Minnie Driver spoke of the “agony” of her public breakup with Matt Damon.
The actors began a relationship while starring together in the 1997 film Gus Van Santa Good Will Huntingwhich became a sleep hit and in a big way started Damon’s career.
Damon’s sudden celebrity status put pressure on their relationship, and their breakup attracted widespread media attention – not least because Damon announced he was single Oprah Winfrey Showwhich was news to the Driver.
Reflecting on the public nature of their breakup, which the actor saw being mentioned on the front pages of Taloid every time she walked into the store, Driver said Tonight’s party: “I don’t care who you are, it’s agony and it’s like a strange, surreal dream. But I know he didn’t put that picture up.
“It’s so tricky because it’s not intentional, he couldn’t help himself how famous he became and how his life was taken over, in the same way he was mine,” she continued.
Driver, who published a book of personal essays entitled Managing Expectations: Memoirs in Essayshe said the family warned her not to continue a relationship with him after Good Will Hunting became an unexpected hit.
“My family loved Matt – that wasn’t it,” she said. “They could see this young man flying very fast, just like me, and when you’re young, it’s pretty hard to keep your head upright and keep a grounded sense of posture.
“They were like, ‘This could end badly for reasons related to all these things coming together in a perfect storm.’ And also, like, you shouldn’t date someone you work with. ”
Damon is also a co-author Good Will Hunting together with Ben Affleck, and the couple won best original screenplay at the 1998 Oscars.