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Jennifer Garner is no less focused on her career than actor/director husband Ben Affleck.
The 41-year-old actress, whose movie "Dallas Buyers Club" is set to hit theaters this awards season, reveals in the September 2013 issue of Allure that she makes a strategic effort to attend events without Affleck.
"It's a very conscious decision," she says of occasionally flying solo. "Sometimes it's a pain because my heels are so high and it would be nice to have his arm. And he's such a great date! But it can be too much. I think especially for women, they can really lose their identity and just become 'wife of.'"
It's a valid concern, considering Garner also does double-duty as mom to her and Affleck's three children -- daughters Violet, 7, and Seraphina, 4, and son Samuel, 17 months. Last fall Affleck admitted to Details that Garner, while she loves to work, also shoulders more of the parenting duties. "My wife's very patient," he gushed. "She does everything."
Impressively talented at juggling motherhood and acting, Garner plays Dr. Eve Saks in "Dallas Buyers Club," a film based on the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a man suffering from AIDS in the late '80s who establishes a means of making alternative, non-FDA-approved treatments more widely available.
Expect her to continue to sign up for meatier dramatic roles, because she claims to be done with the "Alias"-style butt-kicking fare. "There were times I had to watch every calorie that went into my body," she says. "Doing something like that again ... it's not exactly on the top of my list."
After premiering next month at the Toronto Film Festival, "Dallas Buyers Club" will arrive in theaters December 6. The September issue of Allure will be available at newsstands nationwide on August 20.
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