Matt Damon, star of the upcoming film "We Bought a Zoo," opens up about his low-key family life and how he avoids the media madness that plagues some of his famous pals in this Sunday's Parade.
On keeping his life private, especially compared to others in the spotlight:
Brad and Angie, there's much more pressure on them than there is on me. He [Pitt] asked me what my everyday is like. I said, "Well, I grab the kids from school, and then we go over to the park." And he was just looking at me, like, "How can you do that?" Because he can't.
On why he can keep a low profile:
I've been left alone, even by the paparazzi, because what sells is sex and scandal. Absent that, they really don't have much interest in you. I'm still married, still working, still happy.
On being the father of four girls, ranging in age from 13 months to 13 years: Stella, Gia, Isabella, and Alexia, [wife] Luciana Barroso's daughter from a previous marriage:
I jumped into the deep end with Lucy. I mean, Alexia was already 4. I was an extra dad....The only way I can describe it -- it sounds stupid, but -- at the end of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," you know how his heart grows, like, five times its size? Everything is full; it's just full all the time.
On staying away from shirtless scenes:
On the first Bourne movie, I was in the best shape of my life, and we purposely never did a shot of me with my shirt off. There's one scene where [Bourne's lover] is pulling the shirt over my head, but what the camera sees are the two bullet holes in my back. It's not gratuitous; there's a point to it. I try to stay away from the beefcake shots.
Be sure to check out this weekend's issue of Parade magazine in your local newspaper for the full interview with Matt Damon.