He’s a real family man
From playing Brazilian drum music for eight hours straight in the operating room to help his wife give birth to their first child, to ensuring that there’s one day every week which is dedicated to family time, Matthew seems to be the perfect dad to his three young kids. Add to that his devotion to his wife of six years (although they’ve been together since 2005) and you have a rare breed among Hollywood’s elite – a wholesome family man.
Acting’s a dream job, and he’s not afraid to admit it
Let’s be real, acting in films is one of the best jobs in the world – you travel to exotic locations, pretend to be an incredibly interesting character and watch the pay cheques roll in. Most actors try to pretend that what they do is tremendously challenging and difficult, rather than a breeze of make-up teams, red carpets and awards afterparties. Matthew gets it though. In any interview that brings up acting as a career, he’s quick to note just how blooming lucky he is. He often views acting as working on vacation, especially when he gets to bring his family along.
He’s a charitable soul
If his languid Texan drawl didn’t give it away, Matthew is proud of his Southern background, and their famous friendliness and hospitality is channelled in his charitable nature. He is the founder of the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, which makes sure high school students lead active lives and make healthy choices by promoting fitness and nutrition, as well as participating in the community.
He remembers his roots
Not many A list actors moonlight as lecturers, but – as in many things – Matthew is the exception. He teaches a weekly class of his own creation, called Script to Screen, at his alma mater, the University of Texas, which addresses the production decisions and script changes that occur before a movie makes it to the big screen. That’s one class I don’t think anyone’s skipping.
He sticks to his guns
Matthew is a huge fan of the Washington Redskins, despite being a born-and-bred Texan. Why, you ask? Because when he was very young, his favourite food was a hamburger, and the Redskins had a linebacker called Chris Hanburger. Thus began a sporting love that lasts to this day, and we have massive respect for his continued loyalty, long after Hanburger’s career was fried.
Watch Matthew in Beach Bum, in cinemas 29th March