Jennifer Garner Admits Her Ambition Has Changed Since Starting a Family

by Antoinette Bueno 2:03 PM PDT, October 09, 2014
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Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey and more cover Elle's 21st annual Women in Hollywood issue, in which the actresses get candid on everything from their career goals to where their confidence comes from.

In particular, Garner, 42, admits that her smaller, more indie roles in films since starting a family with Ben Affleck are no coincidence.

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"My ambition shifted when I had kids in a way that I didn't anticipate," the Juno actress says. "I became more ambitious for my life as a whole, and for that kind of health and happiness of the overall family unit. And that very much includes my husband and very much includes me."

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But if you think Affleck is the one telling her to stay at home to watch their three kids Violet, Seraphina and Samuel, think again -- Garner says that it's actually the complete opposite.

"My husband is always the one saying to me, 'You have to work, you have to work. This is part of who you are. We'll figure it out,'" she reveals. "That's powerful, when your partner has that serious mantra."

A pregnant Saldana, 36, also discusses her enviable career, but admits that she was actually almost too afraid to play Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic about the legendary songstress.

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“I actually encouraged [director] Cynthia Mort to cast someone else,” she reveals. "But she came to me and said that everybody was afraid, and I thought, 'Sh*t, then how can we complain that there aren't enough films about African-American iconic figures?'"

And though her career has come a long way since her breakout role in 2000's Center Stage, according to Saldana, she always knew she would "make it."

"That's how those seven years my sisters and I spent on a bohemian island played very well," she says about moving to the Dominican Republic when she was nine years old. "We're not American in terms of feeding into that machine that you have to be somebody. We were somebody the moment we were born."

Elizabeth Banks, 40, also shows some sass in her Elle interview, especially when she's asked to name which actress she thinks has the best career in Hollywood.

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"I don't compare my career to other women's; I compare my career to men's," she says bluntly. "Why would I compare my career to the women's? They're not making as much money. And they don't get to work as much. So I compare myself to Paul Rudd. He’s gotten way more opportunities than I have."

Elle's annual Women in Hollywood November issue hits newsstands October 21.

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In the meantime, check out the adorable Garner's recent endearing wardrobe malfunction in the video below!