Matt Damon’s family has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis after his eldest daughter contracted the respiratory illness while he was quarantined in a small town in Ireland.
“I’m in the middle of a movie that I shot the first half in France and we were moving to Ireland and kind of right when we arrived in Ireland, the movie was shut down,” Damon, 49, recently said of how he ended up in Dalkey, Ireland amid the lockdown. More specifically, he was filming Ridley Scott’s new movie, The Last Duel, when quarantine began. Soon after, he shared details about his stepdaughter, Alexia, from his wife Luciana Barroso’s previous marriage, who he considers his own child.
“Our oldest daughter’s in college. Obviously that’s been shut down, but she’s in New York City. She had COVID really early on along with her roommates and got through it fine,” he continued. “So I shouldn’t say our whole family’s together. Of our four kids we’ve got the three younger ones and our oldest one, we’ll reunite with her at the end of the month. But everybody’s OK.”
Meanwhile, the Hollywood titan’s other daughters, Isabella, 13, Gia, 11, and Stella, 9, are currently quarantined with their parents and it seems as if they’re enjoying their time in Ireland.
“It’s incredible. It’s one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been,” he said of Dalkey. “Obviously what’s going on in the world is horrible, but for my family, it timed out. I’m with my whole family, I’ve got my kids, and we had teachers with us because we were planning on missing school for about eight weeks, so we’ve got what nobody else has, which is actual live human beings teaching our kids. All their friends, the schools are all shut down back home and the kids are doing remote learning, so we feel guilty. We’ve got this incredible set up in this place, which is gorgeous.”