Matt Damon’s family has experienced the coronavirus’ effects first-hand. Currently quarantined with his family in the small town of Dalkey, Ireland, the 49-year-old actor made a surprise appearance on SPIN 1038 Fully Charged – a local radio show where he shared about how the coronavirus had impacted his family and how it was being in lockdown.
Amid quarantine, Damon explained how he ended up in Ireland, sharing that he was in the middle of a movie that he shot first half in France, and they were moving to Ireland, and kind of right when they arrived in Ireland, the movie was shut down.
The Oscar winner also revealed that Alexia, his 21-year-old stepdaughter from his wife Luciana Barroso’s previous marriage, was early on diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Of Alexia, Damon said that she’s in college which obviously has been shut down, but she was in New York City, and really early on she had COVID along with her roommates and got through it fine. He added that he shouldn’t say that their whole family is together – but he reassured everybody’s OK, saying that together with their three younger ones and oldest one, at the end of the month, they’ll reunite with her.
Damon admitted the family has the perfect setup – with his three youngest daughters, Isabella, 13, Gia, 11, and Stella, 9 currently quarantined with their parents.
Referring to Dalkey, he said that it’s incredible and definitely one of the most beautiful places they’ve ever been. He also shared that what’s going on in the world is horribly but it timed out for his family – he’s got his kids, they’ve got teachers with them because they’re planning on missing school for about eight weeks, so they’ve got what nobody else has, which is actual live humans teaching their kids. He also shared that they feel guilty for all their friends doing remote learning after all the schools were shut down back home.- Advertisement -
Thanks to his role in 2011’s Contagion, a thriller about a mass virus outbreak that takes a large portion out of the population, Damon also commented on life imitating art. Damon said that anybody who said you couldn’t have predicted this should take a look at Contagion – they made a movie just by talking to experts ten years ago, adding that since the outbreak began, he’s kept in regular contact with Scott Burns, the film’s screenwriter.