Jennifer Garner’s teenage daughter Violet looks like she grew up in the White House with a rare appearance

Jennifer Garner and Violet Affleck had a mother-daughter date at the White House for Violet’s 17th birthday.

The Yes Day The actress, 50, and her oldest daughter attended the state dinner Thursday, hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

The Bidens welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, to the administration’s first state dinner. Garner and her daughter—whom she shares with ex-husband Ben Affleck—were two of the 400 VIPs who attended the event.

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For the occasion, Garner opted for a floor-length black Ralph Lauren dress with sequin detailing on the sleeve. She paired the dress with Stuart Weitzman shoes and a black clutch.

Violet’s look featured a Carolina Herrera gown with spaghetti straps and heart prints, pairing the dress with a black clutch and red pointy heels.

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The mother and daughter were seen gently holding hands when they were photographed at the event. It was a rare public outing for the two.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: Actress Jennifer Garner and her daughter Violet arrive for the White House State Dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on December 1, 2022 in Washington, DC.  The official state visit is the first for the Biden administration.  (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 01: Actress Jennifer Garner and her daughter Violet arrive for the White House State Dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on December 1, 2022 in Washington, DC. The official state visit is the first for the Biden administration. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

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Garner has been candid about her close relationship with her children, including Violet.

In 2018, she shared that her maternal instincts kicked in because she knew she was pregnant with Violet, despite her doctor telling her otherwise.

Garner, who also shares daughter Seraphina Rose, 13, and son Samuel Garner, 10, with Affleck, 50, said during the co-host The Ellen DeGeneres ShowThe annual Mother’s Day episode that her home pregnancy test was “so weak” she couldn’t tell. Though a doctor definitely told her “you’re not pregnant” after giving her a “proper test” later that day, she Garner said she woke up that morning and she “just knew it.”

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“I was like, ‘Yeah, I am. I’m telling you I am,'” she recalled telling her doctor, adding that she switched doctors shortly after. “So Violet is 12, and I don’t use that doctor anymore, but I have her so I win!”

Glad as she was to be right, Garner’s first pregnancies—and her next two—were by no means easy. “Each one was more nauseous,” she said. “Each child was worse and worse.”

“With Sera, my middle child, I had to listen to Yo-Yo Ma at night,” she added. “It got worse throughout the day. It wasn’t like in the morning and then I was fine. As the day wore on, it got worse. For some reason Yo-Yo Ma got me through it. I lay there in bed, waiting and hoping that you put me to sleep. It’s crazy, you do crazy things.”

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By the time her pregnancy with Samuel came around, Garner had all but given up. “Forget it, it was like Happy Meals,” she said. “It’s just disgusting. It’s just disgusting what you do.”

Though she said she wasn’t a fan of the changes her body went through during pregnancy, she added, “I love being a mom. I really do.”

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