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Ben Affleck credits all his success to wife Jennifer Garner

Meanwhile Kaley Cuoco says she's not a feminist, Taylor Swift is (maybe) 2014's most charitable celeb and the Queen's annual Honours list is out

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 31 Dec 2015

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Gone Girl star Ben Affleck credits wife Jennifer Garner for all his success
The old saying that there's a woman behind every successful man holds true for Ben Affleck, who recently told Loaded magazine that he credits his wife of nine years, Jennifer Garner, with helping him get to where he is.

If you've forgotten where exactly that is, here's a quick recap: Ben not only acts but also writes, directs and produces. He's bagged two Oscars and been nominated for a slew of other awards. He's in one of the year's hottest movies, Gone Girl, and we can look forward to seeing him as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

"Getting to know Jennifer, falling in love with her and being connected with her gave me a foundation to reach out and say, okay, I'm going to do Hollywoodland," he said in the interview. "I'm going to direct Gone Baby Gone. Those were the steps forward I needed to put positive stuff on the board."

There were rumours earlier this year that Ben and Jennifer were facing marriage problems, largely arising from Ben's supposed gambling addiction. However, Ben denied any rumours Jennifer was planning to leave him, calling them "tabloid s**t".

Now that he's giving credit where credit's due and remembering the people behind him? In our eyes, that's where he's a real winner.

Mary Quant, Kristin Scott Thomas and Joan Collins on the Queen's honours list
It can't be a bad start to 2015 for the people recognised by Queen Elizabeth II in her annual New Year honours list. Designer Mary Quant has been made a Dame for services to British fashion, while the Hong Kong owner of Harvey Nichols, Dickson Poon, has been knighted for his services to business and charity.

In acting, Kristin Scott Thomas has been honoured as a Dame for services to drama, John Hurt received a knighthood and Sheridan Smith, Emily Watson and Meera Syal also received honours. The 81-year-old actress Joan Collins has also been made a Dame for her charitable work.

From the literary world, Carol Ann Duffy received a Damehood, adding to her already impressive standing as Britain's first female and first Scottish Poet Laureate; novelist Ali Smith, who was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year, was also awarded the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). See the full New Year's Honours list 2015 here.

Taylor Swift voted the year's most charitable celebrity
DoSomething.org, an organisation that campaigns for social change, has released its annual Celebs Gone Good list celebrating stars' engagement in positive social initiatives. Topping the "Top Celeb" list is Taylor Swift for her donation to New York City schools and for speaking up on feminist issues, among other things. She is followed by Laverne Cox, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson, while others in the list of 20 include Amy Poehler, Demi Lovato and John Legend. Celebs are also honoured in two other categories, "Celebs to Watch" and "Internet Celebs", the latter being determined entirely by online votes.

How Taylor Swift tops Emma Watson for speaking up on feminist causes baffles us too, but this may just be a result of the way the list is determined – the ratings take into account each celeb's STARmeter ranking on the IMDB and advice from an advisory committee, but it is probably the public votes and nominations that carry the greatest weight.

Kaley Cuoco says feminism is "not really something I think about"
Earlier this year, Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory signed on for another three years with the top comedy series, and is said to be getting paid $1 million per episode alongside co-stars Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki. That's a rather plush deal, and perhaps why she feels privileged enough not to have to think about feminist causes.

In an interview with Redbook, published online on Tuesday, Kaley is asked if she considers herself a feminist. She replies, "Is it bad if I say no? It's not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around... I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality."

She goes on to talk about her relationship with husband Ryan Sweeting, whom she married after dating for only three months. "I cook for Ryan five nights a week: It makes me feel like a housewife; I love that," she said. "I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I'm so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him."

Other women in the world – like the ones who don't have the privilege of working outside the home or choosing their husbands – are not so lucky. Feminism equals being "so in control" of everything that Kaley chooses to do, so pardon us if we roll our eyes a little at the irony.


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