Matthew McConaughey Boldly Explains Why He’s Considering Running for Office: ‘Politics Needs Redefinition’

by Courtney Blackann

There’s not a lot of people more Texas than Matthew McConaughey (George Strait is an obvious exception). With his southern drawl and charisma – he could also charm literally anyone. But still, the Oscar winner devotes a lot of time in Austin where he lives with wife Camilla Alves and their three children. The actor is also often seen at the University of Texas at Austin teaching courses and cheering on the Longhorns. He truly loves the Lone Star state. So it seems like a natural step for McConaughey to run for governor. And according to him, it might just be in the cards.

While the actor toyed with the idea last year – and even garnered support pulling ahead of Gov. Greg Abbott in a preliminary poll, Matthew McConaughey is still unsure of what capacity of politics he’d like to serve in.

He thinks that 21st-century politics needs to change. He also believes he could possibly help bring that change. While appearing on the podcast “Set it Straight: Myths and Legends” with country stars Midland, McConaughey spoke to his future political aspirations.

Matthew McConaughey’s Political Ideas

“Look, it’s going to be in some capacity. I’m more of a folk-singing, philosopher, poet-statesman than I am per-se definitive politician, so I go, ‘Well that’s a reason not to,’ and then I go, ‘No, that’s exactly why you should, because politics needs redefinition,'” he said. “I have to remain a storyteller. I’ve been given that gift. I love doing it. I have to remain an artist.”

While the actor wants to stay creative and continue to pursue acting and writing, he believes he could still be a voice for change politically.

“I’ve earned the right to enjoy that Saturday night part of life, that music part of life. … I’m very good at being diligent – Monday morning, practical, structure – I’m all of that but I’ve got to continue to be an artist,” he said. “If that’s the category to continue to be able to do that in, which would be different than I think some people have done it up to now, maybe it’s for me. But maybe it’s also in a whole new category that I’m just creating.”

Whatever steps the actor makes next, we’re sure he will be completely devoted to it. Previously, McConaughey appeared on “The Late Late Show” and discussed his ideas for the next steps.

“It would be up to the people more than it would me.” However, the actor went on to add that we need to restructure “personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans…”