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Matt Damon News Column
Interviews, Letterman Monday
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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 4th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: German Vanity Fair

Second half :

VF Did success make you happy?

M.D. Success is relative. Naturally it is good for the ego - and for the bank account. But since I know both sides the coin, I know also how quickly everything can go away. Also there's a lot of luck involved and that I don't forget. However at the end of the day what fills me with joy is the thought of my daughter and my wife. I married the love of my life - Luciana Barroso - one year ago, and we've since had a daughter together. That is the genuine happiness in my life and my daughter Isabella is my everything.

VF Can being a star and a family man at the same time possible?

M.D. That runs surprisingly very parallel although we are a large family. My wife comes from Argentina, I'm from the USA - there's a large extended and scattered family on the North American continent. To be honest I don't think I could carry the heavy work load out without all of my family because I draw my strength from the people that I love.

VF Does your private family life make it easier to deal with fame?

M.D. Yes, naturally - and also against other adversities in life. For example last year my freshly reconditioned New Yorker apartment was flooded by a defective fire sprinkler. Everything which was dear to me and expensive was absolutely ruined. Before my daughter was born that would have completely done me in. But when they called me to tell me about the disaster I was holding my daughter in my arms in order to rock her to sleep. I did not stop rocking her for even one second. Everything that I really needed I was holding in my arms already.


That's the family stuff, Felicity. He goes on to say that he wouldn't even want to trade places with George Clooney. Matt says he's stopped wanting to be somebody else after the age of three.

mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 4th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: German Vanity Fair

Awesome - thanks Maureen. That's a lot better than my poor machine translation.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: German Vanity Fair

Married the love of his life, that's so amazing, I bet he's glad he waited for the right woman to come along, and you can see in photos with Luciana how happy they are, they still look like newly-weds to me. Agree 100% with his views on love and family. I'd be lost without mine, there is nothing better than being surrounded by people who love you and want the best for you.

My sister is in shock about his decision to quit the Bourne franchise, and that Bourne might die in Ultimatum, I'm glad she doesn't know where he lives. I broke the news to her as gently as I could, but she still wailed like a banshee :D Marcia
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