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Matt Damon spent first 'big paycheck' helping his mom and brother

Matt Damon received his first “big paycheck” in Hollywood and decided not to spend it on himself.

In a recent interview with his “Oppenheimer” co-stars, Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy, Damon revealed he was able to put his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, through her Ph.D. program with the $25,000 he earned for his role in the 1990 drama “Rising Son.”

“I bought my brother a car and I put my mom through her Ph.D. program,” Damon shared with The Hollywood Reporter. “That was a really cool feeling.”

Matt Damon and mom Nancy Carlsson Paige

Matt Damon spent his first big Hollywood paycheck on his mom Nancy Carlsson-Paige, putting her through a Ph.D. program. (Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Blunt replied, Wow,” and Murphy nodded his head in approval for Damon’s selfless gesture.

Matt Damon "Oppenheimer" premiere

Matt Damon at the “Oppenheimer” premiere at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris July 11, 2023. (Julien de Rosa/AFP)

Damon and Blunt recently detailed what it’s like to live in the same building in an interview with Fox News Digital.

Blunt, who’s married to John Krasinski and has two daughters with the actor — Hazel, 9, and Violet, 6 — said “it’s the best” having “The Bourne Identity” star under the same roof.

“We do have fun dinner parties. … I love living in the same building,” Blunt admitted.

“I don’t want your notes or your thoughts, ever,” she joked.

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt red carpet SAG Awards

Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski live in the same building as Damon. (Emma McIntyre via Getty Images)

Although Blunt and Damon don’t read lines together, both stars spoke to Fox News Digital about their roles in the film “Oppenheimer.”


“Oppenheimer” is in theaters July 21. 

Fox News Digital’s Stephanie Giang-Paunon contributed to this report.

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