Jennifer Garner says support from others has helped during Ben Affleck split

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Jennifer Garner Reveals What Helped Her During Ben Affleck Split

Jennifer Garner is making the rounds to promote her latest movie, Miracles From Heaven, which is now in theaters. And while the actress has talked about the faith-based film inspired by a true story and the role of religion in her own life, she's also frequently been asked about her split from Ben Affleck, with the pair announcing plans to divorce this summer after 10 years of marriage.

Miracles From Heaven, which Garner filmed shortly after she and Affleck announced their divorce, is her first movie to be released since the split. (Incidentally, Affleck's first movie since the split, Batman v. Superman, hits theaters a little over a week later, on March 25).

While she talked at length about their decision to separate and how it's affected her in a revealing Vanity Fair cover story, fans are still wondering how she's doing and, as Today co-host Savannah Guthrie told Garner on Wednesday's show, want to give her a hug.

Garner appreciated the sentiment and said that support from other people has really helped her during what's been a difficult time.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor/director Ben Affleck (L) and wife actress Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen holding hands on February 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen with their daughter, Seraphina Affleck on February 06, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 07: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 07, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Actors Jennifer Garner (L) and Ben Affleck attend the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by Hasbro Studios, at John Varvatos Los Angeles on March 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for John Varvatos)
Argo director Ben Affleck kisses his wife actress Jennifer Garner after winning the Oscar for Best Movie at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-BAFTA cocktail party and dinner at Annabel's on February 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend Variety's 4th Annual Power of Women Event Presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Argo' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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"It's not easy to go through it -; period," Garner said during her Today interview. "I have found going through it in the public eye, it's just another facet of it. But for anyone, when your life shifts in any way, it's tricky enough. But I have found people to be so warm and loving that it hasn't been nearly as bad as you might imagine."

Garner, who plays the mother of a young girl suffering from an incurable disease in Miracles, is one of a number of mainstream stars turning to religious movies. Indeed, in promoting the film, she's discussed how it's helped her return to church and how she went every Sunday and had her kids baptized in her family church.

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But the actress admitted that she still feels a bit uneasy talking about her own faith, noting, "It's not something that I have ever spoken about before this film."

And she appreciated that while religion plays a role in the movie, the film doesn't try to convert people.

"It's not preaching to you at all, which I loved and was very important to me," said Garner. "It presents a family for whom faith is a very important part of their journey, but it is not saying you have to believe a certain way to have anything."

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