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03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Interview With Ben Affleck: A Lonely Childhood And Sudden Fame

n this week's issue of PARADE, Ben Affleck talks to Dotson Rader about his new movie, his loving family and what pushed him to change his life. Below, the actor talks more about his childhood and the highs and lows of celebrity.

On Growing Up

"I grew up in a home environment where I wasn't getting esteem for anything I did," he says. " I played sports, but I wasn't great at them, so it wasn't like I was super-athletic and getting a huge amount of praise for that. There was alcoholism at home because of my father. I changed schools [at 8 years old], and I didn't really know the kids at the new school. I felt alone."

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