Matthew McConaughey Considers Political Career: ‘I’m Measuring It’

by Josh Lanier

Matthew McConaughey remains on the fence about running for Texas governor. But it’s still on the table. The True Detective actor said on a recent podcast episode that he is weighing what he could bring to the discussion.

“I’m measuring it,” he said on “Set it Straight: Myths and Legends,” according to Fox News. “Look, it’s going to be in some capacity…I just, I’m more a folksy and philosopher-poet statesman than I am a, per se, definitive politician. So I go, well that’s a reason not to, but then I go, no, that’s exactly why you should. Because politics needs redefinition, but I’m measuring ‘what is my category? What’s my embassy?’”

A recent Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler poll found that voters want him to stop measuring and start running. McConaughey rated higher than any of the other candidates considering a run at the governorship. Forty-four percent of respondents said they would vote for The Dazed and Confused star. That was ahead of incumbent Greg Abbott (35 percent) and likely Democratic challenger Beto O’Rouke (37 percent).

Matthew McConaughey said that he may run for politics, but voters must understand that he’ll always be an artist. That is non-negotiable.

“I have to remain an artist. I’ve earned my right to enjoy that Saturday night part of life, that music part of life,” he said on the podcast. “It has to have music to it. 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.”

McConaughey has some time to decide, but the window is closing. Texas residents go to the polls to choose their next governor in November 2022.

Matthew McConaughey Not Afraid to Lose, Tells Other to Fail More

If Matthew McConaughey decides to be a politician, expect him to dive in headfirst. He’d do the same thing if he was applying to be a dog groomer. He’s committed or he’s not interested.

It’s something he learned when growing up in Texas and codified as he became an actor.

“Take risks,” McConaughey says in a recent video he tweeted. “It’s not a risk unless you lose the fight. … Go fail more. “If I could go back, I would even wanna push myself to say ‘go fail even more.’ Um, and don’t be embarrassed about failing. Yeah, be prepared and do the best you can, but be prepared to fail. And keep failing, and by process of elimination, you’ll be getting better at what you’re doing.”

McConaughey is talking to potential actors and directors, but the advice is applicable to life. Taking risks and failing makes for better stories, but it also helps you find your edges and shows you where your strengths and weaknesses are.