According to a source, the couple try to find ways to balance the 42-year-old actor’s busy career with the needs of their family, which includes daughters Isabella, 6, Gia, 4, Stella, 2, and Alexia, 13, Barroso’s child from a previous relationship.
“[Matt’s] found the trick to having the most normal life possible,” Us magazine quoted the source as saying. “Luciana lets him work and is there for him when he needs. He loves coming home to her after months on set,” the source said.
These days, “home” means Pacific Palisades, California, where the couple shifted from the East Coast earlier this year. According to the source, they originally looked at staying in New York City, but Argentine-born Barroso, 36, preferred the sunnier, more spacious way of living in Southern California and Damon agreed.
“Luciana wanted more space for the kids, and Matt puts family first,” the source said. In fact, Damon turned down some potentially huge career opportunities to devote more time and energy to his roles as a family man.
Last year, the ‘Promised Land’ actor-writer passed on a chance to direct the film as well, citing his family as the driving force behind his decision.
“I’d been away from my kids and my wife,” he recalled at a November 27 New York Times event. “I’d have had to start preproduction just a few weeks later. I couldn’t do it. It was the right decision for my life,” he said.