Matt Damon on the Biggest Realization of Fatherhood

11/24/2009 at 08:00 AM ET

While everyone loves the idea of celebrity dads Ben Affleck and Matt Damon enjoying an occasional playdate with their daughters, Matt says that it is yet to happen. “We’re on different coasts,” he pointed out recently to OK!

Chatting from the premiere for the History Channel’s new documentary The People Speak, Matt said that his family — who recently relocated to New York City — would be heading back to Florida for the holidays. He added that he hoped his political activism would someday rub off on daughters Alexia, 11, Isabella, 3, and Gia Zavala, 15 months.

“The tagline is that Democracy is not a spectator sport,” he notes.

“That’s what I would want, more than anything, my kids to take away. This country is about participation, activism, understanding the history of the country, understanding your place in that history, being involved and being a productive part of the American experience.”

The 39-year-old actor credits “good communication” for his happy marriage to wife Luciana, and says that parenthood has been eye-opening as well. He jokes,

“I never knew I could function this well with no sleep. That was a realization.”

Ben is dad to Violet Anne, turning 4 next week, and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 10 months, with wife Jennifer Garner.

Source: OK!

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Elli on

struggeling with finding sleep at night myself (I have a newborn and a two-year-old), I understand Matt’s comment just too well! Amazing what a human body is capable of…

leonor on

I love Matt. He seems so grounded. We never see pictures of his daughters. They must do a good job avoiding the paparazzi.

Chelsea on

I think it’s great that Matt is raising Alexia as his own. He sounds like a great dad.

Natasha on

I think Alexia’s father is still in the picture too.

Chelsea on

^If her bio dad is still in the picture, that’s even better, she has two dads that love her!

CelebBabyLover on

Okay, I’m totally confused. The article says that a Damon-Affleck playdate has yet to happen….Yet we saw pictures of the two families vacationing together in Hawaii back in 2007.

Linda on

Probably he was talking about recently, since their other two daughters (Gia and Sera) were born.