The actors began a relationship whereas starring collectively in Gus Van Sant’s 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, which grew to become a sleeper hit and kickstarted Damon’s profession in an enormous approach.
Damon’s sudden celeb standing put strain on their relationship and their breakup attracted widespread consideration from the media – not least as a result of Damon introduced he was single on The Oprah Winfrey Present, which was information to Driver.
Reflecting on the general public nature of their breakup, which the actor noticed talked about on the entrance pages of taloids everytime she entered a store, Driver advised Leisure Tonight: “I don’t care who you are, that is agony and it’s like a strange, surreal dream. But I know he didn’t put that picture there.
“It’s so tricky, because it’s not deliberate, he couldn’t have helped how famous he became and how his life was being picked over, in the same way that mine was,” she continued.
Driver, who has launched a e-book of private essays titled Managing Expectations: A Memoir in Essays, stated that her household warned her towards persevering with a relationship with him after Good Will Hunting grew to become an surprising hit.
“My family loved Matt – it wasn’t that,” she stated. “It was that they could see that this young man was rocketing really fast and so was I, and when you’re young, it’s pretty hard to keep your head on straight and to maintain a grounded sense of deportment.
“They were like, ‘This may well end badly for reasons that are to do with all these things coming together in a perfect storm.’ And also, like, you shouldn’t date someone you work with.”
Damon additionally co-wrote Good Will Hunting alongside Ben Affleck, and the pair received Finest Authentic Screenplay on the 1998 Oscars.