Matthew McConaughey is opening up about his family with wife Camila Alves and the birth of his first son, Levi.
The 46-year-old Oscar-winner is a father of three, and in the latest issue of Esquire, the actor talks about how he felt after the birth of his first child in 2008.
“Out comes this screaming little life with a pair of balls. Man is never more masculine than after the birth of his first child,” he explains. “I don’t mean in a macho way. I mean in terms of giving a man strength.”
“A good woman gives a man courage and confidence – the courage to have the confidence to go and do it, to not be worried as much or consider as much what the rest of the world thinks,” McConaughey says, referring to his wife Alves, a Brazilian model whom he met in 2006.
The actor describes the moment he proposed to her while visiting his family over Christmas in 2011.
“I remember hitting the knee, looking into her eyes, and…” McConaughey says, trailing off. “I remember her face. I remember this smile coming up from her feet. I remember her having to catch her breath. And she didn’t say yes right away. And then the whole family was going, ‘Jeezus, she’s gonna say no.'”
The road to the altar wasn’t easy to plan for a busy actor like McConaughey. Eventually, Alves grew tired of waiting for him to set a date and simply set one herself, presenting him with an invitation and telling him, “Be there.”
Now, McConaughey is gearing up for his latest starring role in “Gold”, loosely based on the true events surrounding a mid-1990s mining scandal in which the Canadian company Bre-X Minerals sent stock soaring after falsely claiming they had vast gold deposits in Indonesia.
Like his Oscar-winning performance in “Dallas Buyers Club”, McConaughey has physically transformed himself for the roles, this time shaving his head and gaining a potbelly to play floundering investor Kenny Wells. Backed by the Weinstein Company, “Gold” is looking to score some Oscar gold. In McConaughey’s eyes, another win would mean even more validation in Hollywood.
“I was the first frat boy in the University of Texas film school who wore button-down denim shirts, boots, and a buckle when all the Gothic artists were all in black,” he recalls. “I went to see the big Hollywood pictures at the cineplex that everyone else in film class shat on. And for a while I thought maybe you really do need to wear all black and stay out of the sunlight and only see independent films to be an artist.”
“I still have moments with acting where I’m like, I’m getting away with it. Winning the Oscar was validation, the respect of my peers,” he adds.