Ben Affleck says 'of course' he still loves Jennifer Garner: 'She's wonderful'

Retire your sad Ben Affleck memes because the actor is back in action after a tumultuous few months out of the spotlight, and he’s singing the praises of ex-wife Jennifer Garner

The “Alias” alum inevitably came up during a “Today” show interview with Affleck on Monday morning and, of course, human ray of sunshine Hoda Kotb was the one to note how the Oscar winner lit up talking about the mother of his children. 

When Kotb told Affleck “you can tell you still love her” in reference to Garner, he immediately responded, “Of course, she’s wonderful. Somebody’s the mother of your kids, they’re going to be the most important, central person in your life, and that’s good.”

The former couple, who share three children together, finalized their divorce in November 2018, three years after announcing their separation following 10 years of marriage. 

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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)
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)
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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) 23116_016_1209.jpg
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 08, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 04, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on September 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on June 02, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stav/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on February 03, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on April 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on April 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on March 06, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stone-e/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on October 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on October 03, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on July 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ben Affleck' Episode 1641 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck during the monologue on May 18, 2013 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attends 'Argo' Post Premiere Party - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 04, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on June 02, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stav/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on June 02, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 04, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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While the stars have since moved on to new relationships ― Affleck has recently rekindled a romance with ex-girlfriend Lindsay Shookus ― the two are spotted on regular family outings and celebrate holidays, as well as vacation, together with their children. 

Affleck called fatherhood the “the focus of my life” and praised Garner in the interview for ensuring they co-parent successfully. 

“I hope I’m a pretty good dad. I certainly try very hard,” he told Kotb. “I’m lucky they’ve got a great mom, and she helps out a great deal with making sure that we co-parent in as good a way as possible.”

He added: “It’s what makes me happy and the rest of the stuff kind of follows.”

PHOTOS: Jennifer Garner and her children at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

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Actress Jennifer Garner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. - Garner, who received the 2,641st star in the Motion Picture category, stars in the soon to be released film 'Peppermint.' (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner (second from R) and family attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Jennifer Garner poses with members of her family at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. From left are parents Patricia Ann Garner and William John Garner, her children Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, Samuel Garner Affleck and her sister Melissa Garner Wylie. - Garner, who received the 2,641st star in the Motion Picture category, stars in the soon to be released film 'Peppermint.' (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Garner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. - Garner, who received the 2,641st star in the Motion Picture category, stars in the soon to be released film 'Peppermint.' (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner and her daughter, Violet Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner (L) and Samuel Garner Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck (L) and Samuel Garner Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Susannah Kay Garner Carpenter, Jennifer Garner, and Melissa Garner Wylie attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner with her parents and sisters at the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actress Jennifer Garner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. - Garner, who received the 2,641st star in the Motion Picture category, stars in the soon to be released film 'Peppermint.' (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: A general view of atmosphere at the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: (L-R) William John Garner, Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, Jennifer Garner, and Samuel Garner Affleck attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, and Bryan Cranston attend the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner speaks during the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Jennifer Garner attends the ceremony honoring Jennifer Garner with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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But while Affleck has seemingly maintained a steady presence in his kids’ lives, he’s battled some personal demons as of late. 

In October, the “Argo” director completed a 40-day stay at a treatment center for alcohol addiction, his third rehab stint. Garner was photographed driving him to a rehabilitation facility in Malibu, California, in August after reportedly staging an intervention. 

“It doesn’t really bother me to talk about alcoholism and being an alcoholic. It’s part of my life. It’s something that I deal with,” Affleck explained. “It doesn’t have to sort of subsume my whole identity and be everything, but it is something that you know you have to work at.”

After exiting the rehab facility, Affleck posted a candid, emotional note on Instagram, explaining he hopes that his own struggles might inspire somebody else to get help. 

“I feel like I had a problem and I really want to address it, and I take some pride in that, ” he continued. “It’s about yourself, your life, your family, and you know people ― we encounter these kinds of hurdles and we have to deal with them.”

Garner, meanwhile, has reportedly been dating businessman John Miller for months. The two were spotted on a romantic dinner date in Santa Monica just last month.

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck stand arm in arm at the premiere of Good Will Hunting. Both co-scripted and starred in the movie. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Actor Ben Affleck and actor Matt Damon attend the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attend The 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck during The 72nd Annual Academy Awards - Vanity Fair Party at Morton's in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ben Affleck & Matt Damon during Project Greenlight Announces Top Three Finalists at Galaxy Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon during 2003 Park City - Project Greenlight/Express Party at Harry O's at Harry O's in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 13: Actors Ben Affleck (left) and Matt Damon (right) attend the announcement of the winners of this year's Project Greenlight on July 13, 2004 at The Highlands, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck during 'Feast' World Premiere at Brenden Theaters at The Palms Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attend the OneXOne Gala at the Four Seasons Performance Centre on Sept. 9, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - JULY 02: Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon arrive at the Ante Up for Africa celebrity poker tournament at the Rio Hotel & Casino July 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Proceeds from the event will benefit survivors of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck during the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
Actor Ben Affleck presents Matt Damon with his award at the 24th Annual American Cinematheque Award presentation to Matt Damon, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attend the Modern Master Award presented To Ben Affleck at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 25, 2013 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attend the 'Project Greenlight' event at Boulevard3 on November 7, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 09: Actors Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck arrive at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Live By Night' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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