The "13 Going on 30" actress isn't altogether comfortable with the honor, telling Ellen DeGeneres' audience, "I guess I thought you guys would boo."
Jennifer Garner is set to grace the cover of People magazine's annual "Beautiful Issue," which she isn't exactly comfortable with.
The actress stopped by "Ellen" on Wednesday for the big reveal, with People offering up the exclusive preview. "Oh there it is. Oh, gracious," Garner said upon seeing the final cover.
She went on to add, "I've never been more nervous than I am today. I guess I thought you guys would boo. You know what I mean? Like you guys are expecting [model] Kaia Gerber and it's me. I feel like bolting."
But Ellen DeGeneres was having none of that, telling the actress, "You're beautiful inside and out." But that's just not something Garner can easily embrace.
"I was so not one of the pretty girls that I just bypassed insecurity and didn't see myself as attractive at all," she explained. "It was not part of my life."
But that doesn't necessarily mean she was down on herself, either. It's just that looks weren't prioritized in her life the way they are for so many others. And for the record, she the 47-year-old mother of three looks absolutely stunning on the cover, which you can check out here.
"Looks weren't a big deal in my family. I don't think my parents ever said 'You're pretty' and so we just didn't think about it," she explained. But she also emphasized, "I felt good about myself back then."
Nevertheless, she scored that coveted cover spot without ever straying too far from her usual workout chic and casual gear of jeans and a sweater -- evolved from her self-described high school "band geek-chic" look. She's even revived her classic "band geek" look in a few hilarious social media posts.
"I try so hard to get out of workout clothes," the mother of three said of her daily regiment. "But sometimes the day just doesn't give you a break."
She even admitted she's still not completely comfortable around a vanity. "Do I seem like someone who's good at applying makeup?" she asked. "I own the nicest brushes and I own contouring things. If I used it, I would just look bruised."
So does this new honor have her feeling any additional pressure to glam up more in her daily life, DeGeneres wondered. "I don't know, do you think? Do you think I should start really turning it up for school drop-off and stuff?" Garner asked with a smile.
"I think I'll maybe wear some yoga pants, some leggings, maybe a ponytail," she joked. "Kind of a scrubby 'just woke up' or 'just worked out' look. I'll start doing that!" Or continue doing that, as the case may be.
But that's the key. Garner doesn't need to change anything about what she's doing. The honor is already hers, she is already the "most beautiful" doing what she already does and being exactly who she is right now.
People's 2019 "Beautiful Issue" will be on newsstands Friday.
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