In a recent appearance on “Southern Living’s Biscuits & Jam” podcast, Camila Alves, wife of renowned actor Matthew McConaughey, shared insights into her husband’s personality that diverge from the laid-back image often associated with him. Contrary to the perception of him as a carefree, “getting high” individual, Alves revealed that McConaughey is quite the opposite, drawing more similarities to his mother, actress Kay McConaughey.
Alves recalled how when she first started dating McConaughey, there was a prevalent image of him as a relaxed and free-spirited individual, even though he does not smoke. She highlighted his strong resemblance to his mother, describing him as organized, minimalistic, punctual, and well-prepared – traits he seems to have inherited from her.
“He’s actually the opposite, and he’s like his mom,” McConaughey’s wife continued. “She’s very organized, very minimalistic, very on time, very prepared, and he gets a lot of those traits from her.”
The couple, who wed in 2012 and are parents to three children, embarked on a major life change by moving from California to Texas. Alves explained that their decision was driven by a desire to align their lifestyle with their core values. Drawing parallels between her Brazilian background and Texan culture, Alves emphasized the importance of shared family practices, like attending church on Sundays and embracing outdoor activities.
“It really embodies our belief system, especially the ones I grew up with, like going to church every Sunday, saying ‘yes ma’am’ or ‘no, sir,’” Camila said.
“I grew up saying those things coming from a family of farmers,” she added. “For me, being from Brazil and then coming to Texas, I discovered a lot of similarities in terms of what families practice here, especially going to church on Sundays, and being very into the outdoors. It’s been a great transition.”
Their move was also motivated by the need for privacy away from the paparazzi-filled environment of Malibu, where they previously resided. Escaping the constant presence of photographers allowed their children to experience a more secluded upbringing.
“We lived in Malibu for many years and having the paparazzi outside our door every day — every single day — when that becomes your normal, you don’t realize how much that’s actually affecting the things you do until you actually leave and get out of it,” the superstar actor’s wife continued. “The kids get to have a private way of growing up. So from that perspective, it was very important.”
Alves also discussed the couple’s efforts to maintain their connection amidst their busy lives. She highlighted the significance of simple moments, mentioning their tradition of meeting under a tree on their property to watch the sunset and enjoy a drink together. Alves acknowledged the challenges of maintaining date nights but stressed the importance of nurturing their relationship through these shared experiences.
“I have this thing — we have a tree on our property,” she added. “I sometimes say to Matt, ‘Let’s meet today before dinner and watch the sunset under the tree.’ We’ll just sit under the tree and have a drink together. It’s about sharing those simple little moments together in between everything that’s going on. It’s about those little moments to keep reconnecting.”
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— People (@people) August 24, 2023