Matthew McConaughey on ‘Immortal’ Feeling of Becoming a Dad: ‘A Man’s Never More Masculine Than That Time’

by Madison Miller

Iconic “Dallas Buyers Club” actor and No. 1 fan of Texas, Matthew McConaughey, just teamed up with Mayim Bialik.

Bialik is the current guest host over on “Jeopardy!” The show had named Mike Richards as the new host, but he quickly stepped down after nine days of having the role due to past problematic comments and actions. He’s also no longer the executive producer of the series.

Matthew McConaughey Chats With Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik will now be the first guest host as the show starts up another search for the face of “Jeopardy!” When she’s not hosting the show, Bialik instead hosts her own mental health podcast called “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown.”

She co-hosts the show alongside her boyfriend, Jonathan Cohen. The Oscar-winning actor had a lot to say, but one of the biggest topics revolved around being a father. He has been married to his wife, Camila Alves, since 2012. The two have three children — two sons and one daughter.

The “Dazed and Confused” star may not physically live forever, but he opened up about how being a father has made him feel “immortal” in a lot of ways.

“First child born — that was a biggie for me. I remember [thinking] to myself, I was like, I just became immortal. Biologically so, but even more than that, this is it. This is what I’ve dreamed of being all my life — not immortal, but a father,” McConaughey said.

On top of being an actor, McConaughey has a lot more on his plate. He’s also a full-time father and a husband. He owns the Austin FC soccer team and is even a professor over at the University of Texas. He’s gained a lot of wisdom over the years from his interesting experiences and has documented that in writing, such is the case in his “Greenlights” book. Matthew McConaughey opened up about his parents and their relationship when he was growing up.

McConaughey Parenting Strategies

They often were violent and highly tumultuous, which has a way of impacting a growing child. His parents used fear as a form of parenting to keep him in line. He doesn’t use physical punishment for his kids and has developed his own parenting style with Camila.

“Camila and I are trying to do it different than my parents did, or even her parents did. Are we doing it better? I don’t know. We’ll see how the kids get out there and negotiate. Me and my two brothers have done alright, and my older brothers had it rougher than I did… ” the actor also said on the podcast.

The one thing he did carry on to his family is the southern manners he was raised with. His kids are expected to use “sir” and “ma’am” as well as always remembering their “please” and “thank you.”

McConaughey tries to give his kids more agency. He calls them three kids now starting “to become their own little people.” He subjects himself to more debates and conversations than he had as a child.

“I don’t know how it is for the mother, but for the father, a man’s never more masculine than that time when he has his first child,” McConaughey said regarding fatherhood.

Matthew McConaughey isn’t the only guest that has gotten personal with Bialik. She has also welcomed guests like Anthony Green, Hayley Williams, Lindsey Stirling, Angela Matusik, Jennette McCurdy, and Kelly Clarkson on the show.