intriguing, no? Not that weird of a thing to say at an anniversary dinner of some kind…very weird thing to say on the Oscar stage with everyone ever watching, including pesky bloggers like myself. But now that everyone’s had a month or so to wonder about it, Jen is giving an interview to set the record straight. And, spoiler alert — it sounds like there’s zero problem in their marriage, but even if there is, this interview makes me love her so much that I’d marry her in a second. A SECOND. And it’s legal in New York now, so don’t try to stop me, Barniffleck! (That’s a scientific combination of both of their first and last names. You’re welcome.) Jennifer says:

“I know Ben, I knew he meant it as the hugest, warmest compliment in the world. I think he was saying, ‘Look, what we have is really real and I value it above all and I’m in it with you and I know you are in it with me.’ That’s the way I took it. Poor guy — it’s so horrible to put yourself out there – he didn’t have to worry about it from my point of view.”

Oh man. I almost want to do something marginally upsetting to Jennifer just so she can smooth things over as graciously as she just did for Ben. This woman comes off so incredibly genuine and loving, it intimidates me as a human. I barely have the energy to get up early enough to get a latte on the way to work, let alone exude the kind of calmness and positivity this woman does under a microscope. I’m in love and exhausted at the same time.

(Image: Brian To / WENN.com)

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