Matthew McConaughey

Religion, politics, and ideas ofMatthew McConaughey




1 Nov 2020

In an interview with Relevant Magazine, Matthew McConaughey said

I’m a believer. I believe in God. [...] God’s laying out the highways, but we each have our hand on the wheel. [...] Prayer is inventory. I go to church once a week. I go, I pray and I do inventory. I take a deep breath, understand myself as me being number two in God’s house, and go back through my week. [...] I do believe that it’s not over when we leave here. But it’s blatantly obvious that’s one of those things old science has not figured out yet. But science, to me, has always been the practical pursuit of God. [...] An individual in his small house: imploding. Just going through all the hardships, shaking the devils and monkeys off his back; just frustrated. It’s getting dark, dark, dark, dark, dark, dark, dark. And just outside his door, the one door to his one room that he’s in, stands Jesus, all right? The door only has one doorknob, but it’s on the inside. I love that image of that. God is there but we have to open the door. We have to grab the doorknob. It’s up to us to grab the knob and open the door.

McConaughey grew up Methodist, but appears to be a Catholic these days.

Despite much speculation, we don't know his political affiliations.


Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas and grew up there and in Longview, Texas.

McConaughey was raised Methodist. His parents took his name from the Bible and apparently were pretty serious about it. On why he never shortened his name to "Matt," the actor said,

[My mother] said: 'Your name is Matthew, I named you after the Bible. It is not Matt, do not ever answer to Matt in your life.' It was like 'Yes mam', so that's one of the things when people go 'Matt', I say 'Matthew, please'.[1]

But McConaughey was married in 2012 to a Brazilian woman in a Catholic ceremony,[2] and it appears he and his family attend church.[3] So chances are that he has a much stronger connection these days to the faith of his wife than to that of his childhood.

Too Texas to be a Democrat; too hippy to be a Republican

There is much speculation that McConaughey is a Republican.[4] But the evidence for that ranges from absolutely none to sketchy at best. One site seemed to think that because he called himself "a proud, patriotic American," that meant he was conservative.[5] I'm gonna have to call bullshit there. And if they think he's conservative because he's from Texas, they're going to have to come up with something better than that to convince me.

But then again, some people think he couldn't possibly be a Republican because he's a hippy who doesn't like to bathe,[6] or because he smokes pot and likes to play the bongos naked.[7] Bullshit indicator lights up again.

When it comes down to it, we just don't know which side of the aisle McConaughey stands on, if he stands anywhere. He is thankful for his gay fans and is supportive of the gay community,[8] but he hasn't come out in support of gay marriage that I could find. He hasn't talked about abortion, gun control, immigration reform, or health care–all divisive issues on the American political landscape. He was spotted jogging with George Clooney before the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina[9] but we're really stretching here.

Before we become guilty of taking turning non-indicative tidbits into political affiliation, let's give it a rest, because we just don't know about McConaughey.

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