Matthew McConaughey Reveals His First Celebrity Crush

by Allison Hambrick
(Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actor Matthew McConaughey discussed his surprising first celebrity crush–with her sitting less than three feet away from him. In an appearance on Ellen, McConaughey promoted the release of his new film, Sing 2. Alongside the actor was his costar, Reese Witherspoon.

Yes, you read that correctly: Matthew McConaughey’s first celebrity crush was Elle Woods herself. Of course, that was long before Legally Blonde. The actor revealed that his crush dated all the way back to Witherspoon’s first movie. She starred in Man In the Moon at age 14 back in 1991.

“[Reese] was one of my early, early crushes and if you’ve seen the movie it’s inevitable not to have a crush on [her],” he said.

Alternatively, Witherspoon did not reciprocate. Her first crush was Val Kilmer, specifically in 1991’s The Doors.

The Fifteen Year Friendship Between Witherspoon and McConaughey

Additionally, Witherspoon and McConaughey met back in 2006. In fact, the actors met at the Academy Awards the very same year Witherspoon took home the Best Actress award for her role as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. Now, the actors are friends. They met each other’s spouses and children, even.

McConaughey attended Witherspoon’s 2011 wedding to Jim Toth. Ironically, Toth is a film agent, and McConaughey has long been his client. Witherspoon said that the actor impressed both her and her guests with his kindness at the event. She went so far as to say that he “won the wedding.”

“The day that he stole my heart and everyone’s heart, basically, in my personal life was when he danced with every woman that was over the age of 65 at my wedding,” she explained. “That’s who this person is.”

In addition, McConaughey even danced with Witherspoon’s own mother, who gushed about him afterward to her daughter.

“I mean, my mother might’ve died,” joked Witherspoon. “She might’ve died. She was like, ‘Oh my God!'”

The Sing Stars Never Shared a Scene

Interestingly, the two actors have never shared a frame. Sing 2 marks the third film that they’ve both starred in. The other film they starred in, Mud, simply didn’t feature them together. Alternatively, Sing and its sequel are animated. Therefore, the actors didn’t have to see each other aside from promotional events. McConaughey revealed that “people think that [the cast record their parts] together and that we’ve got stories from the last two years of making this film, but no.”

For his part, McConaughey believes it would be “fun” to actually share a scene with his friend. The actor then joked that the appearance on the show was them “saying ‘hello’ for the first time.”

“This is the first time I’ve seen Reese in two years… or any rest of the cast,” he added.

Sing 2 hits theaters on Dec. 22.