Jennifer Garner graces W Magazine December 2009

This is the first photo shoot the actress has agreed to pose for after having had her second baby Seraphina. Nearly a year has passed since the baby was born and Jennifer went on a sensible weight loss program. She looks slim again and stylish, too.

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The 37-year-old wears a classic Chanel suit and a fashion-forward Lanvin jumpsuit plus super-chic jewelry and fabulous shoes.

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In the interview for the W magazine Jennifer reveals a lot about her family life and work.

On being a mom to her two daughters: The actress considers breast-feeding “the coziest feeling in the whole world” and finds it easy to bond with the other moms at Violet’s school. “You feel so close to them so quickly because you’re going through the same thing.” Jennifer cooks food for her children herself. “It’s a little over the top. And I tell myself, Just give her a jar of food and forget about it! Don’t be so precious! But it’s so easy—I just puree and freeze.”

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On being a working mom: “I live my life at these two extremes. I’m either a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time actress.” But she understands she cannot be with her children all the time. She needs and wants to work. “It’s hard because I’ve taken so much time off already. But I have this internal battle between, I need to work, I need to work, I need to work and I need to be home with my kids. And the kids win.”

On possibly working with husband Ben Affleck: “I think he’s brilliant at what he does, but why rock the boat? It works between us pretty well the way it is. I don’t know if I want to go to work with him. I’d be like, ‘Okay already, you got the shot. Let’s go home!’”

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On paparazzi interference: The situation is a bit better in Boston, where “there are fewer of them, and they hide behind things, so my kids aren’t aware of them, which makes all the difference in the world,” Garner says. But in L.A., “if I try to go to the supermarket, the police come. We talked forever about leaving Los Angeles, but anywhere you go some dodo is going to buy a camera and start following you.”

On her new film, Valentine‘s Day: “I got to work at home in L.A., which never happens, and it was a fun job that wasn’t all on me. There are a lot of things that made it an easy yes,” Garner says of her reasons for signing on to the movie, which she describes as “similar in feel and design to He’s Just Not That Into You. There’s nothing that’s not satisfying about it.”

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