Matthew McConaughey Cleans Up His Act — and Moves to Texas

03/09/2012 at 11:30 AM ET

Matthew McConaughey

Sharp-dressed, sharp-tongued Matthew McConaughey showed an Austin audience Thursday that he’s no stranger to some sharp scissors, too.

The actor (who shaved his head in December) took to the Texas Film Hall of Fame awards stage sporting a super-short haircut and an only slightly scruffy face — and announced that he’d recently moved his family to Texas. The star — there to honor the state’s filmmakers and actors — said that he especially appreciates the laid-back vibe of the Capitol city, Austin.

“No one recognizes you and no one asks you, ‘Hey, what do you do?,’ because I don’t think anyone cares,” McConaughey said. “Fridays show up sooner here. You want to get along in Austin, you want to get along in Texas, all you have to do is be yourself.”

McConaughey should know: he grew up in the small West Texas town of Uvalde, and went to school at the University of Texas in Austin. His love of the city brought him — along with fiancée Camila Alves, their children Levi and Vida and Alves’s mother — back four months ago.

“My mother-in-law from Brazil has traveled around the world and we’ve lived in Los Angeles and New York,” McConaughey told the audience. “She says to me the other day, ‘In L.A., people will walk on your back and stand on your shoulders to get where they are going, in New York, they will just pull out a gun and tell you they will kill you. Here in Texas, everybody walks together.’ I think that is a compliment, Austin.”

The Texas Film Hall of Fame awards, hosted by the Austin Film society, kicked off the South by Southwest film and music festival, happening in Austin now through March 18.

–Alicia Dennis


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Tammy on

There’s a lot to be said for living in a community where people are actually good to each other and help each other. I should know, I live in one of those communities. Wouldn’t change it for anything.



Sara on

That’s exactly how I feel about my beloved Portland, Oregon…the place where people retire early (according to the show Portlandia!). Good for you Matt!

gina on

Keep Austin Weird!

Liza on

I think it is great move. The celebrities who seem to do well are the ones who live far away from the madness of Hollywood and LA.

MJ on

How I miss TEXAS! Good for him and better for his family! One day I hope to return to my beloved state!For now, home is where the heart is!

Sally on

Why doesnt he move to Brazil? That way, he can take at least one of the millions that have invaded over here back?


Good for you Matthew austin is awesome.

peegee on

No more pictures of Matthew splashing in the surf?? How sad for us.

Sandra on

@Sally are you Native American? If not, you invade the U.S. too

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