Jennifer Garner discusses ‘pretend cooking show’ and family holiday plans


Throughout the globe, COVID-19 has affected each person differently in the past couple of months.

While we get used to this new normalcy, Jennifer Garner always makes sure to think positive when it comes to the pandemic.

During the pandemic, the 48-year-old actress has shared details about her family, baked, and her everyday ups and downs.

Garner told Good Morning America that she has found cooking to be an excellent way to stay connected with her family and friends.

“Cooking connects me to my family because my mom was such a steady, solid, really great cook,” Garner said. “Whenever I smell a roast chicken or fresh bread baking or my neighbor Marge’s gingersnaps in the oven, it connects me to my childhood. And I feel like I’m passing that on, and that comfort and coziness, as much as I can to my kids, as well as an expectation that they will grow up and they know what healthy food is.”

Garner gave birth to her children Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, with ex-husband Ben Affleck. She shared that her kids cook a lot and enjoy it very much.

“My 8-year-old son can whip up pancakes, he can make all different kinds of cookies,” Garner said. “They’re all really helpful with breads and with dinners, they’re good in the kitchen.”

Garner has even been cooking virtually on her Instagram series called “Pretend Cooking Show.” The series on Instagram has garnered more than 2.2 million views.

“Pretty much it’s just, ‘Hey, we have a couple hours, what do I want to make for lunch or bake for the kids?’ and we go ahead and just shoot it,” Garner explained. “We don’t think ahead and plan it, it’s more random -- other than like, ‘Hey Ina, do you want to do this show with me?’”

And of course, great news for fans of the cooking series, Garner said she has planned on doing a holiday version.

“I could really see us just setting up a screen somewhere and having it on while we cook together for Thanksgiving,” she added.

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