Matt Damon on Marriage: 'My Wife is My Soul Mate'
Being Matt Damon has its perks.
"I walked over to the local Pizza Hut in this small town with another actor and we ordered the meat lover's pizza," Damon tells YourTango about improvising when on set with no car but a rumbling stomach.
"It came with about a mile of meat on it. One bite and it was like we ate an entire hamburger," he marvels.
The Boston native, on the other hand, prefers to scale it back while at home with wife Luciana Barroso and their four daughters, ages 2, 4, 6 and 14.
Here, Matt talks about being the only man in his household and how he and Luciana continually put their marriage first.
YourTango: What's it like to live in a house full of girls?
Matt Damon: I don't get a lot of time in the bathroom, but that's okay. I'm surrounded by beautiful girls. I'm a lucky guy.
YourTango: How do you and your wife keep the romance alive?
Matt Damon: We have a two week rule. I'm not away for more than two weeks. I think you need to be with the person you love as much as possible. My wife is my soul mate. I don't like being apart from her.
YourTango: If we went to your house on an average day, what would it look like to an outsider?
Matt Damon: I might make you do diapers! Definitely you would have kids crawling all over you. If you saw me working, you wouldn't believe that anyone could write a script with kids all over him, but I do. I love it.
YourTango: How do you balance work and dad duty?
Matt Damon: I write and then take little breaks. A kid runs in. You give someone a horsey ride and then put that child down, pick up a pen and say, 'Oh, I know the next line for this script.' I also write on the weekends.
YourTango: We have to ask: What's it like to lock lips with Michael Douglas in "Behind the Candelabra"?
Matt Damon: It's great to kiss Michael Douglas. There are only a few of us who know how great it is. Catherine knows. I know. But I don't kiss and tell.
YourTango: What's your idea of an ideal break time?
Matt Damon: Me and my family on a beach.
YourTango: How does it feel to hit your 40s?
Matt Damon: I wish it was a misprint. I'm on the other side of the hill now. I'm more than puzzled by it. I don't feel like 40, but then again, I've been working consistently for so many years. And I have four kids! How did all this happen?
YourTango: How do you juggle things so the family can be together when you're on a long shoot?
Matt Damon: I always wanted to work with Clint Eastwood and he offered me "Invictus," which was shot in South Africa during the school year. My wife and I flew out our entire family, but also our eldest's class of 11-year-olds for a 10-day trip during the school holidays. We arranged it with the school and the kids did a school project there. They learned all about Mandela. It was such a great trip because my family was together and the kids didn't lose any school time. There is always a way to work it out.
YourTango: So many people are Matt Damon fans. Who are you a fan of in the entertainment world?
Matt Damon: I really like Bruce Springsteen. When I did my movie "Promised Land," I heard his album "Wrecking Ball." John Krasinski and I went to a Springsteen concert and I even talked to Bruce after the show about how he feels about America and communities.