Ben Affleck shows his support for ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez and her acting in 'Hustlers'

By Heather Cichowski

Ben Affleck has shown his support and gratitude for the important people in his life during recent interviews. Last week, he spoke about how he and ex-wife Jennifer Garner have remained close following their divorce. It turns out the actor also voiced his support for former fiancée Jennifer Lopezin an interview with The New York Times.

Writer Brooks Barnes, who profiled Ben for the article, shared some of his quotes on Twitter that didn't make it into the final piece. One of the highlights was a reference to Jennifer and how she didn't receive an Oscar nomination for her film Hustlers.

"She should have been nominated. She's the real thing," Ben explained.

"I keep in touch periodically with her and have a lot of respect for her," he continued.

"How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50?"

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Jennifer was nominated at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards and 2020 SAG Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Hustlers, but she was snubbed at the 2020 Academy Awards. (She also lost out on winning any awards to Laura Dern, who swept the category all awards season thanks to her role in Marriage Story.)

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck during The 75th Annual Academy Awards in March 2003. Photo: © SGranitz/WireImage

Jennifer and Ben had a very high profile relationship, and were the "original" Ben and Jen. They were fondly nicknamed "Bennifer" by the media. The couple famously got together in the early 2000s after they met on the set of their film Gigli. They dated for a couple of years and were engaged in 2002 before splitting in 2004.

Ben went on to marry and divorce Jennifer Garner, who, as mentioned, he also praised last week. The Oscar-winner complimented his former spouse for their amicable relationship, co-parenting and her support during his sobriety journey in a Good Morning America interview with Diane Sawyer.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner had a moment at their kids' football game in May 2019. Photo: © BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

"What I want to say publicly and privately is, 'Thank you. Thank you for being thoughtful, considerate, responsible and a great mom and person,'" Diane read a statement from Ben to Jen during the broadcast of the pre-recorded interview.

The pair have three children together: Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7.

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