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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's daughter's stand against bullies makes famous mom proud

The star of The Last Thing He Told Me and the Air director have three kids together

Jennifer Garner attends the AppleTV+ Screening Event: "The Last Thing He Told Me" at Directors Guild Of America on April 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Beatriz Colon
Beatriz ColonOnline News WriterNew York
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Jennifer Garner, even with twenty-plus years in the industry, has maintained a refreshingly non-jaded, real as it gets attitude she is known for. The star has amassed a devoted fan base from across all generations over her decades in Hollywood, of course because of her acting – in roles such as Sydney Bristow in Alias and Jenna Rink on 13 Going on 30 – but also, largely, because of simply being known as one of Hollywood's nicest.

Now, it appears her kids with Ben Affleck are garnering, no pun intended, the very same reputation, particularly her eldest, Violet, whose kind, high-school hero moment was revealed in the new interview with Allure.

As it just so happens, the actress' interviewer, Danielle Pergament, has her daughter enrolled in the same school as Jennifer's kids, and while there are four grades apart, Violet became her daughter's knight in shining armor during a moment of bullying at the school.

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The story goes that "after a particularly ugly mean girl episode," Danielle's daughter was trying her best not to cry publicly in the school cafeteria, and while standing in line, "an older girl" she later learned was Violet Affleck, "managed to replace a mean girl episode with a moment of kindness and grace," when she made sure to ask if she was okay.

"Oh, I love that," was Jennifer's reaction, who confirmed: "That's Violet," and continued to speak warmly of her kids.

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"I have a lot of faith in my kids. I don't love every behavior all the time, always. It's gnarly growing up," she says, pointing out how difficult it is to raise a Gen-Z child in the age of social media.

Jennifer Garner and her daughter Violet Affleck arrive at the White House to attend a state dinner honoring French President Emmanuel Macron, in Washington, DC, on December 1, 2022© Getty
Jennifer and Violet looked identical while attending a state dinner honoring Emmanuel Macron

"We didn’t have the eyes on us that our kids have," she says, recalling: "I was such a first-time mom. [My eldest daughter] didn't have a shot. She couldn't have a free thought – I was all over her. I was a nightmare for everyone around me."

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Still, she wouldn't have it any other way, and she also noted during the interview that above all else, she knew come hell or high water, she would be a mom no matter what it took.

Violet Affleck and Ben Affleck take a cruise on the River Seine with Jennifer Lopez (not pictured) on July 23, 2022 in Paris, France© Getty
Violet and her siblings tagged along for Ben's honeymoon with JLo in 2022

"Being a mother was one thing I knew I was going to be," she admits, adding: "I really could have been a mother in any way. I could have adopted, I could have fostered, but there was no doubt I was going to be a mom. I mean, I was the kid with the doll everywhere I went."

Now, mom is the only role her kids want to see her as, hence why they prefer to stick to watching their dad's movies, and not hers. "They don't mind watching their dad, but they kind of want me to be their mom. They don't want to see me upset and women cry more in what we do. And they don't really want to see me in a romantic thing."

Jennifer Garner poses with members of her family at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  From left are parents Patricia Ann Garner and William John Garner, her children Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth© Getty
The actress with her parents Patricia and William, her sister Melissa, and her three kids at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2018

Jennifer has three kids with her ex-husband Ben, who she married in 2005 and split from in 2018. Violet, her eldest, is 17, and she is followed by Seraphina Rose, 14, and Samuel, 11. Their step-siblings are Jennifer Lopez' kids with Marc Anthony, twins Max and Emme, 15.

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Jennifer Garner and her daughter, Violet Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California© Getty
The mother-daughter duo are identical
Violet Affleck, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are seen leaving their hotel on July 23, 2022 in Paris, France© Getty
Ben and Jennifer seem to have successfully blended their families
Jennifer Lopez and Violet Affleck are seen at a restaurant near the Louvre Museum on July 24, 2022 in Paris, France© Getty
Violet and her step-mom hugging while on vacation in Paris
Ben Affleck with wife Jennifer Garner and their daughter Violet Affleck shake hands with Sen. Roy Blunt(R-MI) a senate hearing room after Ben with Bill Gates spoke during a Senate Appropriations' subcommittee on State, Fo© Getty
Ben and Jennifer with Violet at a Senate Appropriations' subcommittee in DC in 2015
Jennifer Garner and her son Samuel Garner Affleck attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Arena on March 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California© Getty
Jennifer was recently spotted out at a Lakers Game with her son Samuel

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