Matt Damon was recently featured in the Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable discussion for ‘leading men’ [via Black Book Magazine], which also included Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, and Jamie Foxx.
When talking about their children being in the acting business, Damon said, “I would try to steer my daughters away from acting. Women are in a different business than we are. It is just brutal for women. For us, the roles get really good at 40 and beyond. And that's really when you start doing your best work.”
He continued, adding, “It's like being a pro athlete: I have friends who were athletes and are now retired. They're my age, and they talk about the frustration of knowing more about their craft and suddenly they're not able to play anymore.”
He also talks about how fame affects you, saying, “When we started [writing] Good Will Hunting, I was 22 and Ben [Affleck] was 20, and it came out when I was 27 and Ben was 25. I always had this theory that you kind of retard emotionally at the moment you become famous: It's not that you change; the world changes in its relationship to you. So your entire reality shifts. And that's a jarring experience and hard to prepare for.”