Alright, alright, alright already! Matthew McConaughey is known for his laid-back persona both on-screen and off, so when it came to the topic of marriage, it’s no surprise that he took his time.
“I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do,” McConaughey, 44, told GQ of marriage to wife Camila Alves. “I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, ‘C’mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We’ll- Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either s–t or get off the pot.’”
The Oscar winner married his model love, 32, in June 2012 and the couple shares three children. While he was hesitant about marriage, McConaughey has never second-guessed fatherhood.
“It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be,” the dad of sons Levi, 6, and Livingston, 22 months, and daughter Vida, 4, told the mag. “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. Whatever decisions you make in the first six months of becoming a father, double down on them. I mean, you’re meeting the Courier. You’re meeting the Shepherd, the Future Prince. You immediately have something you don’t have to think about. You know what’s important. Bam! And the clarity of that is like, ‘Whew.’ I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate, which don’t always go together, you know?”
When it comes to his career, McConaughey is similarly self-assured. Though he’s transitioned into highbrow dramas in recent years, the romcom veteran has no qualms about his past hits like 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
“These things aren’t easy,” McConaughey said of romantic comedies. “What’s hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair.”
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