March 12, 2010 04:00 PM

Dave Allocca/Startraks

Matt Damon has traded in the Hollywood Hills for the streets of New York City — and says he prefers the metropolitan lifestyle the Big Apple offers his family.

“They’re all thriving. That’s why we’re so excited about it here,” he tells USA Today of daughters Alexia, 11, Isabella, 3 ½, and Gia Zavala, 18 months, and their adjustment to their new Manhattan hometown.

The paparazzi pursuit is considerably less so on the East Coast explains the actor, admitting that his family of five is able to live a lower-key lifestyle in the city.

“We walk to school every morning. We play in the park. It feels like a normal life,” he notes, adding that Isabella and Gia are oblivious to their father’s celebrity status.

And that, he says, is the reason the Damons won’t be moving any time soon. “We’re not leaving. Nobody bothers me,” he insists.

Isabella and Gia are Matt’s daughters with wife Luciana, while Alexia is her daughter from a previous relationship. His latest movie Green Zone is now in theaters.

Source: USA Today

— Anya Leon

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