Matthew McConaughey likes to “give a lot” to the people he cares about.
The 44-year-old actor is celebrating after he was crowned best actor at the Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home the Oscar for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.
He paid tribute to his wife Camila Alves and their three children during his acceptance speech, as well as to his mother and late father. Matthew believes having a strong family is the most important thing.
“I try to give a lot to my life and the people in it,” he told People magazine, “and I know they sure give back. I have a lot to be thankful for.”
Matthew has spoken extensively about how glad he is to be taking on different kinds of movie roles these days. He made his name as a romantic comedy lead but now wants to test himself more, in part thanks to the support of Camila.
“My life outside my career is extremely enriching,” he explained. “So I am letting that feed my work, and letting my work feed my life.”
It’s a sentiment which is echoed by Richard Linklater, who directed Dazed & Confused – which helped make Matthew’s name in Hollywood. The two have remained close and Richard is in no doubt about the impact Camila has had on the actor.
“You’ll have people around you who want other things [for you], but she will approach it as, ‘What does Matthew want?’ That’s the direction she pushes him,” he explained.
Matthew was widely thought to be the frontrunner for this year’s best actor Oscar. He was astounded to receive the accolade and surprised with his speech, where he paid tribute to his Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto, who picked up the best supporting actor gong.
Matthew also thanked a surprising person during his speech – himself.
“When I was 15 years old, I had a very important person in my life come to me and say, ‘Who’s your hero?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know, I gotta think about that. Give me a couple of weeks.’ I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says, ‘Who’s your hero?’ I said, ‘I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in ten years.’ So I turned 25. Ten years later, that same person comes to me and says, ‘So, are you a hero?’ And I was like, ‘Not even close. No, no, no.’ She said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because my hero’s me at 35.’ So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero’s always ten years away. I’m never gonna be my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not, and that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing,” he said.
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