Five Minutes With: Damian Lewis
Star of new TV drama, Billions, Damian Lewis, 45, plays am ambitious hedge fund manager who hails from a working class family. After the 9/11 attacks, and the sole survivor of the hedge fund, he pays the college tuition of his former colleagues’ children. At the same time, he uses insider trading and bribery to amass his firm’s wealth.
Off screen, he’s married to actress Helen McCrory (Harry Potter franchise, The Queen) with whom he is raising their daughter, Manon, 9, and Gulliver, 8.
Today in Los Angeles he talks about money, greed and how to get his kids to do chores around the house.
What’s your relationship with money? You may not have billions but you’re not poor. What do you spend your money on and how important is money to you?
That’s a good question. I spend money on my children’s school fees and I have just renovated my house and anyone who has done this knows it’s cost twice as much as I thought it was going to cost. (laughs) I don’t own a second home and I don’t have a yacht, nor do I have a share of a private jet.
We don’t need a lot of money and we don’t think it’s terribly important actually in my family, as long as there is enough money to go on a couple of nice vacations and my kids are in private school. We can go to the theatre and eat in nice restaurants and we are pretty happy. We don’t acquire many things. We live in one of those Victorian terraced houses, like a brownstone so with every inch of space you try to create light because otherwise they are dark, depressing, narrow Victorian places with very little storage. So we don’t buy lots of extra things to put in it. I spend a little bit on clothes maybe, but yes, it’s interesting isn’t it, how much money do you need?
And this is a question for anyone who is in a position to make a lot of money, to ask yourself the question of what will make you happy, what is sustaining and what isn’t? I don’t think a billion is necessarily for anybody, personally.
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