The star of this month’s True Grit admits that he’s pretty powerless when it comes to saying no to his daughters.
Matt Damon is one of the biggest stars in the world, but when one of his daughters (he and wife Luciana have three together, Isabella, 4, Gia, 2, and newborn Stella, while Luciana, 35, also has another daughter, Alexia, 12, from a previous marriage) bats her eyes at him and asks him for something, he turns into a puddle.
“She was asking me for something,” Matt, 40, tells of Isabella, 1½ at the time, in the latest issue of USA Weekend. “It was a treat. I was about to give it to her. She was looking at me and I was in a trance. Lucy walked into the room and said, ‘Isabella.’ And she looked up at her mother and broke into the most mischievous grin. I realized that this 18-month-old already knew that I was completely wrapped around her finger and it made me think how unfair the fight was between men and women. I was helpless in front of this 18-month-old. So what chance did I have with her mom?”
The problem with being so smitten, obviously, is that discipline is tough for the movie star, though he swears he doesn’t force Luciana to always be the bad guy. “I wouldn’t say Lucy is strict,” he says in defense of his wife of five years. “But she’s definitely better than I am. I think if my kids were boys, I’d be, because I really understand boys. I don’t think I’d have any problem putting my foot down with consistency and authority and frequency, but with girls …”
His voice trails off, but it’s easy to figure out where he was going with that.