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Matt Damon credits his wife Luciana's advice for helping him snap out of a career 'depression'

While filming a movie he felt wasn't going to work out, Damon's wife, Luciana Barroso, helped put things into perspective.

Matt Damon credits his wife Luciana's advice for helping him snap out of a career 'depression'
Cover Image Source: Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso attend "The Last Duel" Premiere on October 09, 2021, in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

Matt Damon is opening up about the time when his wife helped him out of a dark period in his life. The "Oppenheimer" star admitted that he struggles to complete movies he knows won't be good. The 52-year-old actor explained one such experience in a recent interview with Jake's Takes, saying: "Without naming any particular movies, sometimes you find yourself in a movie that you know, perhaps, might not be what you had hoped it would be, and you're still making it." 

Luciana Barroso (L) and Matt Damon (R) attend Amazon Studios' World Premiere Of
Luciana Barroso (L) and Matt Damon (R) attend Amazon Studios' World Premiere Of "AIR" at Regency Village Theatre on March 27, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

"And I remember halfway through production and you've still got months to go and you've taken your family somewhere, you know, and you've inconvenienced them, and I remember my wife [Luciana Barroso] pulling me up because I fell into a depression about like, what have I done?" he continued. His wife of 18 years quickly shifted his perspective by telling him simply, "'We're here now.'"

The "Air" star continued, "I do pride myself, in a large part because of her, at being a professional actor. And what being a professional actor means is you go and you do the 15-hour day and give it absolutely everything, even in what you know is going to be a losing effort," he said. "If you can do that with the best possible attitude, then you're a pro. And she really helped me with that."

Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso attend the U.S. premiere of Hulu's
Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso attend the U.S. premiere of Hulu's "Catch-22" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 07, 2019, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

According to PEOPLE, the couple met 20 years ago and celebrated the anniversary of their first meeting recently. Damon visited the bar his now 46-year-old wife used to work at in 2003 and they later tied the knot in 2005. The pair share daughters Isabella, 16, Gia, 14, and Stella, 12. Barroso also has a daughter named Alexia, 24, from a previous relationship. Damon holds his family close to his heart... and skin! In 2019, he came up with a new tattoo by an artist Winter Stone on his arm. It had the names of all his daughters written in cursive writing along with his wife's name Lucy.


 
 
 
 
 
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During his appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on April 7, the "Good Will Hunting" star said that when it comes to his kids watching his movies, his daughter, Isabella, opts to watch his less popular films, reports TODAY. She has a way of roasting her dad, he claimed. "My 16-year-old likes to give me a hard time and she is very clear about not wanting to see anything that I'm in if she thinks it might be good," he said. 



 

Instead, she prefers to watch a film with negative reviews. "Oh my God," Meyers said. "That is the most ice-cold 16-year-old thing I've ever heard." Damon gave an example of one of his "not very good" films, "The Great Wall."

"My daughter was talking to one of her friends, and she was talking about this movie," Damon recalled. "She kept calling it 'The Wall.' And I was finally like, 'Isabella, that movie is called, 'The Great Wall.' She was like, 'Dad, there is nothing great about that movie.'" Ouch!



 

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