Matt Damon on Moving Family to New York City

09/21/2009 at 02:00 PM ET

Although Matt Damon only recently relocated his family-of-five — including wife Luciana and their three daughters — from Miami to New York City, he is already considering a move to California. But closer proximity to the movie industry is not what appeals to the 38-year-old actor; Instead, he tells USA Today that he’d like to be closer to good friend Ben Affleck, and Ben’s daughters Violet Anne, 3 ½, and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 8 months.

“We each have two girls within six months of each other. It’s a strong argument to buy a house there and be near Ben.”

For now, Matt says he will stay put and “see how the little kids do” in the big city over the coming months. “If the winter is too tough,” he muses, “we might move to L.A…all my friends with kids live there.”

The weather might not be the only thing that deters the Damons from making New York their permanent residence, however. Matt credits their time spent in Miami as the reason the girls have seen so little paparazzi exposure. “It will be interesting to see what happens now that we’re in New York,” he notes before adding,

“Lucy is not a celebrity, and that really helps. Tabloids sell sex and scandal, and the narrative for me is that he’s married to a normal woman and has got three kids and is kind of quiet. So as long as I don’t do anything stupid…”

Matt and Lucy are parents to Gia Zavala, 13 months, Isabella, 3, and Alexia, 11, Lucy’s daughter from her first marriage. Violet and Seraphina are Ben’s daughters with wife Jennifer Garner. Matt’s new film The Informant! is in theaters now.

Source: USA Today

— Missy

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Ali on

Well, then he should not move to LA because the paparazzi will be all over the girls! NYC is not so bad with that and the celebrities who live in the city don’t get harrassed as they are in LA.

Bancie1031 on

There is a way to live in Los Angeles and stay low key. People do it, it might be hard but it can be done ……
Though I would love to see more of Matt and his beautiful family, I would hate for his family to become stalked by the stalkarazzi; especially since his family isn’t “used” to it (if one can ever really become used to it, that is).

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he’s better off moving to CA to be with ben and his family. they will all be happier together.

Linda on

He’s not married to a celebrity. Two celebrities with children get 4 times the attention someone who is married to a “civilian” would, esp. if the civilian is the wife.

hello on

thats so cool he wants to be near ben, why not! matts a class act

Lorus on

There is just something about a man who refers to his stepchildren as his own. Matt makes me melt.

Gracie on

LA bites the big one.

cbbfan on

its so cool that the two best friends have daughters that are just a few months apart in age!

Violet and Isabella, I’m sure, are best friends already!

woman on

I was always sort of neutral about Matt damon- never thought he was so hot- until I just rewatched Good Will Hunting- and he was so gorgeous and hot in that!