Matthew McConaughey played virtual bingo with seniors at a living center

One of the new faculty members appointed at the the University of Texas at Austin last summer was Matthew McConaughey. He was named a Professor of Practice and is teaching at the Moody College of Communication. Matthew had been a visiting instructor and co-teaching the Script to Screen course with Professor Scott Rice since 2015.

The world crisis has necessitated a gigantic shift in education: Schools and universities across the country and around the world have moved their courses online. This is no small feat: If you are an educator, kudos to you! As a result, Zoom is getting a boost in traffic and subsequent raise in stock. One of the more amusing Zoom-related stories that I saw last week was that Matthew popped up at a Zoom-conducted faculty meeting. Literally no one, not even a celebrity, can escape a faculty meeting.

What else has Mattew been doing from home? Hosting a virtual bingo night for elderly residents at a living center in Texas. How great is this?

Residents of the Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living in Texas got very lucky recently when they settled in for an evening of virtual bingo… and found Matthew McConaughey there to read out the winning numbers. The seniors all took part via Zoom, as the Oscar-winning actor and his wife, Camila, his mom, and two of his three kids all crowded round their own screen to call out the winners and encourage the participants.

“The generosity and kindness Matthew McConaughey and his family showed our residents was beautiful, but more importantly we were gifted with a humble message from his heart,” William Swearingen, senior VP of sales and marketing at Spectrum Retirement, told Good Morning America over email. “And for that, we will be forever grateful.”

[From Entertainment Weekly]

The clip in the tweet is sweet. Matthew was completely into calling out the numbers and congratulating the two winners, Richard and Charles. I’ve been thinking a lot about people who are isolated alone, and that group, as Prince Charles pointed out, includes seniors. Assisted living facilities have to be so careful because of how quickly the virus can spread in close quarters, and, of course, because their populations are among the most vulnerable. So, it’s nice that a fun surprise like Matthew McConaughey calling out the bingo numbers can be arranged. I hope he’s able to do it again sometime soon!

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  1. Flying fish says:


  2. Eleonor says:

    This is one of the most awsome thing I have heard from a celebrity.
    I know charity is important, donating is important, but doing something that gives people a smile? Amazing.

  3. Joanna says:

    Oh that’s awesome, love it

  4. Insomniac says:

    That was adorable.

  5. S808 says:

    This is absolutely adorable. I find that celeb efforts have either been really right or really wrong and matthew’s definitely gotten it right.

  6. Deedee says:

    My respect and admiration for Mathew McConaughey has increased 10x fold. Kudos to you, sir, and your lovely family. What an awesome thing to do. I hope you do more bingo nights!

  7. Digital Unicorn says:

    I love that clip, not sure who was having more fun – the residents or Matthew and his mum. Nothing beats a good game of Bingo!!

  8. No Doubt says:

    That looks like so much fun! Kudos to him!

  9. Tiffany says:

    Now I am down for a game of Virtual Bingo.

  10. Ctgirl says:

    Love, love, love this!!!

  11. Ellen Olenska says:

    I loved this story! This is what celebrities need to be doing!

  12. ooshpick says:

    don’t know much about his personal life but i’m gonna go out on a line and say: excellent human action 🙂

  13. Gemma13 says:

    This is so cute. I love it. Ha! No one escapes work meetings, no one! Especially not when managers know you can’t possibly be anywhere else.

    Shoutout to all of you teachers right now. I have a few friends who work for elementary schools and they’re all about to have a nervous breakdown. I know it’s not the same everywhere but our county’s communication has sucked. They’re told one thing one day then a couple days later: nope! scratch that and all the work you just did, we’re actually going to do this. It’s rough.

  14. Katy B says:

    i read “virtual bongos” there for a minute, and my mind went to all kinds of places.