Matthew McConaughey Interview

Matthew McConaughey

On the night he met his wife, Brazilian model Camila Alves… It was at a club on Sunset Boulevard. I was very happily single. I was not looking. Out of the corner of my eye, this aqua-green figure went floating across the frame a couple of metres in front of me, my eyes went up and I remember what came out of my mouth. I didn’t say, ‘Who is that?’ I went, ‘What is that?’. We went on our first date three nights later and I knew then: I’ve been wanting to go on a date with her for the last nine years and not with anybody else.

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On reinventing himself… I said that I want to recalibrate my relationship with my career. That means saying no to some things I’ve been doing. I knew it was going to get dry – and it did get dry, meaning no acting work came in. Luckily, I had enough money in my account to pay the rent and put food on the table. I went through that over a two-year period, then I shifted gears. I think that in those two years off I was able to gain anonymity. Then I became someone’s new good idea. On his celebratory meal after winning the Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club… I love rib eyes on a bone, so I said, ‘This time I’m eating them with my hands.’

It was great until the second rib eye and then all of a sudden I snapped my tooth. I was like, ‘Oh, G-O-D you’re playing a joke on me.’ I was so glad I didn’t go to the steak restaurant before [the Oscars]. On his priorities… I think that I have a pretty healthy balance of being able to appreciate accolades and attention and wealth and opportunity, and also knowing that those things always come second to family. I don’t respect those other things any less, I just don’t revere them.

And I know they are fickle – they come and they go. Family is the most important thing for me. On hitting rock bottom [like Buster Moon, the character he voices in Sing]… Once I’m faced with the inevitable, I’m pretty quick at going, ‘OK, what is the way out of this?’ Sing is at cinemas on 23 December.

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