Ben Affleck: “I Don’t Want To Be A Stay-At-Home Dad”

Ben Affleck: "I Don't Want To Be A Stay-At-Home Dad"

Dad-of-three Ben Affleck covers the October issue of Details and opens up about his “very patient” wife Jennifer Garner and juggling his career with their three children: Violet, 6, Seraphina, 3, and Samuel, 6 months.

On his passion: “Now everything has to compete with being with my family. I don’t want to be a stay-at-home dad. Work is very important to me. I like to work. So does my wife. But I need my work to mean something to me in order for me to not be home with them.”

On juggling career and family: “Anytime you think, ‘I’m wasting my time here,’ the first thought you have is, ‘I could go home and be with my kids. Now, you may go home and be with your kids and very quickly start thinking, ‘I wonder what’s on the work front?’ Because running around after three kids is very trying.”

On his overactive mind & supportive wife: “I’m not very present in the rest of my life. My wife’s very patient. She does everything. If I have time, I try to spend time with the kids, even if just to be a physical presence, the bath, whatever. But my mind’s always going, “How are we going to light that shot tomorrow? What’s the master shot for that scene? Is there even going to be a master?” Just ruminating endlessly. Because for me—I wish it was discipline or being a great artist. But it’s just anxiety.”

For more from Ben, go to Details

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