Matt Damon is in Dalkey
Matt Damon is quarantining in Dalkey!
The actor was due to begin filming on new movie The Last Duel in March.
However, shortly after he arrived with his wife and three youngest daughters the country went into lockdown.
Yesterday, the actor gave a global exclusive interview to SPIN 1038 Fully Charged presenters Graham and Nathan.
He discussed his love for Ireland, his eldest daughter having COVID-19, that SuperValu bag photo and more.
"This is one of the most beautiful places we've ever been," Matt told Graham and Nathan about his temporary home, Dalkey.
"Even in the lockdown, they’re like you’ve gotta stay within 2 kilometres of your house," he went on.
"I mean 2 kilometres of here there’s tress and forests and woods and oceans, I can’t think of any place else you’d rather want to be in a 2 kilometre radius of."
"It feels like a fairy tale here," Matt continued.
"I can see why all these people, you know when we came in they (Dalkey natives) were like well Bono lives over there and Enya lives over there..."
Graham asked Matt what kind of places he has been visiting in Dalkey.
"The first couple of days we were here we went into a book store," the actor replied, "Then everything kinda shut down."
Matt then went on to tell a story about a chat he had with a local barista.
"There's a lovely coffee place that stayed open and actually I was talking to the barista who works there the other they," Matt began.
"You stand two metres apart so only one person goes in at a time, into the shop and orders a coffee, and she said, which I thought was really interesting because I worked at a counter, one of my first jobs, she said normally this place is really buzzing and I've actually gotten to know all of my customers because each come in for three to five minutes and we chat."
"Normally I see them all the time, they're all faces I know, but now I actually know all these people. I know all their families and what's going on with them."
"I thought that was a cool story," Matt finished.
Back when Matt Damon living in Dalkey was still a rumour, a photo appeared of him heading to the beach with a SuperValu bag.
Yesterday Graham and Nathan finally got to clear up what was in the bag.
#MattDamon isolating in Ireland there, carrying his gear in a SuperValu bag
He’s just one utterance of ‘Sure y’know yourself’ away from being fully integrated pic.twitter.com/NQpsSTZDXT
— Laura (@ElleEmSee) April 12, 2020
The presenters joked with the star that it might have been a big bag of cans.
But just like every other Irish parent in good weather, it was full of beach towels.
You're one of us Matt!
Matt's daughter had COVID-19
Later in the interview Matt Damon revealed his eldest daughter had COVID-19.
Alexia is living in New York for college and the star confirmed that she and her roommates did contract the virus early and thankfully they, "got through it fine."
"We’ve got the three younger ones and our oldest one, we’ll reunite with her at the end of the month... But everybody’s okay."
"I think we’ve all got the message now, everybody’s doing the isolation and the social distancing and hand washing, everything we can to mitigate this," the actor continued.
"We’re going to go back to Los Angeles and she’s (Alexia) going to come out so we’ll all be together and figure out what the heck we’re going to do. It’s such an odd limbo that we’re all in."
Matt went on to say that he's "a little worried about going home."
"We don’t have adequate testing so there’s going to be another surge it looks like back home," he said.
"There’s all these areas in America that it hadn’t really penetrated and now, y’know…"
The famous family are staying at Eddie Irvine's sea side mansion.
The property is 5,000 sq.ft., with five bedrooms, a sauna, a jacuazzi, and an outdoor pool!
Lucky for us it's available to rent on AirBnB, so there are lots of photos for us to nose through.
You can check them all out here.