How Jennifer Garner Saved Me From Total Embarrassment

Mary J. Hawkins is an accomplished editor, writer, and social media enthusiast who has been working in the digital media space since 2009. In a former life, she was the author and owner of The Mommyologist, a humor blog centered around the changes that happen after kids arrive on the scene. She is currently the full-time Senior Editor of Audience Development for CafeMom, and has been a part of their team for the past 5 years. 

Mary also recently launched a lifestyle and travel blog called “Catching the Next Wave,” which centers around the new phase of life she’s navigating as a recently divorced single mom of one charismatic 10-year-old and a pint-sized Shih-Tzu. 

When she manages to find time to detach herself from her laptop, Mary leads an active lifestyle. She has a strong passion for travel and welcomes every opportunity to explore new places and experience new adventures. She is also a huge fan of Pilates and Yoga – though she doesn’t get to class quite as often as she’d like. 

Mary lives in a small town in the middle of Connecticut, though she’d rather live in the city, on the coast, or a combination of both. 

*It's been five years since I interviewed Jennifer, but I remember that day like it was yesterday. 

Last week was pretty awesome week for me. We finally had some super-warm weather in Connecticut and I squeezed in a little pool time with my son to soak up the last moments of summer. Oh, and I also got the chance to sit down and interview celeb mom Jennifer Garner after she kicked off the Frigidaire Kids Cooking Academy Summer Session at Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY.

Though I've done some great celeb interviews over the phone, this was my first real life in-person gig. And it was AWESOME. I totally dug every single second, and believe it or not, I really wasn't all that nervous. Well, at least I wasn't all that nervous until they told me I'd be interviewing Jennifer Garner directly after CNN got done with her. Are you kidding me? CNN?

I wasn't sure how I was going to follow an act like that, but once I got in the room, I was ready to put my game face on and take on the interview like an old pro.

I was introduced to Jennifer, who gave me her famous smile, put out her hand for me to shake, and then we hopped into our director's chairs so the interview could be taped. And then she thanked ME for coming out to talk to her that day. Um ... for real??

In case there was any doubt in your mind about just how down to earth Jen really is, I have the perfect example, which proves that she may be an A-lister in Hollywood, but she's really just a mom like the rest of us.

Right before the interview started, Mr. Video Camera Man looked at me and said something along the lines of, "We don't have an extra mic for you. Do you need us to tape the audio of you asking the questions, or do you just want Jennifer to answer them?"

And then there were CRICKETS people. CRICKETS!!!!

I looked at Jennifer Garner (THE JENNIFER GARNER) with this blank stare on my face and said:

"Why am I not getting this??"

She smiled and kind of laughed and explained that she would incorporate my questions into her answers, and then Mr. Video Camera Man would place slides into the edited video of my questions before she answered them.

After she translated Mr. Video Camera Man's words into non-tech-geek-mom-friendly language, I totally got what was about to happen, and proceeded with the interview. Looking back on it, the whole thing is a bit surreal and kind of a blur, but I'd like to personally thank Jennifer Garner for talking to me like a normal mom friend would -- and saving me from complete and total embarrassment.

I think I may be her new biggest fan.