Sean Penn: Robin Wright Took "Half of Everything I Had in the Divorce"

Celebrity Body Jan. 5, 2011 AT 4:21PM
Sean Penn: Robin Wright Took "Half of Everything I Had in the Divorce" Credit: Araya Diaz/WireImage.com; Arthur Mola/Getty Images

Sean Penn is doing extensive, full-time volunteer work in earthquake-ravaged Haiti -- but he's not feeling particularly charitable about his ex-wife Robin Wright.

The actor, 50, moved to the devastated island to help out after the Jan. 12, 2010 disaster. "I had nothing pressing," he explains to The Hollywood Reporter of leaving Hollywood. "I got practical issues, like everyone else...I had just got taken for one half of everything I had in the divorce, so it's not like I don't have to work."

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Together since 1989, Penn and actress Robin, 44, wed in 1996 and have two kids: son Hopper, 16, and daughter Dylan, 19. After a couple splits and reconciliations, the pair called it quits for good in August 2009, when she filed divorce papers.

He says the breakup had a bigger impact than moving to Haiti. "A much more profound change in life for me personally was not being able to raise my son in a whole family through high school."

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Penn tells the Hollywood Reporter he never intended to stay in Haiti -- where he is currently leading a camp of 55,000 displaced people -- so long.

"When I first came to Haiti, the decision was to go for two weeks." He adds: "There's a great thing Paul Newman said about his long marriage: 'As it turns out, we still love each other.' That’s how I feel: 'As it turns out, I'm still here.'"

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"Let's face it," adds the star. "I'm a person that feels pretty alienated from the rest of the world and never felt understood by anyone."

When will Penn's work be done in Haiti? "There's no end point," he says. "This is where I'll be when I'm not working, for the rest of my life."

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