Matt Damon is a lucky man in more ways than one: He is the personification of a Hollywood mega superstar, he has been nominated for multiple Oscars, and he is married to the stunning Argentinian Luciana Barroso.
Even though they have been married since 2005, the couple has had little to no controversy surrounding their marriage. Considered one of Hollywood's most beloved IT couples, the duo is the definition of marriage goals!
We look at one-half of the Hollywood IT couple in this list of 7 facts about Luciana Barroso.
Luciana Barroso was born Luciana Bozan Barroso in Salta, Argentina. The daughter of an insurance salesman father and a housekeeper mother, Luciana, came from humble beginnings.
She worked as an air hostess before becoming a bartender in Florida. She met Matt Damon while working, and the rest is history.
Is it possible that Matt Damon is so good an actor that his real-life imitates his reel-life? That could be one explanation, or maybe it was fate, or perhaps a weird set of coincidences?
Whatever the case, Matt and Luciana's first meeting played out like a Hollywood love story. Matt was supposed to begin shooting for the 2003 comedy Stuck on You in Hawaii, but as fate would have it, the location was changed to Miami.
While filming, Matt was goaded into going out to a bar for drinks, and it was in the bar that he saw Luciana, who was working as a bartender. If events hadn't played out as it did, the two would have never met. Do you believe in fate yet?
In an interview on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Matt vividly reminisced their fated meeting:
“I literally saw her across a crowded room, literally. Eight years and four kids later, that’s my life. I don’t know how else our paths would’ve crossed if that didn’t happen. If all those things didn’t happen.”
Belaying the tradition of extravagant Hollywood marriages, Luciana and Matt Damon instead exchanged wedding vows in a private civil ceremony in the Manhattan Marriage Bureau of the New York City Hall.
The ceremony was held on December 9, 2005, and among the in-attendants were close friends and family relatives.
While their first wedding ceremony was an intimate affair, their second go-around was anything but!
Seven years after their marriage, Luciana and Matt thought it long overdue for a renewal of their vows to each other. This time, however, the ceremony was more befitting of the status of Hollywood's best IT couple.
The lavish affair took place in the Sugar Beach Resort in Soufrière, Saint Lucia. The couple pulled out all the stops for the ceremony, dropping 600 Grand to book the entire resort for the service.
The wedding was officiated by Damon's good friend, TV host Jimmy Kimmel. The couple exchanged vows under the Caribbean sun. The sandy beaches and the miles of the never-ending sea gave the backdrop for the dream-like ceremony.
E! News had the inside scoop Matt and Luciana's wedding vows. Among other things, Matt's vows read:
"I vow to keep my sense of humor through everything and anything life throws at us…to defend you in public and correct you in private, to hold the handheld shower when you're rinsing the dye out of your hair even though you say I don't do it right, to always respect your views even when we disagree—like about the fact that there's a right way and a wrong way to hold a handheld shower…to make a fool out of myself in front of you—but not too often…to be the dad our four beautiful children deserve, to be your best friend."
For her part, Luciana's promises read:
"I vow to not yell at you when you hold the handheld shower wrong—and yes, you do it wrong, to take the side of the bed closest to the bathroom no matter where on earth we are, to protect you from yourself when you sleepwalk but also to videotape you if I can find my phone in the dark…to be the mom our four beautiful girls deserve…and no matter what unpredictable direction life takes us in, to be right next to you loving you with everything I have."
Given how secretive Luciana is about her private life, it is a miracle that information about her previous marriage has been made public. She had indeed been married to an Argentinian Arbello Barroso. Their marriage yielded a daughter, Alexia Barroso.
Luciana and Arbello had an amicable separation, and remain friends. When Matt and Luciana got married, Matt adopted Alexia into his family. Proving there was no animosity, Arbello praised Matt for his caring od Alexia.
In an interview with Star Magazine in 2014, Arbello said of Matt Damon:
“I couldn’t possibly have asked for a better stepfather for my daughter than Matt. He treats Alexia like she is his own flesh and blood. Matt has been an absolute blessing for my daughter.”
Aside from her daughter, Alexia, by Arbello, Luciana bore three more children by Matt: all daughters.
Isabella came into the world in June 2006, followed by Gia Zavala in August 2008, and Stella Zavala would complete the trifecta in October 2010.
Despite having three daughters, Matt does not play favourites and treats Alexia as his own.
Some people jump over hoops to remain relevant in Hollywood. Luciana is not one of those people. The 44-year-old Argentinian stunner may have Hollywood good-looks, but she loathes the spotlight.
Long-lasting marriage is as elusive in Hollywood as secrecy, but Luciana and Matt have managed both.
By his own admission, Matt attributes his longstanding marriage to Luciana and her efforts towards keeping their private lives private.
In an interview with Esquire Magazine, Damon said:
“I got lucky, I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn’t double — it grows exponentially.”
There is an old saying: "People cannot ruin what they don't know," a motto Luciana takes to heart.