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Matthew McConaughey Opens Up About How Year in Australia Changed His Life

by Maria Hartfield
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Matthew McConaughey gets deep about how spending a year in Australia in his late teens changed him. He even credits the gap year as leading him to win an Oscar.

The 52-year-old actor moved to Warnervale, Australia for a year in 1988 from his hometown in Texas. Warnervale is a small town in the Australian state of New South Wales. It’s one of the best suburbs on the Central Coast.

A gap year, also known as a sabbatical year, is typically a year-long break before or after attending college. Traditionally, you adults who take advantage of a gap year use it to travel, work, or engage in various educational and developmental activities.

Matthew McConaughey Had No Friends

The TV star went into detail in his new memoir Greenlights about his experience and the struggles he faced. He found himself in a new place working upwards of six jobs with no friends.

McConaughey describes his experience as ‘tread[ing] water until I crossed the finish line’.

“I begun to realise how valuable and enduring that year in Australia was for me, how I wouldn’t be the man I am today, unless I had taken that year,” he wrote.

“How I wouldn’t have learnt the lessons if I would’ve come home early.”

Matthew McConaughey knows there are people who think, “Gosh dang, McConaughey just eases right into everything.” In Greenlights he shares lessons from his life that led him to where he is today.

He compared his difficult experience living in Australia with his privileged life in Texas, where everything was easy.

The Dazed and Confused actor was voted ‘most handsome’ in school. He made good grades and was known for dating the ‘best looking girl at school’.

“I’ve been in this life for fifty years,” he wrote in his memoir. “[I’ve] been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair, [how] to have less stress, [how] to have fun, [how] to hurt people less, [how] to get hurt less, [how] to be a good man, [how] to have meaning in life, [how] to be more me.”

Matthew Won’t Run for Texas Governor

After months of speculation, Matthew announced he won’t run for governor of Texas. Instead, he will spend his time and energy outside of politics.

He took to Twitter on Sunday to make the announcement. However, he was honored to be considered.

“As a simple kid born in the town of Uvalde, Texas,” he began. “It never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership.”

“It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I am choosing not to take at this moment.”

The Oscar-winning actor never confirmed if he would run as a Democrat, Republican, or independent. Instead, he described his view on politics as ‘aggressively centrist’.

McConaughey never stated whether he would run as a Democrat, Republican or independent, and instead described his politics as ‘aggressively centrist’. Centrism involves acceptance or support of a balance of social equality and a degree of social hierarchy.