Newlywed actress Jennifer Garner is remaining open-minded about the long-term future of her marriage with Ben Affleck, because she knows the partnership takes "hard work".

The pregnant ALIAS beauty, 33, was previously married to FELICITY star Scott Foley, until it ended in divorce in last year (MAR04).

After a brief romance with her Alias co-star Michael Vartan, Garner begun dating her DAREDEVIL co-star Affleck in July 2004 and married him in an intimate ceremony in the Caribbean in June (29JUN05).

Despite admitting she "couldn't be happier", Garner admits she doesn't believe marriage guarantees a happy ending.

She tells InStyle magazine, "I don't have this fantasy about marriage anymore.

"Everyone says it takes hard work. Well, it kind of does - and I'm much more pragmatic about romance than I used to be.

"(With Scott) I wanted to see him as a white knight and was crushed whenever anything normal happened. I wanted to be the princess. Now I'm much more willing to see myself as human and flawed, and accept someone - the whole picture.

"My life is definitely changing for the better. I couldn't be happier or feel more comfortable with the direction it's going in."