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Jennifer Garner & Steve Carell Talk Parenting And ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

While Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell were doing press recently at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills for their upcoming family comedy ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY the two had lots to say about the family dynamic in the film and how they face parenting. Carell and Garner play Ben and Kelly Cooper the parents of 4 very busy bundles of joy in the film. Kelly is a working mom with a demanding career and Ben is having trouble finding work in his very distinct field. Alexander is the couples 11-year-old who is having the worst day of his young life, but when he comes home to tell his super up-beat family about his terrible, horrible day, he is left feeling like he may be the only one these things happen to. He quickly learns that he is not alone and that his entire family all seem to be having an even worse day than he had.

One of the consistent themes of the Cooper family members is their positive attitude. No matter how bad their day seems to get, when most of us would have just quietly walked away the Coopers seem to forge ahead, almost to a fault. It leaves you to wonder, could there be trouble being too positive as a parent? Garner had an answer for that question saying:

“Oh, for sure! Your kids need to be allowed to have a bad day, and you need to show them that it’s okay to have a whole range of emotions.You should have them all. You should have rage and anger and sadness, so there’s a lot of room for joy and happiness, as well.”

Carell agreed, that as a parent you must have a balance and try not to focus on the bad days saying:

“My wife and I go through this, from time to time. Part of the challenge for us is not being overly sensitive to our kids having good or bad days. You could drive your kids crazy by saying, ‘Are you okay? Is everything all right? Please tell me what’s going on.’ Sometimes you might just be having a quietly and privately bad day, and you just want to work through it yourself. You don’t want to have your parents trying to make it better because, ultimately, we’re not going to be there to make it better. The toughest part for us is holding back from always trying to make it perfect or ideal because life will give you twists and turns.”

Garner and Carell aren’t just great parent’s off screen, they have also quickly fallen into their roles and become a little on set family, with banter that any of us who have seen our parents in a discussion, have grown to love and even laugh at. When talking about taking their parenting skills to set and how they were able to add their own experience to the on-screen family dynamic in scenes the two said:

 JG – “Steve and I are parents, not together, but apart (laughing)”

SC – “We’re the best parents”

JG – “(laughing) We definitely know what we’re doing. We just piped up and made our thoughts known (best valley girl impression) “At my house, I totally, wouldn’t even do this”, that’s kind of how it went”

SC – “Yea, I think it was just a matter of, if anything rang false to us we would just speak up, but more often than not things felt like they would feel at our house.”

JC – “Yes! For sure, this is basically a day at my house.”

Another thing the two both agreed on was what an amazing live action family comedy they are apart of. Garner said:

“I do feel so excited that we are bringing a real family movie, that we get to be part of a real family movie, that’s going out into the world…I know when I got to see it, I brought my five-year old along and she loved it too. Her favorite was Steve and the kangaroo. I do feel like this is a film that families can see, and I hope at the end of it, that you know, you should feel more like a family and remind you that whatever happens your all going through it together.”

Carell said.

“I know my kids can’t wait, and all of their friends care. I took my son aside the other day and said, ‘Do you think your classmates really want to see this?’ And he said, ‘Yeah! Apart from you being in it, they’re really excited about it.’ It looks like something they want to see, and that’s exciting to hear.”

When Garner was asked if she enjoyed taking on so many different types of onscreen moms and if she herself had cracked what being a great mom means she replied:

“Have I cracked what it is to be a great mom, No, but that’s the great thing about being a parent. It’s that every day is a fresh start and you always can say today we are going to try this, you know and if it goes horrible, you say today we’re throwing that out and we’re trying this, that’s part of what I like about being a mom in general.” Garner said “But I do, I have enjoyed this kind of new world of playing moms and this little kid who’s mom is a teacher at my child’s school said ‘Mrs Affleck is a lot like my mom, she gets to have a lot of other kids” It’s a lot like that”

Whether on-screen or off it is clear that Garner and Carell are enjoying both their careers and parenting and neither is afraid to make mistakes. It was exhilarating to see two talented and accomplished actors being so real about life and parenting. With this exciting new family film based on the beloved children’s book that I hold extremely close to my heart I had to ask if either of the two read this book to their children. It was Garner who responded with:

“Yea, it’s a mainstay at our house, for sure, my kids are over actually at this point because everyone’s talking about it and talking about the movie. My kids have seen the movie, they’re like actually its off of our list for now. I’m sure that this is not the way this answer should be going, but its going to come back around don’t worry.”

Like Garner herself her answer was refreshingly honest and charming. Much like the parts they play in ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY the two clearly take life head on with their families at their sides, learning to laugh at the mishaps and keep moving forward. Make sure and check out ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY with your entire family in theatres today.

Krisily Kennedy is just a chickk who loves movies and talking about them. Owner and founder of The Movie Chickk a place for chickks who love film and guys who love chickks who love film.
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Krisily Kennedy is just a chickk who loves movies and talking about them. Owner and founder of The Movie Chickk a place for chickks who love film and guys who love chickks who love film.

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