Ben Affleck says 'all the cliches are true' about parenthood

06/11/2008 at 08:15 AM ET

Benandviolet When it comes to fatherhood, Ben Affleck, 35, says he has the same fears as anyone else — fears that he’s turning into his own father, or that his 2 ½-year-old daughter Violet Anne will inherit the less desirable parts of his personality that he wishes she wouldn’t.  While "we all like to see ourselves as good dads," Ben recently said, "the key is optimism." 

Fortunately, it’s easy to be optimistic while being a dad to Violet and a husband to Violet’s mom, actress Jennifer Garner.  Ben said the mother-daughter duo have only changed his life for the better.

I love being a father, it’s wonderful. It’s changed my life. All the clichés are true. My daughter Violet, who’s two, is the most important person in my life. And Jen’s great. I’m a lucky guy. I know my wife doesn’t have much faith in me preparing my daughter’s food properly when she’s working, but I always surprise her by getting the job done.

Violet is the first child for the couple, who married in 2005.

Source:  Sunday Mirror; Photo by Flynet.

Thanks to CBB reader Clandula.


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Amanda on

Love it!

Trisha on

Jen should be the most important person in Ben’s Life and Violet

Bren on

He does not talk much about his girls, yet when he does you can tell he is much in love with them!

i love you Ben 🙂

DK on

It is sort of ironic that after the last 2 posts with Jen and Violet and all of us asking where Ben has been, here is is…He must be a cute dad to Violet. I hope things are well with Ben and Jen since they have not been shown together for some time.

Sanja on

I love this family, Jen and Ben seem like wonderful parents!

No offence to anyone, but not everyone is horrified at the thought of becoming a parent like theirs. I actually hope that I’m half as good a mother as mine was. And I thought that Ben had a good relationship with his parents, in which case isn’t that a weird comment to make?

Liz on

Sanja, I do agree and that’s awesome that you had a good relationship with your mom. Mine wasn’t great, but looking back, I believe my parents did their best and that is what I strive to do.

Jeanne on

Ben’s father was an alcoholic who left the family when Ben and Casey were fairly young. They have a good relationship now I believe but I can understand why he doesn’t want to repeat his dad’s mistakes.

Rosy J on

Jennifer Garner said she knew Ben would make a good father otherwise she would never had had his baby. I think her faith in him was very well realized. They both seem to be wonderful parents and Violet appears to adore both of them. I chose Ben as my favorite celebrity dad even though I admire Will Smith and Brad Pitt as well.

sharon on

I love them too 🙂 and I love reading what he has to say esp about his family.

best celeb-dad!

violet's Auntie on

What a great dad he is. How lucky Violet is to have such hands on parents.

But unfortunately, this sounds like recycled comments Ben has made in the past.

brooke on

Love him, he seems like a great dad

cecil gassis on

Good afternoon Mr. Ben Affleck,
My name is Cecil Gassis, I am an immgrant of the Sudan. I have heared from some of my friends that you had visited my country recently. I hope you had good time there! I have lived in the US for five years. You maybe wondering why I am send you an email talking about myself. I am actualy writting to you to bring to your attention the work that my uncle, Bishop Macram Max Gassis,is doing with the people of Southren Sudan. After reading about how the Southren Sudan area intreset you, I thought maybe this part may help your passion about my dear country.
Thank you

Cecil A. Gassis
Program Coordinator of “Walking in Two Worlds”
YWCA of Mankato,MN