Sun­day With Matt Da­mon

The Down­siz­ing star dishes on be­ing a dad, dif­fi­cult au­di­tions and the secret un­der his wed­ding ring.

Los Angeles Times - - PARADE - By Amy Spencer

He’s one of Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest stars in movies from

The Mar­tian to the Bourne se­ries. But this month, Matt Da­mon, 47, has never seemed so small. The ac­tor squeezes into di­rec­tor Alexan­der Payne’s so­cial satire

Down­siz­ing (Dec. 22). He plays oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Paul Safranek, who—along with his wife, Au­drey (Kris­ten Wiig)—is in­spired to join a grow­ing shrink­ing trend, which in­volves un­der­go­ing a pro­ce­dure that makes peo­ple teeny, a move­ment meant to re­duce their eco­log­i­cal im­pact while us­ing their full-size bank ac­counts to live in lux­ury. In real life, Da­mon lives with his wife, Lu­ciana Bar­roso, and four daugh­ters (Stella, 7, Gia, 9, Isabella, 11, and step­daugh­ter Alexia, 18). He shares with Pa­rade his feel­ings on the movie, child­hood mem­o­ries and mar­riage.

What are your fa­vorite Sun­day mem­o­ries grow­ing up?

My dad usu­ally had us on the week­ends, and he had a rule to al­ways keep us mov­ing. That was his one cri­te­ria for par­ent­hood. So we never stopped. We would be play­ing foot­ball or base­ball or bas­ket­ball. He ran us into the ground. I have the best mem­o­ries of play­ing sports with my brother and my dad ev­ery weekend.

What do you like to do on Sun­days now?

Watch the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots win. That’s my ideal Sun­day: on my couch, and the kids are there. The great thing about [liv­ing in] L.A. is those [games] happen at 10 in the morn­ing, so usu­ally the foot­ball game’s over, and you can get out and have a fun day with the kids.

How would you de­scribe Down­siz­ing?

It’s un­like any other movie I’ve ever seen, and that’s why I love it so much. I guess I’d say it’s a satire. It takes such a crazy left turn in the mid­dle, and I re­ally love that. I read some­thing some­one wrote about it the other day, which said some­thing like, “I’ll give you a mil­lion dol­lars if, at the start of the movie, you can tell me where it’s gonna end.”

You shrink in the film. What would you miss most if you were sud­denly re­ally, re­ally tiny?

I think I would miss the sense of se­cu­rity you get from hav­ing some mass to you. I think it would be hor­ri­fy­ing to be five inches tall!

What’s a sit­u­a­tion where, in real life, you’ve felt re­ally small?

The ex­pe­ri­ence of start­ing out as an ac­tor comes with a lot of re­ally hum­bling mo­ments. I’ve been in au­di­tions that haven’t gone par­tic­u­larly well, where you just feel de­meaned. Even if the cast­ing di­rec­tor isn’t try­ing to de­mean you, you can walk away feel­ing pretty, pretty small.

What is some­thing small that means a great deal to you?

My wed­ding ring. My grand­mother gave my mother her ring in her will. My grand­fa­ther didn’t have a lot of money, and the ring he gave her had these tiny, tiny lit­tle di­a­monds in them. They weren’t qual­ity di­a­monds; it was what he could af­ford. But the mar­riage lasted. It wasn’t about the ring; it was about the mar­riage. They were mar­ried for over 60 years. When I told my mother that I was mar­ry­ing Lucy, she gave me that ring. We took three of the di­a­monds and put them on the in­side of my band, and three on the in­side of her band. So they’re not vis­i­ble, but we’re hope­fully car­ry­ing the best part of that union with us.

Go to Pa­­mon to find out who’s the fun­nier dinner guest—Da­mon or his fa­mous friend Ge­orge Clooney.

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