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Matt Damon revealed his oldest daughter had coronavirus in New York City while the rest of the Damons quarantined in Ireland.
The actor, 49, had been in Dublin shooting Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel" when the country began to shut down over coronavirus concerns. He, along with wife Luciana Barroso, and children Isabella, 13, Gia, 12, and Stella, 9, stayed in Ireland while 20-year-old college student, Alexia, stayed stateside.
"She's in New York City and she had COVID really early on along with her roommates and got through it fine," Damon told Dublin radio station Spin 1038 in an interview shared Wednesday. "We'll reunite with her at the end of the month. But everybody's OK, obviously Lucy's mom and my mom – it's scary for that generation."
While filming is shut down, the Damons are well-equipped for quarantine in a foreign country: The kids have teachers there, because they were originally planning to miss about eight weeks of school while their dad worked.
"We've got what nobody else has, which is actual, live human beings teaching our kids," he said. "We feel guilty: We've got this kind of incredible setup in this place that's absolutely gorgeous."
So gorgeous, in fact, that he described living in Ireland during the country’s coronavirus lockdown as like being in a “fairy tale."
“Obviously what’s going on in the world is horrible, but I’m with my whole family, I’ve got my kids,” he said. “Even in the lockdown, they’re like, ‘you got to stay within two kilometers of your house.’ Two kilometers here, there’s trees and forests and woods and ocean and I can’t think of any place you’d rather want to be in a two-kilometer radius of... It feels a bit, you know, like a fairy tale here.”
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The actor also touched on his role in 2011's "Contagion," which has drawn comparisons to the coronavirus pandemic. Damon said he's recently reflected on the movie with screenwriter Scott Burns and some of the real-life epidemiologists who consulted for the movie.
"Anybody who says you couldn't predict this – I mean, just look at 'Contagion,'" Damon said. "Ten years ago, we made a movie just by talking to experts and asking them 'How would this look? And how would it go down?' So it's upsetting. The whole thing is tragic and sad... I think at least now, we know what to do and we won't look at people like they're crazy when they tell us to go sit at home and wash our hands and socially distance."
Contributing: The Associated Press
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus: Matt Damon on 'Contagion,' daughter contracting virus