Actor Mark Ruffalo is known as one of the “nice” stars in Hollywood – and perhaps, not so ironically – he lives nowhere near the big city lights. Ruffalo, his wife of 10 years, Sunrise Coigney, along with the couples three children live on an old dairy farm in a village in New York State, nearly 3 hours north-west of the Big Apple.
Over the past 10 years the down-to-earth actor has starred in a line up of films such as Shutter Island, and Zodiac, earning him both critical acclaim and commercial success. During this time he has welcomed three children, Keen, Bella, and Odette, and has survived a brain tumor, and sadly the death of his brother in 2008.
In an interview with NPR, the actor opened up about his career, his family, and healing.
On living in a small village: “You always get to look your kid in the eye. My wife, in the eye. And as a family, it’s been the healthiest thing I think we’ve ever done. We’re always together. It’s not like that in the city. Here, it’s basically us and our friends, and there’s nowhere to run.”
On the nine-months following surgery for a brain tumor: “It was really, really hard to concentrate, to form ideas, to talk at times. Oh, it was such a bad time. So scary, man. I was in the car, and my wife was driving. I was looking at my face. I tried to move it, you know, and I saw the slightest, tiniest little twitch by my eye. We were both, like, screaming, ‘Oh my god, it’s moving.’ And crying.”
For the complete interview with Mark Ruffalo, visit NPR…