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I love reading interviews with Matthew McConaughey and I hope we never hear a bad word about him. He’s devoted to his wife and kids, he’ll tell us about it without sounding like he’s full of crap, and he has such a unique perspective on life. McConaughey has a new interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine, which does some surprisingly in depth interviews. I covered an interview they did with him back in 2011 and I still remember it because he gave such great quotes. He was especially thoughtful about his relationship with the paparazzi and explained it as a kind of trade off for fame. He said he felt intruded upon but “that check’s already been written…. I don’t feel it’s unfair.” McConaughey has at least two prestige-type films coming out soon, that incredible-looking thriller with Anne Hathaway, Serenity, which is out in October and White Boy Rick coming out in September, an 80s crime film based on a true story. He’s nothing if not circumspect about his career, and he talked about that with CA. McConaughey also said that he met Camila, whom he married in 2012, at just the right time. They have three children together, sons Levi, nine, and Livingston, five, and daughter Vida, eight.
On meeting Camila when he was 37
“I mean, the clock was ticking—I was about to be 40 and my plan was to be married and have kids by that age. But I didn’t want to play the game of starting to feel anxious because, with too much anxiety, you can’t find a mate. And then you make a hasty decision.
“I knew men who had made hasty decisions and women who had done the same thing. But at that point, I wasn’t hunting. And then this amazing woman walked across my field of vision and I thought, ‘Who is that?’ And it was Camila.”
On switching gears from romcoms to more serious films
“I just said, ‘F**k the bucks—I’m going for the experience’ in the things I was choosing. I quit trying to project how something would be received and decided to just be an actor for hire again. So I shut down my production company and my music company and simplified the things on my proverbial desk. I love being an actor and going as deep as you can in a role, to really commit to the craft. I put my head down and went after roles that scared me.”
I wasn’t a fan of Sex and The City when it aired, but Kaiser often mentions the SATC concept that men are like cabs and that they can have “their light on” looking for a partner. That’s what McConaughey reminds me of here, that he was looking for someone and that Camila caught his eye. In a recent interview he also said that he was grateful that Camila “doesn’t want to change me.” They seem like the real deal and I’m a fan. McConaughey has really grown on me over the years.
Also, Camila’s Instagram is really cute! I found one for MM but I don’t think it’s his official account. He is on Twitter although he doesn’t tweet much.