I have to confess, I have a crush on Ben Affleck. Just so you know, this is not some schoolgirl, “Isn’t he dreamy?” crush. One of my many gigs in Hollywood is moderating Q&As during awards season, and I had the privilege of hosting An Evening With Ben Affleck for the Writers Guild Foundation, which was comprised of just him and me on a stage in front of 150 people for an hour and a half. Now that’s dreamy.
He was by far the easiest, most down-to-earth celebrity I’ve ever met or worked with. That humility and generosity of spirit you see on TV – it’s not an act. That’s what he’s like in real life (which I cannot say for everyone I’ve been privileged enough to work with…) So it is no surprise that he would provide my favorite response of the entire awards season so far.
At the Golden Globes, when asked backstage about being left out of the best director nominations for the Academy Awards, Mr. Affleck said: “We got nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture…. If you can’t be happy with that then your prospects for long-term happiness are probably pretty dim.”
To that, I say, “Bravo!!!” Happiness is not getting everything you’ve ever wanted exactly when you want it, it’s looking at what you’ve got and saying, “Daaaamn. This is good.”
Hope your prospects for long-term happiness are anything but dim. Just remember to be like Ben Affleck, and enjoy what you’ve got.