As actor, Matthew McConaughey has ventured where many other Hollywood stars haven’t dared to go before—beyond his comfort zone!
On Jan. 4, In Touch caught up with the 44-year-old actor at the Palm Spring International Film Festival, where he opened up about why he chooses to abandon familiar roles and why he’ll “absolutely” try to do more adventurous roles in the future.
“I have the luxury to say, ‘Wait a minute, I’m gonna do this one that pays a whole lot less but I think I can own this in a very particular way,’” he explained. “I’ve been choosing to do some of that and I’ve been enjoying the heck out of it.”
While Matthew may have established a career playing the shirtless, goofy-yet-lovable hunk with a southern drawl time after time again, he most recently placed himself among the ranks of serious method actors with Dallas Buyers Club.
In the award-winning film, Matthew plays Ron Woodroof, an real AIDS patient who smuggles unapproved drugs into Texas after he learning they work better at improving his symptoms.
Matthew dropped a reported 38 pounds to play the real-life hero, a role which has garnered him not only Oscar buzz, but also a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a motion picture in the drama category.
In the past few years, some of the other films that have thrust him into the category of serious actors include Killer Joe and Magic Mike, in which Matthew plays a police detective turned contract killer and a strip club owner, respectively.
While these roles may have added to his growth as an actor, the Golden Globe nominee insisted that isn’t his paycheck, award or film reel that keeps him motivates him and inspires him to go after these roles beyond his comfort zone.
“Life risks and adventure can go on longer than a career,” Matthew said.