Ben Affleck Dishes On Marriage And Jennifer Lopez's Fame: 'F**king Bananas'

Ben Affleck is still getting used to the “bananas” level of fame of his wife, Jennifer Lopez.

The “Gone Girl” star sat down with Kevin Hart for an expansive interview this week amid rumors of marital strife and, despite admitting that his public “resting bitch face” might be fueling the theory, noted just how famous Lopez really is — and how difficult that can be.

Affleck explained that even his kids with ex-wife Jennifer Garner are aware he’s concerned about raising them in the spotlight. He noted one of them even cheekily bugs him with titles for a hypothetical tell-all, and recalled one particularly relevant moment in New York City.

“I get out with [Lopez], all the kids, through Times Square,” said Affleck in his “Hart to Heart” chat, “and the shit was fucking bananas. It was like the mayor [arrived] … and there’s this lady, she’s smoking weed, wearing a purple, skintight suit …  and she sees [us].”

“She starts running backwards, filming, going, ‘JLo!’” he continued. “It’s like a herald that then gets everyone else, and then they’re all [starstruck] tourists. Then I’m moving, we got our five kids, me and Jen, and it feels like hundreds of people — and they’re all screaming.”

“And my daughter just turns to me and goes, ‘JLo Was My Stepmother,’” Affleck joked.

While certainly famous himself, the actor saw his first engagement with Lopez in 2002 called off after relentless tabloid press. Affleck, who married Garner in 2005 but divorced her in 2018, is still learning how to navigate that fame.

“I really fucking second-guess it a lot,” he told Hart about raising his kids that way. “That’s the balance, and I talk with Jennifer about that a lot as we look at what was the difference between our kids’ lives … and our lives growing up … I didn’t know any rich people.”

Affleck and Lopez, who were to be married in the early aughts, eloped in Las Vegas in 2022.
Affleck and Lopez, who were to be married in the early aughts, eloped in Las Vegas in 2022. Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic/Getty Images

“I’m also a little bit shy,” Affleck added. “I also don’t like a lot of attention. This is why people see me and they’re like, ‘This dude always mad!’ — because somebody has their camera and sticks it in my face and I’m … with my kids and you’re taking my picture.”

The actor drew all-new media attention with his 2022 elopement with Lopez in Las Vegas. Affleck, whose mere facial expressions have gone viral, admitted Thursday that his “resting bitch face” gets him into trouble — even when he’s doing something innocuous.

“People are projecting something onto me that I don’t feel about myself at all,” he told Hart. “And one thing I do think it gives off, whether it’s a certain look or role … for a long time they’d be like, ‘This guy’s a frat guy.’ I’ve never been in a fraternity one day in my life.”