Matt Damon has one of the most successful careers in Hollywood – an Oscar winner, A-list actor and all-around great guy.
But his Hollywood success didn’t come until he was in his early 20’s when he hit it big alongside collaborator Ben Affleck in the Academy Award winning Good Will Hunting. And according to Matt, his mother is glad he didn’t try to start his career when he was younger.
In the August issue of Esquire, Matt discussed his mom’s take on child actors, saying:
“My mother thought it was child abuse. She literally did. She was a professor who specialized in early childhood development, and she thought putting a child onstage or in a commercial or in a movie was child abuse. So when I did Elysium with Jodie Foster I asked her. I mean, she’s basically been acting since she was born. I figured, if anyone’s going to know, it should be her, right? So I asked her. And she sort of smiled and said, ‘It depends on the child.”
Whatever their mothers did, both Matt and Jodie turned out to be two of the most grounded stars in Hollywood.