The Odd Life of Timothy Green: Jennifer Garner Discusses "Embracing the Oddness" in Kids and Her Own Childhood Quirks
08.16.12 by BJSprecher
The young boy played by C.J. Adams at the center of writer-director Peter Hedges' (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) new movie in theaters, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, views life a bit differently from other children, but that's not too surprising considering he was wished into existence by a desperate couple — played by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton — longing for a child.
We recently got a chance to chat with Garner about the movie and she said that, though she hasn't had any fertility issues herself, "a ton" of her friends have so it was easy to put herself in their shoes and imagine what it would be like. Garner has three children of her own with husband Ben Affleck and offered this advice to parents who worry about their children's odd behavior: "Kids are kids and they're allowed to be funky and they're allowed to have their eccentricities." She also confessed that she was odd in her own way as a child, basically living in a cardboard box in her basement because she "needed a spot" of her own, "a place to go and make up stories."
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is based on a story by Ahmet Zappa, who also produced the movie for Walt Disney Pictures. The cast includes Ron Livingston (Dinner for Schmucks), David Morse (Collaborator), Dianne Wiest (Darling Companion), M. Emmet Walsh (Youth in Revolt) and James Rebhorn (Sleepwalk with Me).