Thank you, Matt Damon, for this glorious decade of marriage.
Oh, not our marriage to him (the one-sided terms of which will remain private), but the star of The Martian is celebrating his 10th wedding anniversary with wife Luciana Barroso today—and let us be the first to congratulate them on their relatively dull 10 years.
And we mean that in the best way possible, because too much excitement tends to not be a harbinger of success for most Hollywood unions.
Instead of providing tabloid fodder and knowing nods around the virtual water cooler, Matt and Luciana just met-cute in 2003 (she was tending bar in Miami, where he was filming a movie), tied the knot two years later in a private civil ceremony and have been happily busy raising their four girls—their daughters together, Isabella, Gia and Stella, and Alexia, from Barroso's previous marriage—and maintaining a relatively stable life as Damon's career has steadily skyrocketed.
With the big 1-0 approaching, Damon told E! News at The Martian junket, "She's hung in there with me for 10 years, so she deserves a medal or something."
The 10th anniversary does happen to be tin, traditionally—but perhaps better for all involved, a more modern approach in the U.S. these days for the Tin Anniversary is the gift of diamonds.
Anyway, we have total faith that he figured it out in time. But the reason we harbor such jolly feelings for the couple also has everything to do with the things Damon has said about his wife and family over the past 10 years. Let's enjoy some of his greatest hits together:
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• Pressed to comment on how his buddy Ben Affleckwas doing this summer in the wake of his split from Jennifer Garner after 10 years, Damon deftly deflected attention from his pal and sent an extra compliment Barroso's way. "I think marriage is insane," he told Entertainment Tonight. "It's a crazy idea but I love being married to my wife. So I wouldn't tell anybody else about their relationship. But I'm lucky I found my wife. And I guess maybe, if there's any secret … it's to feel lucky.
The couple even renewed their vows two years ago and it didn't leave us with a pit of dread in our stomachs.
• How do they make it work when Damon is always needed here and there all over the world to film those movies of his? They have the scheduling thing down, of course--plus they make the most of it, such as when the whole fam joined him in South Africa for an educational vacay while he shot Invictus. "We have a two week rule," he explained to Your Tango. "I'm not away for more than two weeks. I think you need to be with the person you love as much as possible. My wife is my soul mate. I don't like being apart from her."
• Damon counts his blessings because perhaps no one was more surprised than he was when he finally met Mrs. Right. "I remember thinking, in my early 30s, that I wouldn't [get married], you know?" he reflected to The Hollywood Reporter in September. "I didn't think it was going to happen for me. My brother found his soul mate very young; he'd just turned 26 when they were married. He'd been married for 10 years by the time I even met my wife, and I looked at this really happy, wonderful marriage and kind of went, 'I guess that's not going to happen for me.' And then it did."
• He takes every opportunity to give the ladies in his life kudos—even, er, rocking that ponytail was a reason to recognize. "I now have a whole new appreciation for my wife and daughter," Damon told the L.A. Times about managing longer hair. "It's very hard to do."
And obviously Luciana supports him regardless of follicle status...
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• Damon is grateful not to do the dual-Hollywood grind. Regarding his low-drama marriage, he told The Guardian in 2013, "A lot of it boils down to luck: my wife's a civilian and that takes a lot of pressure off. It's really sex and scandal that moves those magazines, and there's nothing scandalous about a guy who's married and has kids. If they come outside where I live, they are going to die of boredom—there's just nothing really going on that would sell a magazine."
Oh, we have a feeling the inside story of their romance would sell plenty of magazines, but we'll just take Matt and Lucy as they are.
Happy anniversary, you two—and many more.
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