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Contagion actor Matt Damon reveals stepdaughter contracted COVID-19 ‘early on’

Damon, his wife and their young children are currently quarantined in Ireland while his oldest daughter is in college in the US.

Contagion actor Matt Damon reveals stepdaughter contracted COVID-19 ‘early on’

Actor Matt Damon starred in the 2011 pandemic film, Contagion. (Photo: AFP / Getty Images North America / Emma McIntyre)

Matt Damon revealed that his stepdaughter, 20-year-old college student Alexia Barroso, had contracted COVID-19 while studying in New York City during the earlier days of the outbreak. The actor said that “she got through it fine” though.

Damon and the rest of his family could not be with Alexia as they were in Ireland, where the actor was filming for Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel when production was shut down and lockdown measures were imposed. 

He is currently in self-quarantine alongside wife Luciana Barroso, and children Isabella, 13, Gia, 12, and Stella, nine. 

In an interview with Dublin’s SPIN 1038 Fully Charged radio show, Damon said: “(Alexia’s) in New York City and she had COVID really early on along with her roommates and got through it fine.”

“We'll reunite with her at the end of the month. But everybody's OK, obviously (wife) Lucy's mum and my mum – it's scary for that generation,” he continued.

Luckily for the Damons, they had made prior arrangements before arriving in Ireland that has allowed them to pass the time with some sense of normalcy. Damon explained that his children already had plans to be home-schooled while in Ireland.

“We've got what nobody else has, which is actual, live human beings teaching our kids," he said. "We feel guilty: We've got this kind of incredible setup in this place that's absolutely gorgeous.”

The 49-year-old also talked about the 2011 film Contagion – in which he played the role of Mitch Emhoff – which many have cited as being eerily similar to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

He said: “Anybody who says you couldn't predict this – I mean, just look at Contagion. Ten years ago, we made a movie just by talking to experts and asking them 'How would this look? And how would it go down?' So it's upsetting.”He added: “The whole thing is tragic and sad... I think at least now, we know what to do and we won't look at people like they're crazy when they tell us to go sit at home and wash our hands and socially distance.”

Source: CNA/sr

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