Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner may have parted ways in 2015. However, the former married couple still know how to coparent their three children — daughters Violet, Seraphina, and son Samuel. The ex-pair have amicably put their differences aside for the sake of their kiddies and are the model of how a divorced couple should be. While fans of the Elektra star and the Argo director know all about their relationship, they probably don’t know much about the lives of their kids. Ben and Jennifer tied the knot in 2005 and finalized their divorce in 2018.
Despite parting ways, the two still have much respect for each other. The Oscar winner gushed over his ex for Mother’s Day 2021. “So happy to share these kids with you. Luckiest parents in the world,” he wrote along with throwback photos of Jennifer with their children. “Thanks for all the good you do. Happy Mother’s Day. Love, their Dad.”
Meanwhile, Jennifer shared her own tribute for Ben on Father’s Day in 2018. “Our kids are lucky to have a dad who looks at them the way you look at them and loves them the way you love them, @benaffleck,” she wrote at the time.
While appearing on The Tonight Show in 2019, the Texas native shared insight into what she’s like as a mother. “If you’re like me, I kill the fun,” she told Jimmy Fallon. “I am so lame. I say no to everything. They call me the dragon. They have all these names for me.”
However, the 13 Going on 30 actress said that her kids respect her strict parenting. “When I grow up, I want to be a fun-killing mom, just like you!” Jennifer revealed one of her daughters wrote in a note.
Keep reading to learn more about Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel!
Violet is the oldest daughter of the bunch, born in December 2005. The teen is a dead ringer for her famous momma and has even shown several personality traits similar to the Alias star. Violet “not only [looks] identical to Jen, [but] they share similar personality traits, too, like their passion for cooking. Violet [is] a real mommy’s girl,” an insider once told In Touch Weekly. She also“likes to explore and play” with beauty products.
The source also shared what great big sis Violet is to her younger brother and sister. “Violet’s extremely protective of Seraphina and Samuel and really watches out for [them],” the insider said. “She’s extremely mature for her age.”
Jen even gushed to People in March 2019 about her eldest’s intellect. “She’s really smart about, ‘OK, now I’m leaving the house, now I need to check with my mom because chances are, she’s gonna make me take this lip off,’” Jen said. “Which I do. So that’s kind of where we are with it.”
Ben marveled over Violet’s fluency in Spanish during a March 2020 appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show. “She’s always been a very good student, and she’s been interested in Spanish, and so I would often help her. Now, all of a sudden, she’s gotten into the grade where she’s, like, in the harder Spanish classes and she’s getting better,” he said. “She’s right at the point where I think she might be passing me.”
“I was like, ‘Nope. This is not happening,’” he laughed. “I don’t mind that I can’t do your math homework when you’re 14 years old, but you are not going to be better at Spanish than me. So I’ve decided now I gotta take classes. I gotta do something to keep up.”
Seraphina arrived to the Affleck-Garner clan in 2009. She loves to get manicures and pedicures with her mom after school, take rides to the grocery store and enjoy walks around the neighborhood.
The teen also very close with her younger brother, Samuel. The twosome hold a “unique bond” and “spend hours playing together,” an insider exclusively told In Touch. “They squabble at times like all siblings, but generally speaking, they get on.”
Seraphina also has a bit of a wild side. “Seraphina is adorable and super outgoing. She has more of a mischievous streak than the other two and is incredibly close to Ben,” another insider told In Touch. Serpahina graduated from sixth grade in 2021 and showed her independent side with a short pixie cut after wearing her hair long for years.
Born in February 2012, Samuel is the youngest and only son in the family. “Samuel used to be quietest, but he’s beginning to come out of his shell,” a source revealed.“ He looks up to his older sisters.” Samuel also loves to be seen with Ben taking walks around town after school. Samuel is a sporty boy and even scored a place on his swim team.
Ben proudly humble-bragged about Samuel’s baseball skills during a March 2019 visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I’m a coach on the Little League team and it’s going great,” he said. “He’s awesome, it’s a lot of fun. The kids are great kids. I do have to wear a Dodgers hat, because that is the team, but you know … ” the avid Boston Red Sox fan noted.
In June 2022, Samuel made headlines when he got into a fender-bender at just 10 years old. During a visit to a luxury car rental dealership in Los Angeles with Ben and his fiancé, Jennifer Lopez, Samuel somehow got behind the wheel of a yellow Lamborghini that’s engine was running. According to TMZ, Samuel seemed to back the car into a white BMW.
Luckily Samuel wasn’t hurt in the accident and Ben’s rep told Entertainment Tonight that “everyone is fine.”