Matthew McConaughey Reveals Why He Moved From Hollywood To Texas

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Despite his years spent in Hollywood, Matthew McConaughey always found himself drawn back to the South.

Why Matthew McConaughey Moved Back To The South

In an interview with Southern Living, Matthew and his wife talked about their decision and the values that drew them back to Texas.

“We were living a happy life in Malibu,” says Matthew’s wife, Camila. “We had a beautiful house that we’d built together and put a lot of love and care into. We were raising our kids there. I was growing everything in the yard. I had bees making honey.”

And although they had everything they dreamed of as they resided in Malibu, in 2014, the McConaugheys made a big change, leaving California for Texas.  For them, it wasn’t just a change of scenery; it was a return to an easier way of life.

The notion of relocating to Texas first emerged when a family crisis compelled them to travel to Austin to assist Matthew’s family. During this period, Camila observed a notable transformation in her husband’s demeanor— he seemed more at ease.

Matthew’s Appeal To The Southern Lifestyle

For McConaughey, residing in the South offers unique advantages that can’t be found elsewhere. According to him, being Southern entails treasuring storytelling and embracing life’s slower pace.

“We love to put rhyme to the reason; we’re good storytellers,” he said.

“I like the sense of time,” he further explained. “I like how 60 minutes feels like an hour. We’re in a rush for the right reasons.”

As they settled into their new residence, they also found peace in customary practices like attending Sunday church and sharing family dinners.

“Ritual came back, whether that was Sunday church, sports, dinner together as a family every night, or staying up after that telling stories in the kitchen.”

For Camila, who grew up in Brazil, Texas quickly felt like home. Its welcoming atmosphere and sense of belonging made the transition easy.

“We can travel all over the world but the moment I land in Texas, the gravity just comes down, my shoulders relax, I know I’m home,” she said.

Watch Matthew McConaughey explain why his family moved to Texas below.



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