They Just Aren't Interested
Matt Damon is promoting his new film, Ford V Ferrari, so he's opening up about his family life. He is a stepdad to 20-year-old Alexia Barroso, and has three other daughters: 13-year-old Isabella, 11-year-old Gia, and 9-year-old Stella. Sure, they know their dad is famous, but Damon explained in a recent interview that they are not interested in his movies, especially the one that put him on the map.
"It’s total resistance. I am kind of trying to force them, it’s not working. I’m like, 'Are you sure you don’t want to see Good Will Hunting? You know your dad and Uncle Ben wrote it, right?’ ‘Yeah, dad, I know.’ It’s like, 'Nope.'"
They Do Like Some Of His Movies
While he claimed they'll get around to Good Will Hunting "one of these days," Damon explained that his children with wife Luciana Barroso have seen one of his films, and it might not be one that you expect.
"You know what they did see is The Martian, which was odd, I never was going to show it to them because I felt like it was kind of a movie for [adults]. But their classmates had seen it and so other parents at the school were saying, ‘Oh my daughter loved it.’"
Explaining Movie Magic
Damon explained that he talked his young kids through the movie, explaining the movie magic so they wouldn't get worried for their dad.
"I put it on for the kids at home. It had come out on iTunes so I downloaded it and put it on. I narrated the first 20 minutes because my youngest daughter was still pretty young and [in the beginning] I have that hole in my stomach from the antennae. She was probably six, or seven at the time. Like, ‘Oh look at that fake stomach. You know how dad did that?’ I hit Pause and kind of walked them through that and then they watched it."
His family also accompanied him to the Ford V Ferrari premiere, so they've now seen two of his films.
He Loves Being A Dad
Damon has been open in the past about how much he loves being a dad, even if they don't care about his work. He told Parade,
"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? Everything is full; It’s just full all the time."
But for real, it's time for those kids to see Ocean's 11.