Recorded June 17, 2021.
For more than three decades, Matthew McConaughey has been entertaining and inspiring audiences around the world with powerful and poignant performances that range from a smooth-talking stoner in “Dazed and Confused” to a rodeo cowboy afflicted with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Now, at age 51, Matthew opens up about his colorful life off-screen in his unconventional, New York Times bestselling memoir, Greenlights, which he calls a “love letter to life.”
As Matthew reflects on his more than 30-year career in Hollywood, he shares lesser-known anecdotes from his life as an A-list actor plus give insight into the successes and failures he’s experienced both personally and professionally. Matthew also shares his dynamic Texas upbringing and explain his unique philosophy on how to live a successful, joyful and meaningful life – an elusive state of being he describes as “catching greenlights.”
About Matthew McConaughey
Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor’s career in the cult classic “Dazed and Confused.” Since then, he has won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ron Woodruff in “Dallas Buyers Club,” appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion, and has become a producer, director, and philanthropist with his just keep livin Foundation – all the while sticking to his Texas roots and “just keep livin” philosophy. McConaughey also serves as creative director for Wild Turkey and has co-created his own bourbon, Longbranch. He serves as Minister of Culture for the University of Texas Athletic Department and The Austin FC Soccer Club, where he is part owner. McConaughey’s first book, Greenlights, was published on October 20, 2020, and was an immediate #1 New York Times bestseller. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife Camila and their three kids, where he is a professor at the University of Texas in Austin.