Matt Damon: My Kids Are "Excited" to Move From New York to L.A.

Celebrity News Aug. 4, 2013 AT 9:00AM
Matt Damon and wife Luciana on September 7, 2012 Speaking about his upcoming move from New York City to L.A., Matt Damon says his kids are "excited" to have more space Credit: Sonia Recchia/Getty

Matt Damon is trading his New York state of mind for wide open spaces in L.A. -- and though he's said it'll be hard to leave the Big Apple, he knows it's the right decision for his family. Speaking to Us Weekly at an NYC screening of his new movie, Elysium, on Tuesday, July 30, the 42-year-old actor and father of four said his kids with wife Luciana are handling the upcoming move well.

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"Our oldest one is excited," he told Us. "The younger ones, I think it's kind of hard for them to grasp it." That said, they're looking forward to a change of scenery. "They'll have a yard, and they're really excited about that," he shared. "That's not something you get [in New York City]."

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(During his TODAY show appearance earlier on Tuesday, the star explained his family's reasons for moving, saying: "Basically all of our friends with little kids are out there [in L.A.]. We're a little conflicted. We love it here, we're really happy here and New York will always be here. It might just turn out to be a little jaunt out there and then a return...It's hard to leave here.")

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Damon also spoke to reporters at the Elysium screening about getting in shape for his role in the upcoming sci-fi action film. "It was really hard because I love to eat and I love to drink," he confessed. "I'm at the point in my life where somebody was silly enough to marry me and won't leave me if I put on a few pounds. It's very hard to motivate me to get in shape."

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Damon joked that he preferred his body in The Informant, for which he put on 40 pounds. "I was like, 'You like this guy too, don't you?'" he said of Luciana. "I'm trying to talk her into that guy. That's the guy I'm most comfortable being."

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