Matthew McConaughey: ‘The only thing I ever knew I wanted to be was a father’

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Matthew McConaughey covers the latest issue of People Magazine to promote his memoir, Greenlights. Matthew has come a long way, I guess. From the rom-com guy to the wannabe action-hero to… the Oscar-winning dramatic actor, his career has taken some turns. He also went from bongo-playing burnout f–kboy to husband and father of three. It sounds like his memoir is more about his family life more than anything else, which is sort of interesting because… there really hasn’t been any controversy or scandal there for years and years. Part of me wonders if Matthew, like Jennifer Garner and other stars, is leaning into that churchy audience. Some highlights from this People interview:

His kids are happy & creative during the pandemic: To McConaughey’s proud delight, Levi, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, 8, his with kids wife Camila, 37, have more than risen to the occasion. “They have doubled down on their hobbies, creative things and parts of themselves I don’t think they would have leaned into if they were back in school. One of the assets of this COVID quarantine is they’ve been forced to be more self-reliant. They’ve been forced to create their way out of their boredom,” he says. One particular passion and skill they’ve honed is photography. “They’re into it — all three [of the kids],” he says. “They’re becoming a production crew. It’s very cool, [and] they’re starting to get kind of good at it.”

His kids are very artistic: “They’re becoming pretty good storytellers [too],” McConaughey says. “Our youngest one will come fill us in: ‘Oh, I’m on chapter two …’ Vida really likes to paint and draw and loves graphic novels. … For Levi it’s probably more music. Basically he came out of the womb knowing a minor from major key on the piano. In the last six months, he really got into listening to composers, and he now can listen to a movie and tell you, ‘Oh, that’s Hans Zimmer,’ or ‘That’s John Williams,’ which is really cool.”

He relishes the “privilege and responsibility” of being their dad. “The only thing I ever knew I wanted to be was a father. And it’s remained the pinnacle for me. Being a dad was always my only dream. … I can’t think of anything being more important. My hope is that our kids are conscientious and confident and autonomous. … All three are very, very caring and kind individuals. I can tell you this: I’m happy and confident to say our kids do not question the love we have in our family.”

[From People]

I was sitting here thinking that this cover story struck me as so odd and I couldn’t really put my finger on why, until it hit me: celebrity men rarely, if ever, speak like this or put their family life on the cover of People Magazine this way. This is ordinarily the treatment celebrity moms get. I also think it’s interesting that Matthew says “The only thing I ever knew I wanted to be was a father….Being a dad was always my only dream.” It’s pretty rare for men to say that too, that they really didn’t have any ambitions beyond parenthood. Anyway, he sounds like a good dad and an involved, hands-on father. Good for him.

Matthew McConaughey Tribute at the Napa Valley Film Festival

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19 Responses to “Matthew McConaughey: ‘The only thing I ever knew I wanted to be was a father’”

  1. WilliamJoelene says:

    Bet you say that to all the girls lol

    • Killfanora says:

      Sorry, can’t get past the Stinky McConaughey tag various co-stars have given him. There is no reason for not having personal hygiene, and Kate Hudson having to give him a deodorant…..well, poor co-stars.

  2. Angel says:

    It’s the first time I see a man talking like that about his kids.

  3. SJ Knows says:

    I will watch Failure To Launch any time I happen upon it. lol

  4. FHMom says:

    He sounds like a great, involved dad. I’m not sure men aspire to be fathers the way some women aspire to be mothers. I married late and wasn’t sure I’d be able to get pregnant. My husband to be said it didnt matter to him. We could adopt or be child free if it didn’t work out. It’s refreshing to hear from a guy who always wanted kids.

  5. SJ Knows says:

    It is great to hear a man talk openly about being a Father, a good and involved Father.
    He and his family seem to be doing well, and are mostly scandal and thirsty free, which makes an very nice change rom turds like Bratt Pitt and Ben Afleck who, IMO, use their kids as PR.

  6. StormsMama says:

    He’s great and I love how much he loves his kids and being a dad.

    I came to mention that I forgot that Camila was so much younger than he is. He’s turning 50 on nov 4 and she’s 37- so he was 38 and she was 25 when they had Levi? That I had forgotten. Glad it has worked out.

  7. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I definitely like the 50yo version. There were always too many hot, southern drawled naked boys sauntering around Austin lol. That never did it for me at all. Quite the opposite. But when men start to realize mortality, they either grow more intolerable or mature with grace and intelligence and appreciation.

  8. Sigmund says:

    Wow, who’d have thunk he’d come all this way? Good for him. He sounds like a genuinely caring dad who appreciates what he has with his family.

  9. TrixC says:

    It’s really lovely the way he talks about his kids. I’ve always thought his wife is exceptionally gorgeous.

  10. Case says:

    Aww, he sounds like a good guy. It’s funny, he’s in one of my favorite films, Interstellar, but even with that I never had a specific opinion of him, other than he does a fine job in a movie I love.

    • Venus says:

      Good film but they just had to fetishise the only female astronaut, Anne Hathaway, and turn her into a love interest and make her a kind of unreliable emotional character who makes important decisions based on “love.” Always looking out for Chris Nolan’s overly masculine approach in his films.

  11. Quincytoo says:

    I think one of the children took the cover picture
    I like him seems pretty harmless

  12. lucy2 says:

    Somewhere Brad Pitt is crying and running out of his house that he can’t get to do these types of PR pieces anymore.

    But Matthew does seem like a good, involved dad, and has really worked to change his career for the better. I love what he said about his kids being forced to create their way out of boredom. I spent so much time creative playing like that as a kid, and see so few of my friends’ kids doing that – it’s all lessons and sports and events and constant entertainment, and the pandemic has been really tough on them for it.

  13. Bettyrose says:

    True Detective felt like his turning point artistically. Seems like the persona he created in that carries forth into everything now. I definitely enjoy watching him. I don’t need the wholesome family man image to like an actor, but him wanting babies is hard to ignore from a guy who can probably imprenant the ladies with just his grin.

    • Blueskies says:

      LOL. Yes, he’s exceptionally charming, I’ve always had a soft spot for him. I was watching an old video tape a few weeks ago and he was on the Ellen show barbequing. It was maybe an eight minute segment but I could have happily watched him do that for an hour and I’m vegetarian.

  14. Venus says:

    He’s a good actor. Made me cry a lot in The Dallas Buyers’ Club. He was semi-hot in A Time to Kill. Glad he’s finding fulfillment in his personal life.

  15. Ashley says:

    I guess I’m just too old because this article is weird. I remember growing up with naked bongo McConaughey getting arrested and then living at the beach in a trailer, and then playing himself in Sex and the City. Matthew 2.0 is a weird version. And kind of sad that he had to become 2.0 at 60. Men always get a round of applause for the most basic things. Women have to be this all the time. I won’t give him a standing ovation for finally being a grown up (at 60). God men suck.

    • Blueskies says:

      He’s 50, not 60 but I do agree with you, the bar is always incredibly low for men. Especially white, heterosexual men.

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