Jennifer Garner: I Don’t Want to Be Known as ‘Wife Of’ Ben Affleck

Lauren Schutte
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Don't call them Bennifer!

There is Brangelina and Kimye, but in the annals of celebrity-nicknaming history, Ben Affleck, 40, and Jennifer Garner, 41, have somehow managed to avoid the name – and identity – mashup. (Perhaps that's because "Bennifer" had already been applied to Affleck's Jennifer Lopez era?)

And if Garner, who just celebrated her eight-year wedding anniversary with the actor, has her way, the duo will continue to maintain their own individual public personas.

"It's a very conscious decision," she explains of not attending every Hollywood red carpet event with her hubby in Allure's September cover story. "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.'"

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Which also means that the pair, who met while filming 2005's "Daredevil," won't be acting together again any time soon.

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"Really, you don't want to see a couple onscreen," the mom to daughters Violet, 7, Seraphina, 4, and son Samuel, 17 months, with Affleck, tells the magazine. "People see paparazzi shots of us together all the time. There's no mystery … People are sick of us."

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While that certainly isn't the case, fans of the actress, who will appear next in "Dallas Buyers Club" opening in December, also shouldn't expect to see her returning to the types of action roles that had her in Spandex for many years.

"There were times I had to watch every calorie that went into my body," Garner laments. "Doing something like that again … it's not exactly on the top of my list."

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The Neutrogena spokeswoman's list also doesn't include Botox.

"Because I have a big forehead, and I don't want it to be like this slab, a big glacier."

Now that's a woman who knows what she doesn't want!

To read more with Garner, pick up the September issue of Allure, on newsstands August 20.

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