“I was so not one of the pretty girls that I just bypassed insecurity and didn’t see myself as attractive at all,” she confesses. “It was not part of my life.”
Garner adds that her family kept her grounded and taught her that looks were not important.
“I felt good about myself back then! That is the lucky trick,” she says. “Looks weren’t a big deal in my family. I don’t think my parents ever said ‘You’re pretty’ and so we just didn’t think about it.”
Now, it’s her own young family who are the focus as Garner relishes being mom to Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7, her three children with ex-husband Ben Affleck.
“I’m starting to get to the point where I realize this job is not going to be forever,” she shares about parenting. “Not in the all-encompassing every meal, every moment, every day way that I have loved for the last thirteen years. It’s going to shift. But there’s beauty in how it works in episodes.”
Garner’s cover appearance was revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where the actress saw the issue for the first time and declared she was “so embarrassed” that she couldn’t look at it, even shielding her face while grimacing.
“People is now a magazine for AARP,” she giggled in reference to the American Association for Retired People.
The 13 Going on 30 star also admitted that she'd "never been more nervous" during an appearance on Ellen, explaining, "I guess I thought you guys might boo, you know what I mean? You guys are expecting Kaia Gerber, and [instead] it's me."
"It's so silly," Garner humbly added of the honor. "But it's nice."