Shilpa Shetty meets Matt Damon at the IPL Gala

MissMalini , 23 Apr 2009
Raj Kunder, Shilpa Shetty, Matt Damon and
Raj Kunder, Shilpa Shetty, Matt Damon and Luciana Bozán Barroso

Bollywood actress and now co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals Shilpa Shetty and boyfriend Raj Kundra, recently met the Hollywood star Matt Damon and his wife (dang he’s married?) Luciana Bozán Barroso at the IPL Gala Dinner in South Africa. Shilpa (in a metallic grey dress) acted casual as she met Matt for the second time in Capetown. (I officially hate her now.) Apparently Matt is quite the philanthrope (of course he had to be that perfect) and is actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign and H2O Africa Foundation with his wife. Last year, he and Shilpa had their first public rendezvous at the third annual ONE x ONE Benefit Gala when Shilpa joined the ranks of other international celebrities and Hollywood A-listers including Richard Gere. (I bet she was hoping Matt might have decided upon a more friendly greeting the second time around, perhaps the ‘ol dip-and-kiss Mr. Gere has down so well.)

Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty
Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty

Gaurav Kapoor (super sweetie with a serious gift of gab) also happens to be in Cape Town hosting the extra shots for Set Max and bumped into Shah Rukh Khan and Matt Damon as well. (Jeez it’s like everybody but me will ever get to meet him, I’ll just have to make do with imagining he’s around!) Anyway, Gaurav was pretty excited and said that Matt even gave him an acting tip which he got from Robert DeNiro! (Gaurav swears he will take that secret to the grave.)

Matt Damon
Matt Damon

Didjya Know?
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are BFFs? The pair even won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting which they wrote together.

Matt dropped out of Harvard 12 credits short of graduating to pursue his acting career.

Matt quit smoking after visiting a hypnotist in L.A.

Matt has starred in 8 movies where the title contains some part of his character’s name in that movie: Good Will Hunting (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Gerry (2002), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), The Bourne Identity (2002), and The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

Matt visited Haiti with Wyclef Jean to deliver food to hurricane victims.

Matt Damon was Winona Ryder’s boyfriend from New Year’s Eve 1997 until they broke up in May 2000. Matt is now happily married to Argentine-born Luciana Barroso, whom he met in Miami, where she was working as a bartender.

Matt was also voted year 2007’s “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine. (I suddenly feel like watching Good Will Hunting again. Loved him in Dogma, Oceans 11,/12/13 and The Departed too!)

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