Jennifer Garner Wants the Next Person She Dates to Be 'In It for the Long Run' (Exclusive)

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Jennifer Garner has little interest in dating these days.

A source tells ET that the Love, Simon star is in no rush to return to the dating scene.

"She wants to be very careful and very selective when she does find the time to date -- because of the kids,” the source says. “She hasn't made dating a priority.”

And when she is ready, she'll be looking for commitment.

“Jen wants to make sure that when she finally does decide she is ready for romance that her next man is in it for the long run,” the source explains.

While the source adds that Garner does enjoy nights out with friends, she's focused more heavily on family, health and her career.

“She is back. She has thrown herself into her work and her success,” the source says. “She is killing it and those [closest to her] couldn't be more proud.”

Recently, the 45-year-old actress trekked out to Hawaii, bringing the children to visit ex-husband Ben Affleck for Easter. And as for her career, aside from Love, Simon premiering to critical acclaim, Garner is starring alongside Lena Dunham in the upcoming revenge thriller Peppermint, due to release in September.

"She is excited for the release of Peppermint. She talks a lot about working with Lena Dunham. She is really excited,” the source says. “Men are last on Jen's list. First comes her children, then her career and then a man.”

Additionally, perhaps she simply needs more time to mourn her recently deceased chicken, Regina George.

Although her love life is not her focus right now, Garner and her Love, Simon co-star Josh Duhamel did recently have to address rumors that they had begun dating. The pair laughed off those reports while talking to ET at the film's premiere in March, with Duhamel saying, "She deserves somebody far better than me."

For more on the Garner-Duhamel dating rumors, watch the video below.

Reporting by Adriane Schwartz


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