Matt Damon during a World Water Day event Wednesday in New York City told how a 14-year-old Zambian girl reminded him of himself and Ben Affleck as teenagers.
The 46-year-old actor during the event with Stella Artois at The Oculus at World Trade Center recalled his first water collection in a ‘very rural’ Zambian village, according to an article by Page Six.
‘I love this story because I remember this girl. This was over 10 years ago, but she was 14 years old and we walked about a mile together and as I was kind of grilling her through this interpreter, I asked if she was going to stay in this village.
‘And she said ”No, no, no. I’m going to the big city. I’m going to be a nurse in the big city of Lusaka”.’
Damon added: ‘She had this twinkle in her eye and it just reminded me of Ben Affleck and I saying when we were 14, ”We’re going to go to the big city of New York, and we’re going to be actors and we’re going to make it”.’
The Oscar-winner noted the girl would not have had the opportunity to move to Lusaka if a water well had not been drilled near her home.
‘She would be out scavenging for water. She wouldn’t be coming home from school,’ he said.