Matt Damon attended the premiere for his History Channel documentary The People Speak on Thursday (November 18) in New York City. The busy father of three chatted with OK! on the red carpet about his hopes for his daughters, their Thanksgiving plans and if his girls have had play dates with Violet and Seraphina Affleck.
The 39-year-old Cambridge native talked about his new documentary and how he hopes to teach his girls to be politically active.
“The tagline is that ‘Democracy is not a spectator sport,’” Matt says. “That’s what I would want, more than anything, my kids to take away. This country is about participation, activism, understanding the history of the country, understanding your place in that history, being involved and being a productive part of the American experience.”
Although they’re been BFFs for years, Matt Damon said that his girls – Isabella, 3, and Gia, 1 – haven’t had play dates with Ben Affleck’s little ones, Violet, 3, and Seraphina, 10 months. “We’re on different coasts,” Matt says.
The Oscar winner said fatherhood is full of surprises. “I never knew I could function this well with no sleep. That was a realization.” Matt and wife Luciana, who celebrate their fourth anniversary in December, rely on “good communication” to maintain their happy union. For Luciana – who has an 11-year-old daughter, Alexia, from a previous relationship – keeping Matt happy is fairly simple. “She just has to get out of bed in the morning,” he says.
And what are their Thanksgiving plans? “We’re getting out of town for a few days, and going down to Florida,” Matt says. When asked about his favorite holiday tradition, Matt says he loves all the food. “It’s gotta be the eating,” he says. “Thanksgiving, yeah. It’s gotta be the eating.”
The People Speak writer Howard Zinn has known Matt since he was 5-years old. What makes him a great father?
“He hasn’t been Hollywood-ized,” Zinn says. “He’s a very straight, honest, intelligent, thoughtful, socially-conscious person. I’ve known him for a very long time. I love him.”
He adds, “I remember seeing him with kids before he had kids. He was always good with kids. Maybe it was because his mother was always good with him. He was raised by a single mother. She did a great job with him and his brother.”
Zinn also talked about the perfect union between Matt and Luciana.
“She’s not a Hollywood type, either. Not at all. She’s just a human being, and she’s very unassuming, modest. They’re both regular people, so they’re great together.”
The People Speak airs December 13 on The History Channel.