Belfast Telegraph

Garner’s not driven by vanity

Jennifer Garner was pleased her director didn’t want her to look pretty.

She was also more than happy when director Jean-Marc Vallée told her she wasn’t going to look pretty in her new movie Dallas Buyers Club.

Playing Dr. Eve Saks, the movie co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto and tells the story of a Texan electrician and his battle with the medical establishment after being diagnosed as HIV-positive.

“I am not someone who is driven by vanity. Even in ways that I should be. I'm not very good at the whole vanity thing. But I did love that [director] Jean-Marc Vallée came to me and said, 'I don't want you to look pretty.'

“He almost didn't give me the job because he just assumed, and I said, 'I don't care. Never touch my face with makeup. I don't care.' And he didn't. I never sat in the makeup chair,” 41-year-old Jennifer told People magazine.

Set in the 1980s, the clothes had to look authentic for the decade without being glamorous vintage pieces.

Jennifer was also in the middle of breast-feeding her young son Samuel when the movie was shot. Samuel, one, is the youngest of three children between Jennifer and husband Ben Affleck. They also have Violet, seven, and four-year-old Seraphina.

“The clothes were from Goodwill. It's not like they were from a fancy vintage store or made to look vintage. They were straight up Goodwill, and I had this little baby.

“So, when I was in costume fittings, it was about, like, 'How can I get to my boobs?' And so I just could have cared less. It was great for me,” she admitted.

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